Hybrid Renault Captur has a fuel consumption of 1.5 liters per 100 kilometersJanuary 12, 2020
Renault introduced electrified versions of Clio and Captur
Renault showed hybrid performances of European bestsellers – the Clio hatchback and the Captur crossover. E-Tech hybrid power plants debuted on new products, consisting of an aspirated 1.6, two electric motors and a three-shaft transmission without clutch and synchronizers.
The Renault E-Tech three-engine power plant consists of a traction motor behind the gearbox, an auxiliary starter generator and a 1.6-liter gasoline engine. The internal combustion engine is connected only during movement and does not work at idle, so that a start from a place occurs only due to electric traction.
An unusual concept made it possible to do without clutch: jerking during switching smooths the traction electric motor; E-Tech architecture sequentially distributes power flows between gasoline and electric engines. System components can work in 15 combinations. When developing the E-Tech hybrid drivetrain, Renault engineers focused on the super-economical Eolab concept.
Installations for Clio and Captur differ in capacity of traction batteries. A hatchback with a moderately hybrid system and a 230-volt battery with a capacity of 1.2 kilowatt-hours does not require recharging, but travels on a “clean” electric traction only a few kilometers. The crossover uses a rechargeable hybrid circuit with a 400-volt battery with a capacity of 9.8 kilowatt-hours: the hybrid Captur is able to travel up to 50 kilometers without using an internal combustion engine using the WLTP mixed cycle.
The dynamic characteristics of the electrified versions are not declassified: it is known that the power plant on the Clio produces 140 horsepower, on the Captur – 160 horsepower, and for an all-terrain vehicle 1.5 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers in a combined cycle are declared. On the fuel economy of the hybrid Clio, it is said that an electrified hatchback consumes 40 percent less fuel in the urban cycle compared to the gasoline counterpart.
Renault Clio E-Tech and Captur E-Tech will enter the European market in the summer. To meet the environmental standard of 2021, Renault will release a galaxy of new products by 2022: 12 hybrids and eight electric cars have been announced. Probably the next premiere of the French company will be a benzo-electric version of Megane E-Tech.
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