Renault accelerates EV strategy, plans 10 new BEVs by 2025

Renault Group targets raising the share of electric vehicles in sales mix to 65 percent by 2025 and 90 percent by 2030.

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Renault plans to accelerate its EV strategy. The carmaker targets over 65 percent of electric vehicles in the sales mix by 2025 and up to 90 percent electric vehicles in the Renault brand mix in 2030.

Taking advantage of its dedicated EV platforms, the Group plans launching 10 new battery-electric vehicles by 2025, seven of them for the Renault brand. The iconic Renault 5 with a modern and electric twist will be made in Northern France, from battery to e-powertrain to assembly, on the brand-new CMF-BEV platform, by Renault ElectriCity.

Earlier on June 9, 2021, the Group announced the creation of Renault ElectriCity. This new legal entity in northern France gathers the three Renault plants of Douai, Maubeuge and Ruitz, as well as the ecosystem of supplier facilities.  This industrial ecosystem will also help creating 700 new jobs by the end of 2024.

Speaking about the accelerated EV ambition, Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group said, “By building our compact, efficient, high-tech electric ecosystem Renault ElectriCity in Northern France together with our e-powertrain MegaFactory in Normandy, we create the conditions of our competitiveness, at home. We’ll train, invest and partner up with established and emerging best-in-class players in their fields: ST Micro-electronics, Whylot, LG Chem, Envision AESC, Verkor. Ten new electric models will be conceived and up to one million electric vehicles will be manufactured by 2030, from cost-efficient urban vehicles to sportier, higher-end ones. As well as efficiency, we bet on iconic designs such as the beloved R5 to bring the Renault touch to electrification, making electric cars popular.”

For the C- and D-segment, Renault’s CMF-EV platform offers enhanced driving performance. This platform will represent 700,000 units at Alliance level by 2025. CMF-EV offers a range up to 360 miles (580km, WLTP) with very low energy consumption. This performance comes from the Group and Nissan’s engineers working on reduced friction, weight reduction and a state-of-the-art thermal management system.

For the B-segment, CMF-BEV platform will allow the Renault Group to make affordable BEVs for everyone. At vehicle scale, this brand-new platform will reduce the cost by 33 percent compared to the current generation Zoe. This has been achieved with the interchangeability of the battery module, a right-sized powertrain of 100kW at lower cost, and all non-EV components caried-over from the CMF-B platform. CMF-BEV will be affordable with impressive performance offering up to 249 miles (400km, WLTP. This platform will also feature the Group’s ‘Plug & Charge’ system that automatically identifies the car, driver and payment based on the NF-C 15118 regulation and secure communication protocol.

The Group will also revive another iconic star, currently named 4ever. The French carmaker will also strengthen its presence in the all-electric C-segment, firstly with the All-New MéganE in 2022, while the Alpine “dream garage” unveiled in January will become a reality, starting in 2024.

Renault also signed a partnership with the French Start-up Whylot for automotive axial flux e-motor. This technology will first be applied on hybrid powertrains aiming to reduce the costs by 5 percent while saving up to 2.5g CO2 on WLTP (for B/C-segment passenger car). Renault Group will be the first OEM to produce axial flux e-motor on a large scale from 2025.

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