Taking a serious move towards complete electrification of its lineup, Renault has decided to reduce the number of diesel in its portfolio in order to make way for a hybrid version of their top-selling models.
The company has planned the launch of plug-in variants of its Megane compact car and Captur small SUV as well as an alternate powertrain of Clio in Europe by 2020.
A stern word from Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn iterated the company’s plans of cutting the number of diesel engines in the line-up by half in the coming years. This move is to be seen as a result of policymakers tightening the emission standards as well as putting a ban on diesel engines all around the world.
“We are obviously headed for the end of diesel,” Ghosn told reporters at the auto show here on Tuesday. “It’s the end of the game,” he said.
“Consumers say, ‘Why should I buy diesel when I will be trapped in 3 or 4 years down the road’?” with cars they cannot sell, Ghosn said.
Reports suggest that Renault’s upcoming plug-in hybrid tech is expected to be called as e-tech which will utilise two synchronous electric motors mounted between a transmission alongside a 1.6-litre gasoline engine where one motor will start the engine and the other one will be used for propulsion.