While it's sister company, Nissan
, may still be chasing after hybrids
and dreaming of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
, reports say that Renault
has had enough. It's dropped the duo and has decided it wants to go steady with electric vehicles
. Company COO Patrick Pelata has let it be known that all its research and development resources will be be strictly focused on battery-powered locomotion and that they hope to have a third of the Renault
line-up electric in 10 years.
In the near term, the French automaker will focus on three particular models
equipped with batteries from NEC
to give them all over 100 miles of range. They include an electric version of the Kangoo, a sedan to fulfill its Better Place commitment in Israel
but also with European availability as well as a smaller 5-seat hatchback. Renault is also said to still be flirting with a battery lease
and swap model.