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Renault To Add Plug-In Hybrid To Electric Car Range?

Some say that launching an electric car in today’s market is still something of a risk.

Launching four of them then, as French automaker Renault has done, could be considered suicidal.

But Nissan’s French partner has forged ahead nevertheless, and it now intends to add a plug-in hybrid model to its ever-growing range of electrically-powered cars.

2012 Renault Fluence ZE electric car, powered by Better Place in Israel [photo: Brian of London]

2012 Renault Fluence ZE electric car, powered by Better Place in Israel [photo: Brian of London]

Wards Auto reports that Renault is currently developing a plug-in hybrid compact car as a means of diversifying from its current electric models.

The Twizy, the Zoe, the Kangoo van and the recently-discontinued Fluence ZE sedan all offer real-world ranges below a hundred miles or so, but the positive reception for some plug-in hybrids and range-extended vehicles shows there’s still a market for a halfway-house between hybrids and full EVs.
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