Renault to invest over a billion euros in EV program in France

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 14 Jun 2018

The Renault Group is accelerating the deployment of its Drive The Future strategic plan with an investment of more than one billion euros for the development and production of electric vehicles in France. 

With an aim to strengthen leadership of its French industrial base in the growing electric vehicle market, Groupe Renault plans to:

- Introduce a new Alliance electric platform in Douai to create a second Renault electric vehicle production site;

- Double Zoe production capacity and the launch a new Zoe at Flins, the only Zoe production site in the world;

- Triple electric motor production capacities at Cleon and introduce a new generation electric motor from 2021.

- Invest in Maubeuge for the production of the next generation of the Kangoo family, including the electric utility vehicle Kangoo Z.E.


 Commenting on the new investment program, Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of Renault, said: "The acceleration of our investments in France for electric vehicles will increase the competitiveness and attractiveness of our French industrial sites. Within the framework of its Drive the Future strategic plan and with the Alliance, Groupe Renault is giving itself the means to maintain its leadership in the electric vehicle market and to continue to develop new sustainable mobility solutions for all."

In an electric vehicle market with strong potential, the Alliance is the world leader in electric vehicles and Groupe Renault is the leader in Europe. Renault posted 38% growth in electric vehicle sales in Europe, with a 44% increase in ZOE registrations and a 23.8% market share in 2017.

Renault previously announced that it plans to recruit 5,000 employees on permanent contracts in France between 2017 and 2019 and to spend 235 million euros on training over the same period.

Focused on the future, Renault's plants are adapting to meet the demands of their customers and the new challenges of the automotive sector. The Group intends to continue the modernisation and digitalisation of its French industrial network to ensure a high level of activity at its sites.

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