As part of its Renaulution plan, the diamond firm wants to separate its thermal and electrical activities, with the creation of a dedicated entity. What does this imply ?
While the European Commission has officially voted in favor of the end of the sale of thermal cars from 2030, manufacturers must now electrify their respective ranges. A shift towards zero-emissions already made by most of them, since the implementation of the very strict CAFE regulations at the beginning of last year.
For a few months now, the brands have been announcing their ambitions for the next few years in turn, with most of them aiming to sell only electric models in the more or less short term. This is particularly the case of Renault, which wants to become a zero-emission manufacturer by 2030. A desire announced a few months ago, as part of the “Renaulution” plan.
A whole new entity
If the boss of the brand, Luca de Meo, had already announced a series of measures, a press release from the diamond group gives new details. In particular, it confirms its desire to launch “strategic reflections around its 100% electric and thermal activities and technologies in order to strengthen their efficiency and operational performance“. What confirm the first rumors of a few months ago.
Concretely, Renault wishes to create a division quite distinct from the rest of the activities, which would then be entirely dedicated to the development, production and distribution of electric vehicles. While little is known about what this could mean for customers, some changes are likely to be expected, perhaps with dedicated spaces in concessions or distinct points of sale.
Always thermal models
This is not the only change that should take place for Renault over the next months or years. Indeed, the constructoris also studying the opportunity to bring together its activities and its thermal and hybrid engine and transmission technologies based outside France within a specific entity“. Research and development centers could be set up in Spanish, Turkish or even Brazilian factories.
On the other hand, if the diamond firm wishes to invest massively in the development of its future electric models, it does not intend to stop producing thermal cars for the moment. Furthermore, these various entities will still be part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, although they will be independent of each other.
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