Published by Groupe Renault on 05.20.2020 - 5 min
Groupe Renault has been fully committed to developing large-scale electric mobility for the past decade. A pioneer in Europe, as early as 2009 we announced the introduction of four affordable 100% electric vehicles by 2012 – a promise kept. We have been adding to our line ever since, offering increasingly high-performing vehicles, a wider range of electric models, and more hybrid and rechargeable hybrid options. By 2022, all new modes will have an electric or electrified version.
Groupe Renault has a simple goal: to make electric mobility available to all by meeting the needs of everyone.
This strategy fits seamlessly within Groupe Renault’s DNA, which has always prioritized people in its innovations.
Connected to their users, electric vehicles make life simpler and more pleasant both inside and outside. Connected to the electricity grid and releasing zero emissions when driving*, they play a critical role in the transition to renewable energy sources and help decrease air pollution, not to mention the enjoyable experience of smooth driving and a silent motor, as well as reduced operating costs. Electric mobility is a true reflection of the times!
As forerunners of electric mobility, Groupe Renault benefits from a decade’s experience in the design, manufacture, sales and after-sales servicing of electric vehicles. More than 30,000 of the Group’s collaborators around the world are trained in the specifics of electric mobility, including the entire European commercial network.
Year after year, Renault’s electric cars remain the most prevalent on European roads, totaling over 20% of all electric vehicles driven throughout the continent. Worldwide, the Group has already sold more than 400,000 electric vehicles as of today.
Renault introduced the Twingo Electric in 2020, the all-electric version of its city compact. Dacia has unveiled the most affordable electric vehicle on the market, the Dacia Spring which goes on sale in 2021. These two newcomers complement Groupe Renault’s offer and will meet the needs of drivers who face increasing restrictions on urban driving. They also complement a range that includes the versatile ZOE – Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle, the Kangoo Z.E. utility vehicle, the Master Z.E. van, both of which are also available in a Hydrogen version, plus the Twizy quadricycle. In addition, in Korea only, the group markets the RSM SM3 Z.E. saloon, whilst Chinese drivers are offered the Renault City K-Z.E. mini-SUV.
Moreover, to allow a wider public to get to know electric driving, and to appreciate all of its advantages, Groupe Renault has an offer to complement its all-electric range. With its peerless expertise in this form of energy, this year it will be launching electrified powertrains for its most popular models: the hybrid version of the Clio – known as E-TECH – offers up to 80% of urban driving time in electric mode; and the plug-in hybrid versions of the Captur and Mégane – dubbed E-TECH Plug-in – deliver up to 65 kilometres in electric mode in the WLTP urban cycle**.
With its electric and electrified vehicles, Groupe Renault now offers far more opportunities for all-electric travel.
Electric vehicles have many advantages that make them not only an ideal choice for personal use, but also for sharing. Nearly 10,000 of the brand’s electric vehicles are already available through carsharing services in some 20 cities around Europe, making Renault a leader in the sector. The Group encourages all new and emerging forms of mobility, through solutions developed both in-house and with local partners. This includes self-service short-term rental, as well as free-floating carsharing services (which have no designated stations for pick-up or drop-off) like the popular Zity service in Madrid, now also being rolled out in Paris.
Groupe Renault was the first to believe in 100% electric mobility and continues to lead the way today. Innovation is in the brand’s DNA, and electric mobility has been a strategic focus for many years. In order to better meet the needs of customers, Renault is constantly improving with vehicles that are increasingly autonomous, feature connected services that make charging and traveling simpler than ever, have high-tech designs, dynamic motors, and more. Over the last few years, Groupe Renault has launched the second generation of its bestselling utility vehicles Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E., and the third generation of its flagship model, ZOE.
Renault is also leading the way in the mobility of the future: whether connected or even autonomous, it is undoubtedly electric. The Group’s latest major innovation is the CMF-EV platform (Common Module Family for Electric Vehicles), which was created by the Renault – Nissan – Mitsubishi Alliance first seen on the MORPHOZ concept car then on the Megane eVision show car. Designed natively and exclusively for 100% electric vehicles, this new platform pushes the limits of modularity. It will allow for the creation of several different vehicles with varied purposes and chassis, thanks to its ability to house batteries of different sizes and heights. Taking full advantage of the specificities of electric mechanics, this platform will also offer each model an interior worthy of the category above.
Electric vehicles are one of Groupe Renault’s main pillars for growth and competition. After having participated, as part of the Alliance, in an investment of 4 billion euros at the start of the electric vehicle adventure, Renault announced a further 1 billion euro in mid-2018. This investment is specifically destined for France, its main hub of electric expertise, where the historic electric models are designed, and where the Kangoo Z.E., Master Z.E. and ZOE, as well as their electric motors and main components are manufactured.
As for China, the largest electric vehicle market in the world, Groupe Renault is increasing its presence through two joint-ventures to offer a specific line of vehicles for the Chinese market.
Renewable energy, which is playing an increasingly important role in the global energy mix, powers electric vehicles with low-carbon electricity. But these sources, such as wind and solar power, are inconsistent, while energy production and consumption should coincide in real-time. Fortunately, electric vehicle batteries are capable of storing energy and are available at all times throughout the country. They therefore have a key role to play in the equation.
Thanks to the ability to schedule charging in advance and smart charging, Renault electric vehicles charge when electricity is most available– and often low-carbon – on the grid. With the emergence of smart grids, bi-directional charging technology will also allow batteries to feed energy back into the grid during peaks in demand. Finally, once no longer fit for use in cars, Renault’s electric vehicle batteries still perform well enough to be used in stationary energy systems or to power other modes of transport.
Whether on the scale of a neighborhood, a city, or even an entire island, veritable ecosystems are being developed for the “intelligent” management of energy circuits and mobility. And Renault is leading the way. Thanks to operational partnerships with local governments, energy engineers, installers and data exchange experts, Groupe Renault offers solutions in which electric vehicles are: a type of mobility with zero emissions while driving*, typically shared with others, and a means of storing green electricity. Such is already the case in the eco-district of Utrecht in the Netherlands and on the island of Porto Santo in Portugal.
And, to go even further, vehicles connected to their users and the surrounding infrastructure are just a step away from becoming fully autonomous. Groupe Renault is experimenting with self-driving versions of its electric vehicles in the metropolitan area of Rouen in Normandy and on the Saclay campus near Paris (both in France). Electric vehicles from Groupe Renault are at the heart of many promising technological and societal transformations.
* Zero emissions: neither CO2 nor regulated air pollutants while driving, according to The Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure emission test cycle, excluding wear parts.
** WLTP range, Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedures (standardized cycle: 57% urban driving, 25% suburban driving, 18% highway driving.)
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