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Renault: Clio and Captur switching to hybrid

22. 01. 20.

Renault: Clio and Captur switching to hybrid

Renault’s bestsellers will soon be available with hybrid engines.

Except for the ephemeral Scenic Hybrid Assist with its mild hybrid powertrain, Renault has postponed offering hybridisation on its models, preferring to concentrate on the design and production of 100% electric vehicles. 

The 'diamond' brand is now catching up and launching, with its top-selling models Clio and Captur, its E-Tech technology, inspired by the Eolab concept of 2014. The system is based on a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine producing 91 hp paired with two electric motors. A surprising multimode dog-clutch transmission sends the combined power (140 hp for Clio, 160 hp for Captur) to the front wheels. It can handle 15 function combinations between the various motors. As there is no clutch, the vehicle always starts in 100% electric mode.

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The Clio E-Tech has a 230-volt, 1.2 kilowatt-hour battery while the Captur E-Tech Plug-in is fitted with 400-volt, 9.8 kWh battery. Both use the energy recovery system of the Renault Zoe with regenerative breaking which can increase thanks to the “B” driving mode (brake). The battery placement does not impact the capacity of the two models.  

Captur, a conventional plug-in hybrid, is capable of covering a distance of approximately 50 km in 100% electric mode at a top speed of 135 km/h. The Clio can operate in 100% electric, full EV mode across short distances, at a top speed of 70-75 km/h.

Sales of the Clio E-Tech and Capture E-Tech Plug-in will start in 2020, at prices that have yet to be announced. These two models introduce the brand’s major electric initiative with 8 full-electric models and 12 hybrids planned for its range. The Megane will be the next electrified model to be launched. Renault will also be announcing several global developments at the GIMS 2020.