Uwe Hochgeschurtz, CEO of Renault Deutschland AG, on e-vehicles and new partnerships.
Renault is a pioneer and European market leader in electric vehicles who has been consistently focusing on electric mobility and today has an attractive range of electric products with the four models Twizy, ZOE, Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E. since 2011. Renault, in collaboration with its alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi, has sold over 750.000 electric vehicles worldwide between 2010 and the end of 2018.
Of this range of vehicles, the Renault ZOE small electric car has seen particular success. The ZOE was once again Germany's best-selling electric car in the first half of 2019. Overall, Renault doubled its electric registrations in Germany in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period last year.
In the coming years, Renault will greatly expand its electrical range. As part of the "Drive The Future" business plan, the number of all-electric Renault models will grow to eight worldwide. In addition, there are 12 electrified models, i.e. vehicles with hybrid or plug-in hybrid drive. By 2022, about 10 percent of all Renault models will have an electric drive.
The Renault approach is clear: electric mobility must be affordable. With the new Renault ZOE, which will be launched this autumn, we are once again demonstrating this approach as the starting cost in Germany will be €21.900 euros.
The highlights of the renewed electric bestseller include a range of up to 390 kilometres in the realistic WLTP test cycle; more power; more charging flexibility; new assistance systems; a new cockpit and a more striking design. The ZOE is thus once again setting standards in its segment for electric mobility suitable for everyday use. As a novelty, Germany's best-selling electric car will in future also have the capability of DC rapid charging. The ZOE will experience a leap in performance with a new electric motor: the R135 unit mobilises 100 kW/135 PS. In addition, there is a newly designed cockpit with a large 9.3-inch (23.6-centimetre) touchscreen based on the new, networked EASY LINK multimedia system and new driver assistance systems.
A central pillar of Renault's electrical strategy is the Chinese market. With the new City K-ZE, Renault is presenting its first purely electric vehicle in the A segment this year. The new Renault City K-ZE marks Renault Group's entry into the world's largest and fastest growing market for electric vehicles. Sales of the 100 percent electric city car in China will start before the end of this year.
The first production vehicle by the joint venture eGT New Energy Automotive Co., Ltd. of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and the Chinese car manufacturer Dongfeng is the sixth electric model of the Renault Group. The battery-powered City SUV plays a key role in the Group's growth plans in the dynamic Chinese market. By 2022, the Renault Group intends to manufacture nine passenger car models there, three of them with electric drive.
Renault at the IAA
On the first IAA Press Day (September 10, 2019), Renault will present the world premiere of the new Renault Captur (exclusively for media representatives). The highlight will be the "NEW CAPTUR TALK" with Thierry Bolloré (CEO Renault S.A.) and Renault's head of design Laurens van den Acker at 2 pm.
Renault takes part in the IAA test drive with 5 Renault ZOEs and 5 Dacia Dusters.
Uwe Hochgeschurtz will take part in the "Taking pole position“ on September 12 at 3pm.