Published by Groupe Renault on 10.24.2019 - 3 min
Groupe Renault has constantly been at the forefront of promoting the development of electric mobility. This started with the public unveiling of its “zero emissions in use*” strategy with a complete range of affordable vehicles back in 2009, and continues today with the launch of New ZOE, the capture of the Chinese market, the exploration of technologies to complement all-electric power and new shared electric mobility solutions.
And not just any kind of electric mobility! As a universal car manufacturer – and one that puts people at the heart of all its innovations – Renault provides electric vehicles that are ever more enjoyable, and accessible to as many people as possible.
We were the first to believe in them, and we continue to lead the field. The electric vehicle is at the heart of our strategy for three main reasons.
First of all, for the company and its stakeholders, it constitutes a real driver of growth and competitiveness, allowing us to continuously innovate and invest. Next – and this is crucial for our customers – our electric cars provide an unrivaled driver experience and ease of use for all. Lastly, electric mobility is the best response that we currently have to accelerate energy transition, combat global warming and improve air quality in urban areas, a very important advantage indeed.
As a pioneer in Europe, Groupe Renault is building on ten years of expertise in the design, production, sale and after-sale servicing of electric vehicles. Some 30,000 of our employees have received training in the specific features of electric mobility, as has our entire European sales network. Groupe Renault is number 1 when it comes to electric mobility in Europe, with no less than 215,000 all-electric vehicles on the road. We already offer the most complete range of options on the market with Renault ZOE, Twizy, Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E., sold in many countries in Europe and elsewhere. In addition, the Renault Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E. sedan is available in Korea, not to mention Renault City K-ZE aimed at the Chinese market.
At the same time, we’re developing solutions that meet different types of needs. Whether the new Clio E-TECH hybrid for private individuals who don’t yet feel ready to go all-electric, followed by Megane and Captur plug-in hybrids; or for business customers seeking high charging capacity, with the launch of two hydrogen fuel cell utility vehicles, Kangoo Z.E. Hydrogen and Master Z.E. Hydrogen.
By 2022, our range will total 12 electrified and 8 all-electric vehicles. The latter will cover the main market segments, and represent 20% of our range.
Innovation is in our DNA. To meet your expectations ever better, we work tirelessly to improve our line, with vehicles that have increased range, connected services that make charging easier, high-tech design, dynamic propulsion systems…
But that’s not all! Mobility needs are changing, especially in urban areas, with the emergence of car sharing and ride hailing services. The electric car is particularly well suited to these needs, with its digital connections and ability to be charged while parked. With 7,000 electric vehicles already available for car sharing across Europe, Renault is leading the sector.
Convinced that the electric vehicle is much more than just a car, Groupe Renault is also innovating to co-construct the ecosystem around it. In increasingly “intelligent” areas, like future smart cities, and now on the smart islands of Porto Santo and Belle-Île-en-Mer, we are working with many partners from different fields to make the electric vehicle a true player in energy transition.
Thanks to smart charging, our cars can be charged at the right time to store electricity produced from sporadic renewable energy sources that are sporadic, like solar and wind power.
And, once their lives as automotive parts are over, our batteries can live on in a stationary role. So, as well as not creating exhaust emissions, the electric vehicle is able to help balance out an increasingly low-carbon electrical grid: a real virtuous circle!
Groupe Renault’s electric vehicles are already on the roads, and at the core of multiple promising technological and social changes.
*Zero emissions in use: neither atmospheric emissions of CO2 nor regulated air pollutants while driving, according to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure emission test cycle, excluding wear parts.
Copyright : Jean-Brice Lemal