Renault hybrid price close to ToyotaOctober 26, 2020
After reviewing the Toyota Synergy Drive, Renault found that the cost of the components used is similar to what they spend on their e-tech hybrid system.
Renault CEO Luca de Meo said that the company’s hybrid technology is very close in cost to a similar system from Toyota, despite the fact that the Japanese corporation has been developing in this area for more than 20 years. This was reported by Autonews Europe.
The Renault chief, in particular, promised that he would significantly reduce the cost of the e-tech system in the next two to three years, which is similar to Toyota’s technology in the sense that it uses a series-parallel system that can only drive the car with electricity or internal combustion engine as an add-on.
The general director of the French corporation also said that the cost of the system will continue to decline due to the fact that the manufacturer, instead of the standard gearbox, will resort to using a transmission without a clutch, and a second electric motor to synchronize the internal combustion engine and an electric motor. In turn, Toyota uses the same system called the E-CVT.
In addition, it was recently noted that the French company Renault will stop assembling vans for Fiat. It should be emphasized that the partnership between the two brands was decided to curtail due to the upcoming merger of Fiat Chrysler with rivals PSA.
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