“We will offer both as plug-in hybrids. We will take one step at a time in this case and offer the drivetrains first, which are the most appropriate for the respective markets. Then we will enlarge our offers.”
Ulrich Hackenberg, head of technical development for Audi, talks about the upcoming A4 and Q7. He believes that the plug-in versions will sell especially well in California, for instance.
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“Offering a selling price for a PHEV in a segment where the competition has an HEV… is a strong move for Renault, in terms of concept and for Renault’s goal of ‘mobility accessible to everyone.'”
Jean-Pierre Fouquet, head of Renault’s new PHEV project, says that battery prices will have to drop before the Renault PHEV will hit the road. So far, the carmaker leases the battery to drivers, but the target price of the new vehicle is said to include it.