Renault is not just one of the oldest European car manufacturers, it is also a company that was one of the first to embark on the development and production of electric vehicles. Their Renault Zoe has been the market leader in Europe for many years. And even today, when #tesla Model 3 and #vw ID.3 appeared on the European car market, Zoe still remains in the leading group. This speaks to the quality of Renault’s electric vehicle and customer loyalty to the brand, and therefore gives the company a compelling case for continuing and developing its EV strategy. And this strategy will be implemented with even greater determination.
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If today there are 10 electrified models in the Renault lineup, then 10 more new models will be added to this list by 2025. These will be 7 models of the Renault brand, as well as 3 models of the Alpine brand. We are the first to expect #megane E-Tech to hit the market and
And we are not talking about the brand yet.
Elon Musk introduced the use of giving names to factories that describe their dimensions. We are all used to GigaFactory by now.
The company emphasizes that Renault will remain committed to NMC (nickel-manganese-cobalt) chemistry, and that this technology is better than lithium iron phosphate (LFP), in particular, recently launched by Tesla.
In doing so, Renault plans to further reduce battery production costs by 60% over the next ten years. Renault aims to bring battery costs below $ 80 / kWh by 2030. The mark of $ 100 / kWh is planned to be reached in 2025. Despite the fact that the battery blocks themselves will have different geometries depending on the model on which they will be installed, the architecture of the base cell itself will be unified.
Solid-state batteries also exist in Renault’s plans, but the horizon for their introduction to the car leaves in 2030.
Just as the French do not like Anglicisms and other Chineseisms, they also prefer to have their own French batteries, even if it will be produced with the help of a Chinese company. But the main thing is that it should be on its own territory, and under its own brand.
Renault has already announced the start of cooperation with the Chinese company Envision AESC a little earlier, within the framework of which a battery Gigafactory will open in Douai in 2024. By 2030, the production of batteries at the new plant should reach the level of 24 GWh.
But that’s not all. Renault also supports its domestic developers. Another battery-powered Gigafactory will be built by 2026 in collaboration with the Grenoble startup Verkor. The production volume of this plant by 2030 should be 20 GWh.
In electric motors, Renault will also go its own special way. Renault will produce a synchronous electric motor with a wound rotor. There will be no permanent magnets in this motor and no rare earth metals will be used. This engine was created in collaboration with the French startup Whylot. Mass production will begin at MegaFactory in 2025. The company is also working on an all-in-one transmission.
It will be a compact unit that will combine an electric motor, gearbox and power electronics in one unit. This will save 45% in volume, reduce costs by 30% and reduce energy losses by 45%.
All of the above innovations will be based on two proprietary platforms. Like Volkswagen or Hyundai-Kia, Renault does not rely on multi-energy platforms. The French company prefers to place bets on two 100% electric platforms.
The first, called CMF-EV,
The second platform is CMF-BEV, derived from CMF-B, which is already widely used in the group: Renault Clio 5 and Captur 2, Nissan Juke 2, Dacia Sandero. Its versatility will help reduce costs, as can the use of a 100 kW (136 hp) transmission or interchangeable battery modules. Thus, the future Renault 5 will be produced at a 33% lower price than the Zoe. The estimated range of this platform will be 400 km.
Battery life is often relegated to the background … even if it generates strong criticism from some opponents of electromobility. But Renault attaches great importance to this issue. Renault designs its electric vehicles and their batteries so that they can be used both as a mobile power source (while the battery is on the vehicle) and as a future energy store when the battery is removed from the vehicle. In the first case, according to Renault analysts, it can bring income to the owner up to 400 euros per year. Well, then the batteries will be recycled,
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