According to French newspaper Les Echos, Renault is working on hybrid technologies, including a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which it may offer in its passenger vehicles by the end of the decade.
Renault’s hybrid development work remains in the “exploratory stage,” a spokesman told Automotive News Europe when asked about the report. “We have yet to make a decision about whether we will launch a hybrid car model,” the spokesman said.
Les Echos quoted Marc Bodin, director of powertrain strategy, as saying: “We are studying the gradual introduction of hybrids in our range by 2020.”
The spokesman said the automaker is working on a wide range of hybrid technologies, including a full hybrid drivetrain. He added Renault is also developing hybrid technologies for its low-cost Dacia division. “We want to make our technologies accessible, so we would, of course, offer a hybrid Dacia model as an affordable hybrid alternative if Renault were to ever decide to launch hybrid cars.”
The production version of the Initiale Paris concept could be the first Renault passenger vehicle to get a hybrid drivetrain, Les Echos said. The concept was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show last month and previews the replacement for the Espace van.
Via Automotive News, Les Echos
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