This story about electric cars from Renault was first published by CleanTechnica
As part of its newly unveiled “Drive The Future 2017–2022” plans, Groupe Renault is aiming to bring 8 all electric vehicle models and 12 electrified vehicle models to market by 2022, according to a new press release.
Accompanying the plans regarding plug-in electric vehicles and hybrids, the company is reportedly aiming to double sales outside of Europe (bringing totals to more than 5 million). We presume this includes significant growth plans in the very large markets of China and India.
The plans also call for the release of 100% connected vehicle in some key markets, and 15 models featuring self-driving tech — one aim apparently being to introduce a robotaxi service by the end of the plan period.
In related news, Renault-Nissan Alliance partner Nissan recently unveiled a new version of the all-electric e-NV200 van with an improved range — that announcement should be followed before too long by the announcement of range increases for Renault’s corresponding all-electric vans. Furthermore, one would expect the range of Renault’s market-leading Zoe to keep increasing.
For more details on the news, below is Renault’s full press release.
Drive The Future 2017–2022: New strategic plan builds on record results, targets sustainable, profitable growth
Groupe Renault Strategic Plan targets by the end of the plan:
Revenues over €70 billion1
Operating margin over 7%, representing a 50% increase in value, with a floor at 5% throughout the plan
Positive free cash flow each year
€4.2 billion Monozukuri savings over the plan
€18 billion invested in Research & Development
Over 5 million vehicles sold, doubling sales outside of Europe
EV Leadership: 8 pure electric vehicles, 12 electrified models
100% connected vehicles in key markets and 15 AD Renault vehicles
Paris, October 6, 2017 — Groupe Renault today announced Drive The Future, a new six-year plan to deliver annual revenues of over €70 billion1, achieve a group operating margin of over 7% by the end of the plan, with a floor at 5%, and positive free cash flow every year. Drive The Future is aligned with the Groupe Renault vision: sustainable mobility for all, today and tomorrow.
Under the Drive The Future plan, Groupe Renault forecasts that unit volumes will grow more than 40% to over 5 million units, compared with 3.47 million units2 sold in 2016, as the company expands its product range, including in LCV and new zero-emission electric vehicles and builds on success of its global access range. The plan will also leverage the R&D and global economies of scale from Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s largest automotive alliance, while maintaining financial discipline and cost efficiency.
Drive The Future will build on the strong foundation of Groupe Renault’s last plan Drive the Change, which resulted in record growth and operating profit, increased synergies gained through the Alliance with Nissan, empowered regions, expanded product mix and leadership in zero-emission vehicles in Europe.
Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “Groupe Renault is now a healthy, profitable, global company looking confidently ahead. Drive the Future is about delivering strong, sustainable growth benefiting from investments in key regions and products, leveraging Alliance resources and technologies, and increasing our cost competitiveness. Supported by the men and women of Renault, this new plan will unleash our full potential to innovate and grow in a rapidly-changing industry.”
Key elements of the plan include:
Worldwide profitable growth:
— 21 new vehicles including 3 add-ons
— Expanded Russia presence through Renault and investments in AVTOVAZ (Lada)
— Accelerating opportunities in China, new strategic joint ventures in EV and LCV
— Growing market opportunities in Brazil, India, Iran
Alliance scale and technologies to support the growth:
— €4.2 billion in Monozukuri savings over the plan
— Common platforms – 80% of Group Renault vehicles
— R&D Investment – €18 billion over six years, with a multiplier effect from the Alliance
— Connected – 100% vehicles connected in key markets
— Autonomous – 15 AD vehicles
— New mobility services – Ride-hailing, robo-taxi services by end of plan
As well as Groupe Renault key assets:
— Globalizing light commercial vehicle (LCV) range; becoming a top global player
— Expanding the group’s already successful Global Access range
— EV Leadership – 8 pure electric vehicles models, 12 electrified models
— RCI Bank and Services – supporting customer loyalty and expanding connected and mobility services
Drive the Future will also include investment in digitalization in all parts of the company, in new talent recruitment and skills development. The plan will enhance industrial competitiveness, reduce the company’s carbon footprint, and improve sustainability.
1 with FX from banking consensus September 2017.
2 Including Avtovaz consolidated on December 31, 2016.
About Groupe Renault
Groupe Renault has been making cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling close to 3.5 million vehicles in 127 countries in 2016, with 36 manufacturing sites, 12,700 points of sales and employing more than 120,000 people. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and continue its strategy of profitable growth, the Group is harnessing its international growth and the complementary fit of its five brands, Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and LADA, together with electric vehicles and the unique Alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi. With a new team in Formula 1 and a strong commitment to Formula E, Renault sees motorsport as a vector of innovation and brand awareness.