Aramco to acquire 10% stake in Renault and Geely powertrain JV

Global energy major Aramco signs pact to acquire 10% equity in Horse Powertrain, which is expected to have an annual production of five million powertrain units encompassing a portfolio of advanced powertrain technologies for partners around the world; Renault Group and Geely each retain 45% equity stakes.

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Aramco to acquire 10% stake in Renault and Geely powertrain JV

Aramco, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals companies, through a wholly owned subsidiary has signed definitive agreements to acquire a 10% equity interest in HORSE Powertrain, the new global powertrain solutions company, alongside Renault Group, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, and Geely Automobile Holdings. HORSE Powertrain was formed on May 31, 2024, by Renault Group and Geely and is incorporated and headquartered in London, UK.

Aramco will acquire a 10% equity interest in HORSE Powertrain in equal parts from Renault Group and Geely, which will each retain 45% equity stakes. The price to be paid by Aramco at closing, which is subject to customary closing conditions including the receipt of regulatory approvals, will be based on a 7.4 billion euros enterprise valuation.   

Multiple powertrain solutions
This investment aims to enhance Aramco’s contribution to the global energy transition through the development and commercialization of more efficient mobility solutions. The agreements also include collaboration arrangements for Aramco and Valvoline on technologies, fuels, and lubricants to collectively improve the performance of HORSE Powertrain internal combustion engines (ICE).

Aramco, Renault Group, and Geely share the view that the automotive industry will require a combination of various technologies — including highly efficient ICE, transmissions and hybrid powertrains, alternative fuels such as lower-carbon synthetic fuels and lower-carbon hydrogen, as well as vehicle electrification — to support an orderly energy and mobility transition around the world.

All types of powertrain solutions are covered – full hybrids and long-range plug-in hybrids as well as internal combustion engines that use alternative fuels such as ethanol, methanol, LPG, CNG, hydrogen.

HORSE Powertrain’s aim is to lead the race towards lower emission next-generation technologies, and Aramco’s unique capabilities, including a global network of R&D centres where research on synthetic fuels, hydrogen, and ICE optimization is conducted, can help facilitate the development of more sustainable and accessible lower-carbon solutions.

Ahmad O. Al Khowaiter, Aramco Executive Vice President of Technology & Innovation, said: “Aramco’s investment is expected to directly contribute to the development and deployment of affordable, efficient, and lower-carbon emission internal combustion engines globally. With Geely and Renault, we plan to leverage our collective expertise and resources to support ground-breaking advances in both engine and fuel technologies. With a strong emphasis on innovation, our goal is to provide solutions that can help reduce transport greenhouse gas emissions while meeting the needs of both vehicle manufacturers and motorists.”

Luca de Meo, Renault Group CEO, said: “Mitigating carbon in the automotive industry won’t be a solo play. It requires the best players to join forces to open new paths and come up with innovative solutions. That is what’s happening today as we welcome Aramco as a strategic partner in HORSE Powertrain Limited. A dream team is born to reinvent the future of ICE and hybrid technologies.” 

Daniel Li, Geely Holding CEO, said: “Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions will require global synergies, multi-faceted technological solutions, and the sharing of expertise. With Aramco’s support and expertise in fuel technologies, HORSE Powertrain Limited further cements its role as a leader in pioneering low-carbon and carbon-free fuel technology solutions such as methanol and hydrogen.”

Matias Giannini, HORSE Powertrain Limited CEO, said: “I am delighted that Aramco has joined HORSE Powertrain Limited. Their expertise in fuels and hydrogen makes them a great partner for us to deliver cutting-edge, lower-emission powertrain solutions, driving our industry’s carbon mitigation efforts forward. Together, we will set new benchmarks for innovation in the automotive sector.”


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