Renault Group will launch 10 new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2025, seven of them for the Renault brand, with a new platform promising cheaper plug-in cars.
Renault is reviving the iconic Renault 5 in electric, promising the same for the Renault 4, currently named ‘4ever’. Plus, starting with the All-New MéganE in 2022, Renault’s C-segment will also see the Alpine ‘dream garage’ launch in 2024.
With more than 65% of vehicles in the sales mix electric and electrified, and up to 90% BEVs in the Renault brand mix by 2030, the manufacturer aims to have the greenest selection of vehicles in the European market by 2025.
CEO of Renault Group, Luca de Meo, spoke on the matter:
“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”.
By 2030, Renault and its alliance partners, Nissan and Mitsubishi, will be producing one million EVs globally a year, up from the 200,000 they made in 2020, the French carmaker said.
The Renault Group and Nissan’s engineers have been working on reduced friction, weight reduction, and a state-of-the-art thermal management system.
Renault says the CMF-E, which The All-New MéganE will be based on, offers greater driving pleasure thanks to its low centre of gravity and optimal weight distribution, a very low steering ratio allowing quick vehicle responses and a multi-link rear suspension setup.
It also stated that the CMF B-EV platform would allow it to produce a vehicle at two-thirds of the cost of making the Zoe model now:
"We want to democratise electric technology," de Meo said. "When you have a car at 20 to 25,000 euros, you have much more chance than selling a car at 45,000 euros. It's as simple as that".
De Meo's turnaround plan, which he calls a "Renaulution", is to lay off thousands of workers, cut the model range and improve cooperation between alliance partners on production.
Renault announced this month it would combine three of its plants in northern France into a new legal entity, Renault ElectriCity, that will produce 400,000 vehicles a year by 2025.