going green E-Tech comes to Renault trio
It was a big week for EV announcements in the motor industry with pricing announcements and new models revealed.
But it was the launch of Renault's E-Tech system that caught our eye the most, taking the car giant way beyond their top-selling Zoe and soon to be arriving Arkana.
Renault has introduced E-TECH powertrains into three of its most successful models ever: the Clio, Captur and Mégane, giving car buyers even more options.
There is still a lot of nervousness among Irish car buyers about making the leap into a full-electric vehicle so Renault is currently focussed on creating hybrid versions of their cars to help motorists ease into the future of driving.
The new Clio hybrid has the same powertrain set-up as the Captur (1.6-litre petrol engine, two electric motors) and has a clutchless automatic transmission. Renault claims petrol consumption of 4.4l/100km and CO2 emissions of 98g/km. It comes with a small 1.2kWh unit, so will only offer you 2km on electric power.
The Captur PHEV also gets a new 1.6-litre petrol-electric powertrain but this time there is a 9.8kWh battery driving two electric motors with an impressive 50km range of zero emission driving. There is a new Pure mode especially for this model, which allows for all-electric driving when the battery is fully charged.
An E-Save function limits battery use and saves it for urban driving, for example. Total power output is 160hp and they claim fuel consumption is as low as 1.5l/100km with 33g/km of CO2.
Last up is the Mégane range which gets a light facelift as well as the addition of a new plug-in hybrid which joins the Mégane Sport Tourer range. The new PHEV version also has the popular 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors and clutch-less gearbox. The combined powertrain develops 160hp.
Low (30g/km) CO2 and claimed 1.3 l/100km economy will attract attention from those thinking of switching to an "electrified" car.
January prices, based on new VRT rates, include the Clio hybrid from €24,995, Captur PHEV from €34,695 with the Megane Sport Tourer PHEV from €34,990. Renault say prices are before SEAI grants which, if applied at €5,000 for both plug-in hybrids, should reduce prices to under €30,000 for private customers.
Renault Ireland has committed its future to electric vehicles (EVs) by providing up to €2 million in Green Grants to help customers move to cleaner, lower-emission cars next year.
Patrick Magee, country operations director for Renault Group Ireland, told Motormouths: "Despite whatever happens with Government grant funding for electric vehicles for 2021, we are serious about providing our own grant through our €1,000 Green Grant offer and our bank has committed to €60m to finance cars from our electrified range. We have to push this along and reduce the older car park in this country, and move towards getting more hybrids and fully electric vehicles on the road and helping to reduce CO2 levels."
Head along to your local Renault dealership to get more information or log on to renault.ie