The success of battery electric vehicles in the long term can only happen if the technology proves to be robust, highly performing, customer attractive, cost competitive and more sustainable than other powertrains in vehicle, might it be internal combustion engine-based or even hydrogen fuel cells. This presentation will highlight the Renault Group journey starting with the Zoe EV introduced in 2012 in Europe and being the market leader for more than 5 years in a row. Zoe was designed from the very beginning to be an environmentally friendly car with one of the very first full life cycle assessment published, being reviewed by an independent expert panel. Through battery design optimization, Renault Group has been able to introduce 3 generations of battery chemistry & modules in the same pack volume, increasing by 2.5 the energy content of the battery in 7 years. Renault also developed the first mass-market e-motor without rare earths and magnets. We have been able to demonstrate that a European based industrial footprint for such a cutting-edge e-motor can be competitive & sustainable. In 2022, Renault brand announced its ambition to become 100 % EV by 2030, and also took strong commitments to become carbon neutral in Europe by 2040 and globally by 2050. Moreover, to demonstrate further the sustainability of Battery electric vehicles, the sourcing of some critical key materials has been secured whilst improving the battery carbon footprint. On Renault Engineering side, strategic partnerships have been established to develop in-house competences and master the full development of power electronics, e-motors & batteries. Examples will be given in the presentation. On Renault manufacturing side, a new model has been developed with the first European ePowertrain megafactory in Cleon (France) and with the concept of a regionwide ElectricCity network of vehicle plants & battery Gigafactories, maximizing the production and use of renewable electricity & heat generation. Renault opened also a new campus called the ReKnow campus to increase the competence level of Renault employees and partners in the development, production & maintenance of battery electric vehicles & components. This presentation will not only summarize the vision, but also the results to date of one of the very few car manufacturers with more than 10 years experience in EV.
Mr. Philippe Shulz, VP Powertrain Advanced Engineering, Renault