Giant factory and ten new electric cars – here are Renault’s electrification plans


A “Megafactory”, ten new electric cars and higher profitability. Renualt says that it is now putting in the highest gear to secure the brand for the future. “Today there is a historic acceleration of Renault’s electric car strategy and for ‘made in Europe'”, says the brand’s manager.

French state-owned Renualt was out early with electric cars and together with the alliance partner Nissan, they have long been the major volume manufacturer. Now they have taken the next big important step and launched an ambitious strategy for what is to come.

During an event, the company’s CEO Luca de Mer revealed that by 2025 they will launch ten new electric cars, invest in the development of their own technology for electric motors and build a “Megafactory” in northern France as part of their “Electricity investment”.

By 2030, 90 percent of all Renaults sold will be fully electric, which is more pointed than previously said when it was communicated that a larger part would be hybrids.

So how do you accomplish this?

Batteries

Within the alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi, Renault will invest in batteries with NMC chemistry (nickel, manganese, cobalt) and by 2030 it will produce one million batteries. Renault says that the composition provides high cost-effectiveness per kilometer and up to 20 percent longer range compared to other chemical choices. In addition, it is easier to recycle.

As part of its electric car strategy, Renault, together with Envision AESC, will build its own battery factory in Douai, France, which in 2024 will have a capacity of 9 GWh annual production and 2030 expanded to 24 GWh.

In addition, the brand buys into the start-up company Verkor, which develops “high-performance batteries”. Technology that is intended for the larger cars and for the niche brand Alpine. By 2026, it is expected to build its own gigafactory for these. In the first stage, it is 10 GWh and by 2030 it will be up to 20 GWh

The goal is to reduce the cost of the batteries to below 80 dollars / kWh before the next battery technology makes its entrance.

In total, this will provide 44 GWh by 2030 if everything goes as planned. It can be compared with eg Volvo, which together with Northvolt will build capacity of 50 GWh or Tesla, which aims for up to 250 GWh in its Gigafactory Berlin.

Own electric motor

Batteries are not the only thing Renault wants to own. In the future, they will aim to develop and build their own electric motors. And like BMW, the focus is on machines completely without rare earth metals and permanent magnets.

For hybrid models, a new type of axial flow engine will be used, and Renault sees that with the help of these they can cut the costs of a hybrid by five percent while reducing emissions by up to 2.5 g carbon dioxide per km.

The engines will be built in a “Megafactory”, which is probably more about a cool name in the style of “gigafactory” than that it would be something very special.

Electric car platforms

Within the Group, there are two platform alternatives for electric cars. CMF-EV is for the larger cars and on this you should be able to poke in batteries that give ranges of up to 580 km. The new Méganè is the first car to be built on this platform

For smaller cars, the platform is called CMF-BEV and the big advantage here is that you will be able to reduce the price of the vehicles by as much as 33 percent compared to the current generation Zoe.

Here, the range should be up to 400 km and Renault says that the platform will be so-called plug & charge compatible according to the new standard NF-C 15118. This means that the car and charging station completely solves authentication and payment of charge – which means that apps and rfid tags can be discarded.

Renault has previously shown a concept version of a new “5th”, ie an electric car that will shoulder the mantle after the model which in its rally / turbo vintage has become a real icon. This will be built on the smaller model – and thus be a cheaper car.

Although Renault “4ever” was presented as a new timeless iconic star, could it be an electric version of Renault 4? The car that in Sweden was marketed with “If you buy a car on the look, you can stop reading here. Not beautiful, not fast, but a practical and cheap means of transport for those of you who dare to look sensibly at the car purchase ”.


Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.

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