Strive for carbon neutrality and create a sustainable ecosystem while becoming the largest and most competitive electric vehicle production hub in Europe – that is the ambition behind the new Electricity, bringing together the three factories in Douai, Maubeuge, and Ruitz, all located in the North of France. A purpose championed by the Renaulution Plan that was first unveiled in early 2021, a plan that sees electrification as a top priority, a strategic lever. A first model is already being prepared on the Douai factory manufacturing lines: the All-new Megane E-TECH Electric, ready for sale as of next year. This marks the beginning of a beautiful EV renaissance, based on the know-how and excellence of the 5,000 employees behind ElectriCity.
ElectriCity is working towards an ambitious goal: make electric vehicles widely accessible and reach an annual output of more than 400,000 electric vehicles by 2025 from factories in the north of France. This new industrial hub is set to become the largest and most competitive production centre in Europe. That first meant optimizing industrial processes for greater operational efficiency and piecing together an entire ecosystem to further reduce fixed costs. Renault Group ElectriCity will serve as a marker of quality manufacturing and a heightened competitive edge with the new organisation.
Half a century of expertise. More than 10 million iconic vehicles are coming off the production line. That is the story behind the Douai factory. It is also a story of the millions of families who have driven those same iconic models: from Renault 5 to Scenic, not to forget the legendary Fuego and Renault 19.
Remarkable and memorable success stories. This factor has transformed itself and adapted as the world, and people’s needs have changed. And now, more than ever marks yet another turning point in its history with the arrival of the modular CMF-EV platform dedicated to producing electric vehicles. The first model to roll out the factory doors, as early as 2022, will be the All-new Megane E-TECH Electric, recently unveiled at IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich. An undeniable turning point.
In shifting production from ICE to electric vehicles, the workshops and production lines at the Douai factory have been modified, transformed, and modernized. More than €550 million have been invested in incorporating EV production and ensuring optimal ergonomics at each workstation. Early works began with setting up an assembly line that reflected Alliance standards, which is flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of vehicles from all segments. The All-new Megane E-TECH Electric is one such model and will be made exclusively in the Douai factory.
Source: Renault Group
Image: The All-new Megane E-TECH Electric