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Renault readying 141-mpg PHEV for Geneva, expects 250-mile EVs by 2020

Think of it as the three-digit MPG car for the rest of us. Renault is working on a Clio-like plug-in hybrid vehicle that will be shown off at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and may get 141 miles per gallon, MSN reports, citing Renault research executive Remi Bastien. The French automaker says aerodynamics, and not lightweighting, are the key.

For Renault, that means avoiding carbon-fiber parts that automakers like BMW are using to make the car lighter but that also add substantial costs to the car. Auto Express says Bastien claims that the upcoming Renault PHEV will be substantially cheaper than Volkswagen’s XL1. That won’t be all that difficult, since that 250+ miles per gallon teardrop will cost a reported $150,000.
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