Published by Groupe Renault on 04.19.2020 - 5 min
For the past decade, Groupe Renault has been fully committed to the development of large-scale electric mobility. A pioneer in Europe, today its strategy moves up another gear. The Renaulution plan, unveiled at the start of the year, focuses on the group’s electric leadership and the unique advantages of its E-TECH, hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology. It aims to widen its electric mobility offer, both in terms of vehicles and services.
The objective of Groupe Renault is simple: to make electric travel accessible to everyone by offering solutions to every need.
This strategy is fully in-keeping with the Groupe Renault’s DNA, which puts people at the heart of every innovation.
Connected to the user via their smartphone, the electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle has everything to make life simpler and more enjoyable, both inside and outside the vehicle. Its smart recharging for taking advantage of low-carbon electricity when possible, and its lack of greenhouse gas emissions when driving electric*, make it an essential part of the transition to renewable energy sources. When you add to this the pleasure experienced from incomparably smooth, silent driving and reduced running costs… it’s clear that electric mobility is the mobility most in tune with the times!
The trailblazing 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 vehicles remain the most prevalent on European roads, representing more than 15% of all 100%-electric vehicles sold in Europe in 2020. On a global scale, more than 460,000 electric and electrified vehicles have already been sold by the group.
In 2020, Renault launched Twingo Electric, the all-electric version of its city compact. As for Dacia, it unveiled the market’s most affordable electric vehicle, Spring, which goes on sale this year. These new arrivals respond in particular to the growing restrictions on urban driving. They complete Renault’s iconic all-electric range, which includes versatile ZOE and the Kangoo Z.E. — the most sold passenger and utility electric vehicles in Europe respectively —, the Master Z.E. van and the Twizy quadricycle. In addition, Groupe Renault also markets the RSM SM3 Z.E. sedan in Korea.
But that’s not all. 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. Making use of its unrivalled expertise when it comes to this type of energy, it is launching electrified powertrains on the most popular Renault models: the Clio and Captur E-TECH Hybrid versions which provide up to 80% of urban driving time in electric mode, and the Captur and Mégane E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid versions which travel up to 50 kilometers in electric mode on a mixed cycle (WLTP**). Not forgetting the Renault Arkana E-TECH Hybrid, the first SUV coupe to be produced by a generalist manufacturer.
Groupe Renault is multiplying the possibilities for zero-emission travel* thanks to its range of electric and electrified vehicles. For several years now, the brand has demonstrated its expertise in hybridization on the Formula 1 track with the e-Tech motor. Moving forward, Alpine will be the first lightweight sports car to offer an all-electric range.
Electric vehicles have many advantages which not only make them an ideal choice for personal use, but also the perfect vehicle for carsharing. Renault understands this well, as nearly 10,000 of the brand’s electric vehicles are available for carsharing every day in around twenty European cities, either point-to-point with dedicated parking spaces, or free-floating with neither pick-up nor drop-off points like Zity, first introduced in Madrid in 2017 and then Paris in 2020.
To further develop this part of its activities, Groupe Renault has created Mobilize, a division specialized in mobility, energy and data management services.
Groupe Renault was the first to believe in all-electric mobility, and still leads the way. Innovation is in its genes, and electric mobility at the heart of its strategy. In order to continually better meet customers’ needs, it is constantly improving its offer with vehicles of increasing range, connected services to facilitate charging and travel, high-tech design, dynamic motors and more. Over the past few years, Groupe Renault has already launched the second generation of its best-selling utility vehicles Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E. as well as the second model of the flagship ZOE.
To prepare for the electric mobility of the future, Groupe Renault is innovating as part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance with the development of the CMF-EV platform (Common Module Family for Electric Vehicles) and a new drivetrain, embodied recently by the Mégane eVision show-car. Exclusively designed for electric, these native technologies will enable the production of numerous vehicles of different sizes and which serve a variety of purposes.
Groupe Renault is also involved in the creation of groundbreaking charging systems and connected, even autonomous, driving. The future certainly looks electric!
Renewable energies, whose share in the energy mix is constantly increasing, provide electric vehicles with low-carbon electricity. But these sources are often intermittent — like solar or wind power — while energy supply and demand needs to be balanced in real-time. Fortunately, electric vehicle batteries, based in locations all around the territory, can be used for storing energy available at any time. They thus have a key role to play in the equation.
Thanks to the ability to schedule charging and smart charging, Groupe Renault’s electric vehicles can be recharged at moments when electricity is the most available from the grid, and therefore lowest in carbon. With the development of smart grids, their bidirectional charging can even reinject current back into the grid in cases of strong demand. Lastly, after their first automotive life, Renault’s electric vehicle batteries still perform well enough to serve as storage units, either stationary or to electrify certain modes of transport.
Increasing the variety of roles allocated to batteries and lengthening their life cycle is a way of integrating them fully into the circular economy.
On a neighborhood-, city-, or even island-scale, veritable ecosystems are being developed to intelligently manage travel and energy distribution. Groupe Renault is at the forefront of this approach. Thanks to its new Mobilize division, and numerous partnerships with local authorities, energy engineers, charging operators and even electronic data interchange specialists, Groupe Renault offers solutions that make the electric vehicle both a device for mobility that is emissions-free when in use, as well as a tool for storing green, locally produced electricity. Examples of these can be found in the eco-district of Utrecht in the Netherlands and on Portugal’s Porto Santo island.
There’s only a small step from infrastructure- and user-related vehicle connectivity, to autonomous driving. Groupe Renault is therefore experimenting with autonomous, electric and shared mobility throughout the Rouen municipality in Normandy and on the Saclay campus in the Paris region.
For Groupe Renault, electric mobility is at the heart of many promising technological and societal evolutions.
* 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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