Nissan may not show interest in plug-in hybrids, but French automaker/partner Renault sure does.

Renault Megane Sport Coupe

Renault Megane Sport Coupe

Renault is supposedly developing a plug-in hybrid C-segment automobile to "attract customers who want more range than the 150 km (93 miles) offered by Renault’s battery-electric vehicles," according to Ward's Auto.

Renault says it'll join the growing list of automakers who offer both BEVs and PHEVs.  In our opinion, the C-segment (think Ford Focus or VW Golf) is ideal for electrification.

As Ward's Auto reports, the PHEV Renault is "at the research stage," meaning that it's not yet been signed off for production.  Renault expects to make an announcement later this year regarding the production intent of its first PHEV.

Additional details on Renault's PHEV (via Ward's Auto) include:

  • Renault has filed 30 patents on its concept for a new electric motor for the PHEV integrated with a 3-speed transmission
  • The French automotive press has reported widely Renault will show a Clio-sized, 5-passenger PHEV concept at the Geneva auto show in March.
  • Unlike with its EVs, Renault will likely sell that battery with the PHEV, rather than opting to lease it to buyers.
  • Driving range of 19-25 miles (30-40 km) and a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) on battery alone are expected in Renaullt's PHEV
Finally, Renault says its target price for the C-segment PHEV is €20,000 ($27,000 USD) after subsidies.

Source: Ward's Auto