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Trevor Collett | Oct, 07 2013 | 1 Comment

Renault is reportedly preparing to move away from an all-electric approach to green cars, by launching a hybrid model before 2020.

The French carmaker is understood to be considering both a ‘traditional’ petrol-electric hybrid, along with a plug-in hybrid.

Speaking with French newspaper Les Echos, Renault Powertrain Director, Marc Bodin, reportedly said the carmaker was in the research stages for a future hybrid project.

"We are studying the gradual introduction of the hybrid in our lines by 2020 and we are working on all available technologies," Mr Bodin said.

Renault CEO Carlos Tavares has already hinted at future hybrid models for the French carmaker, saying that “low-cost” hybrid projects were in the pipeline and comparing the two options during an interview last year.

“The mild (traditional) hybrid has the advantage of being less expensive and can target segment volumes, which is our vocation. As for the plug-in hybrid, it combines very interesting advantages and a requirement to improve the cost barrier, given the presence of two big engines," Mr Tavares said.

It is believed Renault will turn to Japanese partner Nissan, which has hybrid technology set to hit the market next year.

Mr Bodin said Nissan had a head-start on hybrids, with the power-plants already abundant in Japan, but Renault would also be injecting their own expertise into the technology, citing their experience in Formula 1.

Renault did not say which of its models would be the first to get the hybrid treatment, but a production version of the Ititiale Paris concept from the Frankfurt Motor Show could be a starter.

The French carmaker's all-EV future suffered a blow earlier this year with the collapse of the Better Place charging station program, in which Renault was a partner.

 
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