This week, Renault is to announce the creation of a new entity, called “Renault ElectriCity”. This will regroup its activities dedicated to electric vehicles in France, more precisely in the north of the country. It will be led by Luciano Biondo, who joined Losange in 2020 after being boss of the Toyota plant in Valenciennes.
With this regrouping, Luca de Meo wishes to create a competitive pole of electricity made in France. In particular, it should facilitate synergies between the different sites. The nerve center will be the Douai plant, which currently assembles the Scénic, Talisman and Espace. Douai will switch to 100% electric, starting with the Mégane-e, marketed in early 2022, then the R5.
It is also in Douai that a battery factory must be set up in partnership with the Chinese company Envision. In addition to the Douai sites, ElectriCity will integrate the Maubeuge plant, where the Kangoo is assembled, as well as the Ruitz plant, dedicated to gearboxes.
The creation of ElectriCity will be submitted for signature to the unions. The CFDT and CFE-CGC have already announced that they would sign the agreement, visibly satisfied with a project that will ensure the future of these large factories in the north. The objective would be to produce 400,000 vehicles per year, which is almost double the 2020 production (admittedly disrupted by the pandemic). Electricity must in particular boost Douai, where barely 50,000 vehicles were assembled in 2020. Currently, the sites represent a little less than 5,000 jobs. It could eventually be 6,000.