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.

The PHEV is only one part of a bigger picture that Renault is working on. The company says new and better electrification technologies that could be used with both pure plug-ins and gas-powered vehicles will drastically change the specs for upcoming vehicles. That means next-gen, Zoe-like EVs that have a single-charge range of about 250 miles by 2020 or gas-powered cars that emit as little as 50 grams of CO2 per kilometer by that same deadline. We can get behind that.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 10 Comments
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      As I say before nissan will have a new PHEV qashqai in 2015 with less than 40g/km co2, with the new CMF platform share with renault, it bet this tech is coming from there, since they are sharing everything to cut cost. http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/nissan-qashqai-plug-in-hybrid-confirmed/1211420
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love how the intermittent gasoline usage is the key factor here. Tells you nothing about the efficiency of the gasoline powertrain or the electric powertrain. That's fine; We don't need any of this information.... :P
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        I agree that it would be good to hear what all the ratings are. But the average intermittent gasoline usage is certainly is a valid statistic in of itself. It really does allow people to compare their gasoline footprint to other vehicles, if that is what someone is primarily interested in.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 1 Year Ago
          @raktmn
          Depends on your commuting. Could be 40mpg, could be 999999999mpg depending. At least with the Chevy Volt, they told you the gasoline fuel economy straight up and the battery range. Your mileage will vary :P
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        I think it is kinda misleading. I'm guessing they use the European test cycle so it is already going to be higher than real world. Plus, if they did the test with a full battery it is theoretically possible that they could have run the test and not use any gas during the test. Would that mean that they get "Infinity MPG"? Ford did that with their plug in hybrid but they didn't get "Infinity MPG" from the EPA. I doubt that Renault/Nissan would bring it over here because then they would have to disclose actual energy usage from their system. Heaven forbid that the Europeans find out on the internet that the Americans tested the car and it doesn't get anywhere close to 141 MPG.
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      That looks like a nice car. Will they sell it in the US?
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan
        no, but nissan and renault are the same basically, so you see it as a nissan versa with same platform, technology not sure, as europe uses smaller engines.
      raktmn
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the US, there is a phrase for car companies that don't build 200+ mile range EV's by 2020. They will be called "buyers of Tesla ZEV credits". So I'm not surprised that Renault/Nissan are targeting a 250 mile next-gen Zoe-like car for the future. They will have to have one to compete with Tesla's next gen offerings by then.
        Smoking_dude
        • 1 Year Ago
        @raktmn
        Tesla Model C vs Renault Zoe II vs BMW i5, vs Volt II who knows. It is getting interesting
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Smoking_dude
          Tesla is not planning a Model C... the Model E is the next Tesla after the Model X.
    Share This Photo X