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Report – Renault to develop plug-in hybrids

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.”


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