Groupe Renault aims to offer the most environmentally friendly product mix of the European market with more than 2025 percent electric and electric assisted vehicles in 65 and up to 2030 percent electric vehicles in 90.
Speaking at the global event Renault eWays ElectroPop, Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo said: “The Renault Group is experiencing historic momentum in its electric vehicle strategy and 'Made in Europe'. We are increasing our competitiveness at home by establishing Renault ElectriCity, our compact, efficient, high-tech electric vehicle ecosystem in Northern France, together with MegaFactory, the electric powertrain in Normandy. We will conduct trainings, investments and partnerships with the best players in their fields such as ST Micro-electronics, Whylot, LG Chem, Envision AESC, Verkor. We will develop 10 new electric models and produce up to one million electric vehicles by 2030, from low-cost urban vehicles to high-end sporty vehicles. In addition to efficiency, we also keep up-to-date iconic designs such as the popular R5 to contribute to the electrification process with a Renault touch. Thus, we will make electric cars more popular.”
Product range: Electro-pop cars
Groupe Renault will make the most of electric vehicle platforms by introducing 2025 new electric vehicles, 7 of which are Renault, by 10. The iconic Renault 5 with a modern and electric touch, from the battery to the electric powertrain and assembly, will be built by Renault ElectriCity in Northern France with the new CMF-B EV platform.
The group will also bring to life another iconic star, currently called 4ever, which is predicted to be an immortal classic. Groupe Renault will also make a strong move to the all-electric C-segment with the new MéganE. Also introduced in January, Alpine's "dream garage" is coming true from 2024.
Renault aims to offer the most environmentally friendly product range of the European market with more than 2025 percent electric and electric assisted vehicles in 65 and up to 2030 percent electric vehicles in 90.
Special platforms for electric vehicles
The Group is also developing the CMF-EV and CMF-BEV platforms with its 10 years of experience in the field of electric vehicle platforms.
The CMF-EV platform for the C and D segments offers enhanced driving pleasure. This platform will represent 2025 units at Alliance level by 700. CMF-EV offers a WLTP range of up to 580 km with low energy consumption. This performance is based on the deep knowledge of the Group and Nissan's engineers working on friction and weight reduction and cutting-edge thermal management technologies.
Apart from its low center of gravity and ideal weight distribution, which makes driving responses more agile, CMF-EV offers a unique driving pleasure with its low steering ratio and multi-link rear suspension. Manufactured in Douai, the new MéganE will also rise on the CMF-EV platform.
The CMF-BEV, on the other hand, will allow Groupe Renault to produce affordable BEVs in the B segment. This new platform reduces cost by 33 percent compared to the current generation ZOE. This is achieved on a volume scale with a replaceable battery module, a lower cost and compact size 100 kW powertrain and non-vehicle components of the CMF-B platform, and 2025 million vehicles per year by 3. Without sacrificing design, acoustics and driving characteristics, the CMF-BEV will be affordable, with a range of up to 400 km according to WLTP.
Competitive electric vehicles made in France
The group also announced that it has established Renault ElectriCity for “Made in France” cars on June 9, 2021. This new formation in northern France brings together Renault's three factories in Douai, Maubeuge and Ruitz, as well as a strong supplier ecosystem. From 2024, cost-effective batteries will be supplied by the massive Envision-AESC factory in Douai.
With a successful transition from traditional internal combustion engines to electric powertrains, this new industrial ecosystem will create 2024 new jobs by the end of 700. Groupe Renault, together with AESC Envision and Verkor, will create 2030 new jobs in France by 4.
Renault ElectriCity, the largest production base for electric vehicles in Europe, enables the Renault Group to make these factories the most competitive and efficient electric vehicle production point in Europe by 2025. The target: to produce 400 thousand vehicles per year and to reduce the production cost to approximately 3 percent of the vehicle value.
Battery expertise to cover one million electric vehicles across the Alliance by 2030
With the strength of its 10 years of experience in the electric vehicle value chain, Groupe Renault is also preparing for important moves in battery production. Batteries produced with an NMC (Nickel, Manganese and Cobalt) based manufacturing method and a unique cell footprint will cover all BEV platform vehicles. By 2030, it will cover up to one million electrified vehicles of all models across the Alliance. This selection of content offers up to 20 percent more range than other content solutions, much better recycling performance and a very competitive cost per kilometer.
Groupe Renault also signed a memorandum of understanding to own more than 20 percent of French start-up Verkor. The two partners plan to jointly develop a high-performance battery suitable for the C and higher segments of the Renault range and for Alpine models. The group will gradually reduce its costs by 10 percent at the package level in less than 60 years.
Innovative electric power-train systems
Group Renault is one step ahead of the competition as the only OEM with its own e-motor based on electrically driven synchronous motor (EESM) technology. Having already made most of the investment, the Group has managed to halve the cost of batteries over the last decade and will catch up again in the next decade. The Group will gradually integrate new technological developments into its EESM from 2024.
The group has also signed a partnership with French Start-up Whylot for an innovative axial-flux e-motor. This technology will first be applied in hybrid powertrain systems. Your solution; According to the WLTP norm (for B/C segment passenger cars), it is aimed to reduce costs by 2,5 percent while saving 2 grams of CO5. Group Renault will be the first OEM to produce an axial-flux e-motor on a large scale from 2025.
Alongside these new technologies, the group is working on a more compact electric powertrain called all-in-one. This electric powertrain; It consists of a combination of the Single Box Project implemented in e-motor, reducer and power electronics. This results in a 45 percent reduction in size (equivalent to the volume of the current generation Clio fuel tank), a 30 percent reduction in powertrain cost (equivalent to the cost of an e-motor) and a 45 percent reduction in wasted energy, up to 20 km of additional electric drive according to the WLTP norm. will provide range.