It really isn’t much fun being a non-German brand at a German motor show. While Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, and co. drew all the headlines with their enormous and elaborate display stands, poor Renault was tucked away in an easily missable corner of a much quieter hall of the Munich expo center.
Renault Stories September 16
Renault Stories September 7
During IAA Mobility in Munich this week, an executive for Renault Group stated plans to seek an extension of the recently proposed 2035 ban of all internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales in the EU. According to the report, Renault wants an extension to around 2040 in order to provide more affordable cars to consumers before more expensive EVs become mandatory.
Renault Stories May 6
Today in France, Renault CEO Luca de Meo and the Renault brand team shared their new vision of the company. They painted themselves as an energy transition leader on the forefront of the latest technology and services, operating in a more sustainable and responsible manner.
As part of the event, they snuck in a few images of the Electric Mégane E-TECH Electric hatchback, including an Android-focused center stack.
Renault Stories February 12
As the world enters 2021 with a cautious optimism, its global markets are still feeling many of the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic that have yet to be eradicated. Many people have pivoted toward remote work. This has increased smartphone and laptop demand, leading to shortages of essential components like semiconductors. One industry that is beginning to experience the impact of these shortages is automakers. If semiconductor manufacturers can’t catch up, it could spell more delays for several major automotive companies.
Renault Stories January 15
As part of its plan to restructure its various brands and become one of the leaders in electrification by 2025, Groupe Renault is teaming up with Groupe Lotus to design an all-electric successor to the mid-engine Alpine A110.
Renault Stories January 14
French automaker Renault announced its plan for the next 5 years and it includes 7 new electric cars to hit the market.
One of them should be based on this new Renault 5 electric prototype.
Renault Stories October 15, 2020
Renault held a virtual event today during which it unveiled a sleek new electric hatchback and an inexpensive new EV under the Dacia brand.
Renault Stories May 26, 2020
French President Emmanuel Macron announced an €8 billion ($8.8 billion) plan Tuesday to revive the country’s auto industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Increasing production and sales of electric vehicles is central to the plan.
Renault Stories April 14, 2020
Renault announced today that it would stop making and selling gas-powered cars in China. But the French automaker will retain its interest in three different ventures to produce multiple electric vehicles in the world’s largest auto market and for export.
Renault Stories March 3, 2020
Renault is going to bring its ultra-cheap China-made K-ZE electric crossover to Europe under its Dacia brand. expand full story
Renault Stories February 25, 2020
Renault has sold nearly 4 million units of its gas-powered Twingo city car. That experience over nearly two decades taught the French automaker what makes a winning Euro-chic city car. Renault will try to leverage those insights with the all-electric Twingo ZE. The formula is urban maneuverability and a 22-kilowatt-hour battery pack that can fill up in an hour at a Level 2 charging station.
Renault Stories February 20, 2020
Renault’s bet on the Zoe electric car is starting to pay off. Sales surged to almost 10,000 units in Europe last month and the vehicle is becoming one of the brand’s best-selling cars. expand full story
Renault Stories November 12, 2019
An all-electric boat equipped with “second-life” Renault Zoe battery packs has launched as part of Seine Alliance’s fleet operating in Paris. expand full story
Renault Stories September 12, 2019
Renault has unveiled the production version of its new K-ZE electric crossover, and in China, it starts at just ~$9,000. expand full story
Renault Stories July 17, 2019
France’s Renault announced a joint venture with China’s Jiangling Motors (JMCG) today, with a focus on expanding EV development for the Chinese market.
Renault Stories June 5, 2019
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has officially announced the withdrawal of its merger proposal to Renault.
A recently launched Renault campaign in Bucharest, Romania ties the price of the Zoe electric car to air pollution levels in the city. When pollution levels are higher, the cost of the car drops — all displayed in real-time on a massive digital billboard.
Renault Stories May 30, 2019
As partner Renault mulls a merger with Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, in flux since the arrest and departure of former CEO Carlos Ghosn, may have a stronger position than some anticipated due to its own electric car technology.
Renault Stories May 27, 2019
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has proposed a 50-50 merger plan with Renault to create the world’s third-largest automaker.
Renault Stories February 11, 2019
The Renault Zoe is consistently one of the best-selling all-electric vehicles in many European markets but it’s about the get some serious competition.
In order to compete, the French automaker is reportedly about to significantly refresh the vehicle with longer range, faster charging, and more. expand full story
Renault Stories December 20, 2018
Renault announced today that it is taking a “significant stake'” in Chinese electric vehicle company JMEV. expand full story
Renault Stories November 19, 2018
Carlos Ghosn, the head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and one of the biggest proponents of electrification amongst the leaders of legacy automakers, was arrested in Tokyo today over some ‘serious misconduct’ of a financial nature. expand full story
Renault Stories November 13, 2018
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance announced today that it invested in Enevate, a battery startup that is claiming breakthroughs including “5-minute fast charging” and “high energy density”. expand full story
Renault Stories October 1, 2018
Ahead of the Paris Motor Show today, Renault has unveiled a new ‘affordable’ all-electric crossover: the Renault K-ZE. expand full story
Renault Stories September 25, 2018
Renault is launching today a new “Advanced Battery Storage” program today.
With the program, the French automaker is aiming to build “the biggest energy stationary storage system using EV batteries ever designed in Europe by 2020.” expand full story
Renault Stories July 4, 2018
Renault and the City of Paris have announced a new “electric mobility plan for Parisians, Ile-de-France residents and visitors.”
It involves deploying a fleet of 2,000 electric vehicles for ride-hailing and car-sharing services in Paris. expand full story
Renault Stories June 18, 2018
Some of the legacy automakers who are really serious about electric vehicles are also trying to address the issues that come with selling both electric and gas-powered cars at dealerships.
