Renault announces production sites for electric vehicles

As a sign that Renault is serious about electric vehicles, the company has announced the production sites for two of its forthcoming four-vehicle ZE (Zero Emission) range.

Renault will start to bring a complete range of affordable zero-emission electric vehicles to market, starting in 2011.

France will be at the centre of Renault’s zero-emission strategy, although the company’s first electric vehicle, the Twizy Z.E. Concept-based city car, will be manufactured at its Valladolid plant in Spain, from 2011.

The Valladolid plant, 150 kilometres north west of Madrid, already produces the Modus alongside some Clio versions, and has been chosen due to its expertise in producing compact cars.

The company’s Zoe electric supermini, which Renault expects to account for two-thirds of the Group’s EV sales in Europe, will be produced at the Flins plant near Paris from 2012. The plant currently produces the Clio, a B-segment car.

The Flins site will become a central hub in Renault’s EV activity, producing the company’s core-range electric model as well as manufacturing and recycling EV batteries. Flins will begin EV production in 2012.

Both decisions were influenced by Renault’s objective of producing vehicles as close as possible to the markets in which they will be sold, namely Europe, in order to optimise logistical flows.

A letter of intent was also signed today in Flins between the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the French Strategic Investment Fund (FSI) to create a joint venture that would develop and manufacture batteries for electric vehicles (EV) under the patronage of the French Minister for Industry.