A new SUV coupe, a new hybrid power plant, an electric future, and its move towards a sustainable and responsible model, Renault has touched upon these points.
Renault has showcased a new powerplant, which is available as a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. This new engine was first unveiled with the EOLAB Concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The E-Tech Hybrid and E-Tech plug-in hybrid powertrains, as they are called, come with a 1.6-litre internal combustion petrol engine mated to two electric motors. One motor powers the vehicle when necessary, and the other one is a high-voltage starter-generator that aids in quick starts during stop-and-go traffic. The gearbox unit is a multi-mode clutch-less dog box, which works in tandem with the electric motors for precise shifts.
The E-Tech Hybrid engine gets a 1.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which, according to Renault, helps the engine consume less fuel. The E-Tech plug-in hybrid, on the other hand, gets a larger 10.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which can offer an all-electric range of 65km according to the WLTP City cycle test.
The engine can start on all-electric power from a stand-still, with the help of the high-voltage starter-generator mentioned above. The power is supplied to the wheels from the IC engine or the electric motor based on the drive mode selected by the driver. The engine is also equipped with a battery regeneration system that works during both deceleration and braking.
The E-Tech Hybrid tech will be available with the Renault Clio, Captur, and the upcoming Arkana – an SUV Coupe that has just made its global appearance. The E-Tech plug-in hybrid will be available with the new Captur, Megane sedan, and Megane wagon. In addition to this, Renault confirms that more hybrid and plug-in hybrid models are to be unveiled soon. Renault plans on becoming the greenest car manufacturer in Europe by 2030 and aims to have 90 per cent EVs in its portfolio by then. Also, Renault will reuse 80 per cent of recycled materials from its Re-factory in Europe in new batteries. However, all this lies in the distant future. In the next four years, Renault plans to introduce seven all-new models, which will be all-electric. Also, a 1.2-litre three-cylinder hybrid motor for S-segment SUV will be showcased soon.