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Why choose Renault Hybrid?

What are the differences between how hybrids and plug-in hybrids work?

Embracing electrification means driving another way. A hybrid engine lets you do exactly that, without compromising on performance.

Drive 100% electric – Press the EV mode button and enjoy fully electric driving for a distance of 30 miles (WLTP mixed cycle). The battery benefits from both regenerative braking, but can also be plugged in, just like a fully electric vehicle.

Versatility is the watchword for Renault plug-in hybrid technology. For everyday trips, drive in full electric mode without burning fuel, and head off on longer trips without having to worry about the distance.

Inspired by technology developed for F1, our hybrid technology includes more than 150 patents. This technology also draws on our expertise of 10 years of experience in electric vehicles, giving it the best that an electric vehicle has to offer you: driving pleasure and performance. 

SMC Renault Alderhsot and Weybridge What are the differences between how hybrids and plug-in hybrids work?
SMC Renault Alderhsot and Weybridge What are the differences between how hybrids and plug-in hybrids work?
SMC Renault Alderhsot and Weybridge What are the differences between how hybrids and plug-in hybrids work?
SMC Renault Alderhsot and Weybridge What are the differences between how hybrids and plug-in hybrids work?
SMC Renault Alderhsot and Weybridge What are the differences between how hybrids and plug-in hybrids work?
SMC Renault Alderhsot and Weybridge What are the differences between how hybrids and plug-in hybrids work?
SMC Renault Alderhsot and Weybridge What are the differences between how hybrids and plug-in hybrids work?
SMC Renault Alderhsot and Weybridge What are the differences between how hybrids and plug-in hybrids work?
SMC Renault Alderhsot and Weybridge What are the differences between how hybrids and plug-in hybrids work?
SMC Renault Alderhsot and Weybridge What are the differences between how hybrids and plug-in hybrids work?
SMC Renault Alderhsot and Weybridge What are the differences between how hybrids and plug-in hybrids work?
SMC Renault Alderhsot and Weybridge What are the differences between how hybrids and plug-in hybrids work?
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SMC Renault Alderhsot and Weybridge - ​Renault E-Tech Plug in Hybrid

​Renault E-Tech Plug in Hybrid

Plug in hybrids, you plug-in rechargeable hybrid vehicles to fully charge them. They have higher capacity batteries that are charged with regenerative braking. However, in order to take full advantage of all their features, they need to be plugged in and charged like electric vehicles.

This allows you to drive in full electric mode over long distances. You also benefit from a greater selection of driving modes, especially SPORT mode which can be found under the MULTI-SENSE settings.

What is a plug-in hybrid vehicle’s driving range?

Renault E-TECH plug-in vehicles are equipped with a 9.8 kWh (400 V) battery with a driving range of up to 30 miles (WLTP) mixed cycle in full electric mode.

By combining two electric motors with a combustion engine, Renault E-TECH vehicles start purely on electricity, without relying on the combustion engine. The E-Tech with this higher capacity battery makes driving a hybrid a pleasure.

How long does it take for the plug-in hybrid battery to run low?

Renault E-TECH technology optimises your vehicle’s electrical usage as much as possible when braking, decelerating and charging.

As the vehicle slows down, the electric engine acts as a generator. The energy produced when decelerating is recovered and transferred back to the battery.

When braking, the electric engine recovers surplus energy and transfers it back to the battery: everything is designed to keep your battery from getting low!

How do you charge a plug-in hybrid?

Plug-in hybrid vehicles can be connected to a power source so the battery receives a stronger charge than that provided under regenerative braking and deceleration. In this case, the process is like that of an electric vehicle:-

  • Plug your vehicle into a public charging point, available in some car parks, car-sharing networks, motorway service stops and even in some dealerships;
  • Plug your electric vehicle into a household outlet or into charging unit designed for faster charges.

Can you drive a plug-in hybrid even if the battery is not charged?

You can definitely drive your plug-in hybrid without a charged battery. Although it is designed as a combustion-assisted electric vehicle, the battery always has some energy stored away thanks to its self-charging technology. E-Tech hybrid technology: how does it work?

​Renault E-Tech hybrid – Non Plug in

E-Tech hybrid technology: how does it work? Hybrid: balance between electric and combustion.

Renault E-Tech is the innovative and exclusive technology of Renault. Protected by 150 patents, it was developed in collaboration with the Renault F1 teams, and draws on our expertise in electric vehicles

The E-Tech Hybrid drive system combines a combustion engine, two electric engines and a battery. Equipped with an automatic gearbox, our hybrid vehicles are efficient and smart in terms of energy management. Drive even greater distances in full electric mode! A combination of one combustion engine and two electric motors

​Renault E-Tech Non Plug in Hybrid

Renault hybrid vehicles have a 1.6-L petrol engine paired with two electric engines - an alternator and a traction motor - as well as a 200V battery.

E-TECH draws on the brand's expertise in electric technology to offer a selection of electrically-powered vehicles. With innovative energy recovery technology, it expands the range of possibilities for electric driving.

Do you need to charge the battery in a hybrid vehicle?

Which engine is used to start the vehicle

Renault E-tech hybrid cars start with 100% electric power, which continues during the first few kilometres to offer you a livelier pick-up... The vehicle switches to the combustion engine automatically after a few miles or sooner if needed. Can I drive in electric mode all of the time?

Can I drive in electric mode all of the time?

Under the combined electric and combustion engine types, hybrids can drive in electric mode for 80% of the time. Nevertheless, E-TECH technology captures more energy than most hybrids, so that you can drive electric for as long as possible.

Do the engines run all at the same time?

Hybrid vehicles were developed as electric vehicles that run with combustion assistance. This means they start up and travel the first few kilometres in full electric mode. When the battery lacks enough power, the combustion engine comes to the rescue and offers a fully hybrid traction, both running simultaneously.

Check out the Renault E-Tech Hybrid range at SMC Renault now CLICK HERE

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