Renault Ups Its BEV Production For LCVs

Renault has announced increased French production of all-electric light commercial vehicles (LCVs) with part of a €1.4Bn ($1.6Bn) investment earmarked for the purpose.

At an event this week attended by President Emmanuel Macron, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn announced the investment as they toured the Maubeuge plant which is Renault’s center of excellence for small LCVs.

The plant claims to rank among the most efficient in France and will serve as the manufacturing hub for the next-generation Renault Kangoo family, which includes electric versions. Renault is investing €450M ($515M) for Kangoo production over five years and, in 2019, 200 workers will be hired in order to support the van expansion.

The Nissan NV250, a new small van based on the current Renault Kangoo platform, also will be produced at the plant, beginning in mid-2019. Renault also currently produces the Mercedes Citan van Maubeuge.

There are 2,200 workers at the plant that has been a core production site for Renault for almost 50 years. Over 60% of the plant’s production is exported to 33 countries. In 2017, more than 130,000 Kangoo vehicles were sold throughout the world, with Kangoo ZE leading electric van sales in Europe.

Ghosn said: “Groupe Renault’s global van expertise is driving synergies across the Alliance to benefit all our customers.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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