Renault kicked off its eWays online event, which will last several days and will include the presentation of new models and conferences with experts in sustainable mobility, among other things. Without a doubt, the main protagonists during the inauguration were the new 100% electric Dacia Spring and Renault Megane eVision.
However, the brand also took the opportunity to present several new hybrid models: the current Clio e-Tech, Captur e-Tech Plug-in, and Megane e-Tech Plug-in Sport Tourer (station wagon) have been joined by Captur e -Tech, Arkana e-Tech, and Megane e-Tech Plug-in Hatch (five doors). Therefore, the Renault e-Tech range will be made up of three hybrids and three plug-in hybrids.
The Captur e-Tech and Arkana e-Tech use the 140 hp powertrain already seen in the Clio e-Tech. Sitting on the CMF-B modular platform of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, both SUVs combine a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine from Nissan with two electric powertrains, giving them a combined total power of 140 hp.
In the case of the Megane e-Tech Plug-in, the power of the set rises to 160 hp. Its battery has a capacity of 9.9 kWh (non-plug-in e-Tech models use a 1.2 kWh pack), thanks to which it manages to homologate a range of 32 miles. Its arrival on the market will take place throughout the first half of 2021.
On the other hand, Renault also presented the mild-hybrid versions of its 1.3 TCe engine, developed jointly with Daimler (Mercedes-Benz). Curiously, the French firm has opted for a micro-hybrid system of only 12 volts then the 48 volts that we can see in most of its rivals.
At the moment, it is unknown what other hybrid models Renault will launch in the short term. However, we should not rule out the arrival of a non-plug-in e-Tech version to the Megane range and an e-Tech Plug-in variant to the Arkana.