Renault has revealed its intentions of showcasing an ultra-frugal concept next March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Renault has revealed its intentions of showcasing an ultra-frugal concept next March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Volkswagen might have the XL1 but it costs 110,000 EUR so Renault is working on a very thrifty Clio-sized concept which could spawn an "affordable" version, according to the firm's head of research, advanced studies and materials Remi Bastien. While the XL1 returns an impressive 261 mpg US (313 mpg UK or 0.9 liters / 100 km), Renault's concept will do "only" 117 mpg US (141 mpg UK or 2 liters / 100 km).

It will be a plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid which will offer just about the same space and comfort as a Clio. If the concept will receive positive feedback, a B-segment production version could happen and won't cost an arm and a leg as it's the case with the XL1.

In their quest for slashing CO2 emissions, Renault says that while for conventional-powered vehicles is more important to reduce weight, for EVs the focus should be on aerodynamics. They say the weight of an electric vehicle can be used to aid generative braking to harvest more kinetic energy while the car is slowing down.

We won't see carbon fiber in upcoming Renault cars because one of the company's objectives is to reduce costs for the consumer. Adding this lightweight material in production would surely bump up the price tag, a situation which Renault wants to avoid.

Note: 2009 Renault Zoe Z.E. Concept pictured

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