Renault Stories May 16

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Last week, French company Renault announced its plan to fully review spinning off its electric car business into a separate company in 2023, in hopes of catching up with rivals Tesla and Volkswagen.

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Renault Stories March 31

A recent 2022 report by Zutobi has ranked the top 20 most affordable EVs to operate around the world based on a number of factors. This includes considerations such as battery size, cost to charge, and miles driven per given dollar amounts. Tesla takes the top spot this year, but there are plenty of other viable options currently available to consumers.

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Renault Stories February 28

Renault’s new 100%-electric Mégane E-Tech is the French company’s non-hedged bet it can convince drivers they’ve nothing to lose in swapping their traditional ICE rides for modern a EV – and gain considerable performance, cost, and flair advantages in the bargain. A day test driving the car on the roads of southern Spain suggests the company stands a good chance of winning that wager and setting some standards for European EV development as it does.

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Renault Stories January 27

Nissan plans to manufacture its all-new, all-electric successor to the compact Nissan Micra at the Renault ElectriCity center in France, where the retro-styled hatchback will serve to kick off the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance 2030 roadmap, its planned 23 billion Euro investment in EVs, and the group’s push for solid-state batteries.

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Renault Stories January 24

Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi are expected to announce this week that they will form an alliance to jointly develop electric vehicles, according to an exclusive story published by Reuters today.

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Renault Stories January 22

Chinese automotive giant and Volvo/Polestar parent company, Geely, has signed an agreement with the French Renault Group to launch a new collaboration intended to bring fuel-efficient hybrid electric cars to South Korea, as well as export sales into other Asian markets.

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Renault Stories January 14

French automaker Renault has joined the all-electric party in Europe, as its CEO recently shared news that the brand would become 100% electric by 2030. While the announcement is welcomed progress, its timing also correlates with current climate proposals in the UK and EU that will limit ICE by 2030, and require 100% EV sales by 2035. Conversely, another Renault exec has openly spoken out against the ICE ban.

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Renault Stories September 16, 2021

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.

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Renault Stories September 7, 2021

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.

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Renault Stories May 6, 2021

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.

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Renault Stories February 12, 2021

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.

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Renault Stories January 15, 2021

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. 

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Renault Stories January 14, 2021

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Renault Stories June 5, 2019

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has officially announced the withdrawal of its merger proposal to Renault.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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