Electrics: How Renault and Stellantis are trying to counter China’s dominance

Electrics: How Renault and Stellantis are trying to counter China’s dominance

On the official side, it’s the cocorico. France is supposed to relocate the ingredients of the electric car, essentially the motors and the batteries. And this, in order to reduce the terrible strategic dependence of zero-emission cars on China. Jose Vicente de Los Mozos, industrial director of Renault, thus inaugurated on Tuesday the new production line of the electric motor “ePT-160 kW” of the Mégane E-Tech in Cléon (Seine-Maritime). Production has already started several weeks ago. At stake: 620 million euros of investment since 2018 for a production capacity of more than one million electrified motors per year from 2024, including 500,000 electric and as many hybrid motors. Since 2015, the Normandy plant has already been manufacturing the electric powertrain for the Renault Zoé, Twingo ZE, Kangoo ZE and Master ZE. From 2024, production will be extended with the “ePT-100 kW” engine of the future Renault 5 electric city car.

On June 29, it was the general manager of Stellantis, Carlos Tavares himself, who visited with some journalists the mechanical factory of Trémery, near Metz, also in full conversion to electric motors. These two giant factories already generate 36% and 15% respectively of their production with electric motors. Better: as of now, “Cléon (3,230 employees) is the largest production center for electric motors in France“, welcomes Jose Vicente of Los Mozos. Tremery (3,470 jobs with the neighboring Metz transmission site) is currently replacing the assembly of electric motors with 95% Chinese components with a new generation of mechanics equipped with “80% French parts”, according to Eric Demange, director of these workshops. This generation is however the result of a 50-50 joint venture between Stellantis and the Japanese group Nidec.

French ACC batteries at the end of 2023

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