Renault is exploring electric vehicle-only stores and after a successful pilot project in Stockholm, it is now opening a second location in Germany. expand full story
Renault Stories June 14, 2018
With the success of the Zoe, Renault has become a leader in electric vehicles in Europe.
Now the French automaker wants to keep the momentum going with an investment of over 1 billion euros to accelerate electric vehicle production in France. expand full story
Renault Stories May 11, 2018
Nissan and Renault are planning a series of new electric cars for the Chinese market and they are turning to China’s emerging leading automotive battery maker, Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), to supply them. expand full story
Renault Stories April 3, 2018
When Renault started selling the all-electric Zoe in France, it had a controversial scheme that prevented buyers from owning the battery pack. They could either own the car and pay a monthly fee to lease the pack or lease the whole car.
While it is indeed a controversial scheme, it’s undoubtedly a successful one since under it, the Renault Zoe became the most popular all-electric vehicle in France.
But now the French automaker finally lets buyers also own the battery pack starting today. expand full story
Renault Stories March 6, 2018
Here’s something you don’t see every day: an electric autonomous rideshare concept car from a major automaker. Oh wait, nevermind, it’s the Geneva Auto Show. That’s exactly what you see every day.
But this one, Renault’s newest effort, doesn’t seem like it’s just more-of-the-same. While it’s obviously a concept car, with extra emphasis on “concept,” it truly embraces that concept nature and steps away from the realm of “normal” and into a totally different driving future which actually looks fairly palatable, and even realistic.
Renault Stories February 21, 2018
After embracing electric vehicles, Renault has also launched its own new energy subsidiary to develop energy storage and grid products.
The French automaker is now combining both efforts to help create a “smart electric island” with electric vehicles, V2G, and energy storage. expand full story
Renault Stories February 19, 2018
The Renault Zoe got its big model year update a year ago with an updated ~200 miles range on a 41 kWh battery pack.
This year it gets a smaller, but still welcomed update with a slightly more powerful electric motor. expand full story
Renault Stories February 14, 2018
It can be difficult for dealerships to sell both electric cars and gas-powered vehicles at the same time since the strengths of one are often the weaknesses of the other. That’s partly why Tesla decided to bypass the dealership model and operate it.
Now Renault is going to try the same with its own electric car-only store in Europe. expand full story
Renault Stories February 9, 2018
Europe is starting to get more than its fair share of electric car fast-charging networks – making the rest of the EV world jealous and now we learn of again a new one as French automaker Renault announces its backing of the project. expand full story
Renault Stories February 7, 2018
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China’s mobility giant Didi, also known as “China’s Uber”, to “explore future business cooperation on a new electric vehicle car-sharing program” in China. expand full story
Renault Stories December 15, 2017
Renault and Nissan have a long-standing marketing partnership with Star Wars and with the release of the latest movie this week, Renault is unveiling a new limited edition ‘ZOE STAR WARS’ electric car, which they actually plan to sell. expand full story
Renault Stories December 8, 2017
Renault claims to be “making history” with the new working prototype of its electric and autonomous vehicle SYMBIOZ. expand full story
Renault Stories November 15, 2017
The Nissan-Renault Alliance has been an early leader in electrification with the Leaf and the Zoe, but they have been taking their sweet time to release new models, which resulted in their lead slowly slipping away.
Now they are preparing an important electric car push with several new models, as discussed by CEO and Chairman Carlos Ghosn in a new interview. expand full story
Renault Stories November 1, 2017
China is getting all the EVs. Renault announces today its product plan for the Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company (DRAC), its Chinese joint-venture with Dongfeng, and confirmed that 3 new electric vehicles will join its lineup by 2022. expand full story
Renault Stories October 9, 2017
Today, Renault announced today that it is launching its own new energy subsidiary to develop grid products. The French automaker says that ‘Renault Energy Services’ will function “much like a start-up” working with other energy companies. expand full story
Renault Stories October 6, 2017
After unveiling their electric car plans for the Renault, Nissan & Mitsubishi alliance last month, Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn now unveils more specific plans just for the French automaker, which will surprisingly lead the all-electric vehicle push of the alliance. expand full story
Renault Stories September 15, 2017
On the sidelines of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, several major automakers made announcements about their electric car efforts.
The Renault, Nissan & Mitsubishi alliance wasn’t among them, but they now also announce new plans as part of their 2022 synergy strategy. expand full story
Renault Stories August 31, 2017
Renault has no problem selling its all-electric Zoe with a 49% sales jump in Europe earlier this year, but it’s about to deploy a bunch more in a single move through a new car-sharing service in Madrid.
The French automaker plans an initial fleet of 500 electric vehicles by October. expand full story
Renault Stories August 29, 2017
Renault technically owns a lot of electric car battery packs thanks to its Zoe program under which they sell the actual car, but they lease the battery pack for a monthly fee.
Now they are using some of those used battery packs to power electric vehicle charging stations. expand full story
Yet another major automaker, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, announces an effort to produce electric vehicles in China following the country’s aggressive goals to electrify its rapidly growing fleet. expand full story
Renault Stories July 11, 2017
Renault’s Zoe e-Sport RS Concept, a sexy sports version of its successful all-electric Zoe, has been well received since being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
At first, it was just to showcase some of their racing tech developed for the Formula E and put into a more accessible vehicle, but now Renault is considering making it available. expand full story
Renault Stories June 30, 2017
After Faraday Future’s FF91 beta prototype shattered the previous record for a “production electric car” at Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb last weekend, now several other new electric cars are taking to the hill climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. expand full story