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14 Jan 22

Renault will be 100% electric in Europe by 2030

Renault CEO Luca de Meo has announced that the French automaker will become 100% electric in Europe by 2030. That’s an upgrade of the previous target – 90% electric in Europe by 2030 – which was announced only last year.  

The announcement comes as Renault prepares to launch new EV models and aligns with de Meo’s recent statements about EV regulations. The manufacturer plans to launch seven EVs by 2025, including the Mégane E-Tech Electric, Renault 5 electric hatchback (pictured), and Renault 4ever.

Last year, de Meo supported the UK government’s decision to ban new ICE car sales from 2030, already hinting at the Renault’s more ambitious target, now officialised. Yet on the other hand, Renault’s Executive VP of Engineering, Gilles Le Borgne, last year also criticised the European Commission’s decision to ban the sale of hybrid vehicles by 2035, saying that “2040 would be a more practical target.”

In his latest statement, de Meo also said that “Renault carries an obligation to take part in the transition across the industry towards carbon neutrality”, aligned with the target of full electrification. 

‘Renaulution’

In January last year, Renault revealed its ambitious transformation strategy, which it calls its ‘Renaulution’. This includes the expansion of its EV line-up, the creation of Alpine as a fully electric brand, and 24 new models to be launched by 2025. 

The new models, which will be concentrated in the B and C segments, will be launched under the Renault, Dacia, Alpine, Lada and the new Mobilise brand. Ten of the 24 new models will be 100% electric. 

The ‘Renaulution’ process will include three stages. The first two, before 2025, focus on increasing cash generation and renewing key brand line-ups. The third, after 2025, will be a shift of the Renault business model towards technology, energy and mobility. 

As part of the transformation, Renault Group will decrease its manufacturing platforms from six to three, and its powertrain families from eight to four. About 80% of the production will be based on the new Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance platforms. 

Some of Renault's most anticipated EV models are the Renault Kangoo Van E-TECH Electric, Renault 5 electric hatchback, and Renault 4ever. They will be released in 2022, 2024 and 2025, respectively. 

Image: Renault Group.

Authored by: Mufit Yilmaz Gokmen