Less than six months after Luca de Meo, the Renault Group CEO, announced the creation of a vast EV hub as part of the Renaulution plan, Group and trade union representatives signed an agreement approving the transformation of facilities at Douai, Maubeuge, and Ruitz. Called ‘Renault ElectriCity’, this extensive industrial project will not only strive to reach an output of 400,000 electric vehicles a year by 2025 but will also bring together an entire ecosystem of suppliers, so that Renault Group and its brands can improve their competitive edge through greater innovation and reduced costs.

Set course for the north of France, where three plants have shared the same passion for the past 50 years: automotive. Here in Douai, Maubeuge, and Ruitz, millions of iconic cars and gearboxes from throughout Renault’s history have rolled out their factory doors. 2021 marks the dawn of a new era. With best practices being shared across sites, a non-negotiable red line built around ‘Made in France’, and new synergies kicking off, everything is geared towards ensuring a high-level competitive edge.

For this to be a resounding success, Renault Group will leverage the know-how and expertise of these highly specialized factories. In 2021, the Douai factory will turn out its first EV, the much-awaited All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric (a.k.a. MéganE), before rapidly expanding its output to other models. In Maubeuge, the All-new Kangoo has just had a facelift. With production including models such as the utility vehicles for Daimler (Mercedes Citan) and Nissan (NV250), this minivan specialist will produce all models in electric version come 2023. The facility in Ruitz, a major part of the push towards EV manufacturing, will take on new production electrical components.

Source: Renault Group