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It’s obvious that the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors Alliance is no longer what it used to be. By selling a large part of its Nissan shares to a French trust (it previously held 48.4%), the Renault Group is now on par with the Japanese. Both now hold a 15% cross-holding since yesterday.
This is already having consequences since, as we clarified to you the day before yesterday, the various members of the Alliance “will now act independently and as competitors”.
However, as part of these new agreements, Nissan had committed to investing several hundred million euros in the new division dedicated to electric vehicles and software of the Renault Group known as Ampere. As a result, the project has finally taken shape. In a press release published today, the thing is confirmed: “The creation of Ampere is effective on November 1, 2023”.
A fundamental pillar of the “Renaulution”
Ampere is one of the 5 pillars of the 3rd phase of the famous “Renaulution” driven by Luca de Meo upon his arrival at the head of the group. The 4 other pillars are called Alpine, Mobilize, The Future is Neutral and Power. The first, you know it, is the group’s sporty, premium and soon zero-emission brand. The 2nd intends to focus on new mobility such as car sharing. The 3rd aims to be an industry specializing in the circular economy. Finally, the last concentrates the historical activities of the group. It is within this entity that thermal and hybrid vehicles are developed for the Renault brands, its utility branch and Dacia.
Because electrification is the keystone of the European automotive industry, the importance of Ampere is crucial. It is also on our soil that we find the installations. In total, there are 11, including the ElectriCity division, including the factories of Douai, Maubeuge and Ruitz in Hauts-de-France as well as that of Cléon in Normandy. The company has just over 10,000 employees, including a large proportion of engineers, approximately one in 3 employees.
A total of 6 electric vehicles
It is within this entity that all projects linked to the group’s zero-emission production, and more particularly the Renault brand, will now be managed. This was made clear from the outset during the presentation of the Ampere project just a year ago. By 2030, Ampere will be able to count on a total of 6 vehicles, 2 in segment B (the modern R5 and 4L in this case) and 4 in segment C (Megane and Scenic E-Tech 100% Electric as well as 2 upcoming vehicles), the most profitable categories in Europe. This is also confirmed when reading the organization chart of this new division since we discover that two people will manage these two segments. It is not expected that a member of this company will work on one or more vehicles in segment A (mini-city cars such as Twingo) or segment D (large family models like the late Espace and Talisman).
It remains to be seen what these next 2 models will be. One of them should come from the Morphoz concept. For the 2nd, it is more difficult to say at this time. But obviously, we will not fail to come back to you when we know more. An event organized on November 15 should already help us to see more clearly the objectives of this entity.
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To sum up
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is certainly no longer what it used to be, but this has allowed the Renault Group to move forward with its new electric division Ampere. Explanations.
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