The manufacturer announced in February that it was thinking about separating its electrical and thermal activities “in order to improve efficiency and operational performance”.
Renault’s electrical division in France and its thermal division abroad should each have 10,000 employees by 2023, or around a fifth of its workforce worldwide, the group said on Thursday.
Like Ford, which will bring together its electrical activities under the name “Model“Renault had announced in February that it was considering separating its electrical and thermal activities”in order to strengthen its efficiency and operational performance“. The diamond brand should present the conclusions of these reflections to investors in the fall of 2022, but Renault gave some details on Thursday in a press release on the scope of each of these poles. In 2021, the group had some 157,000 employees worldwide (including 45,000 in Russia, which the group has been trying to leave since the start of the war in Ukraine).
Strengthen the potential of technologies
The autonomous entityElectric Vehicles and Softwarewould include French engineering activities (part of the Technocentre in Guyancourt, the Renault Software Lab, the Lardy site (Essonne) and other sites under study in Île-de-France), industry (the three plants of its ElectriCity as well as that of Cléon, in the North), as well as the support functions related to these activities. Another entity would bring together its thermal and hybrid engine and transmission activities and technologies based outside France, with its Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Romanian, Brazilian, Chilean engine factories, as well as research centers in Spain, Romania, Turkey and in Brazil.
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“Renault Group is convinced that internal combustion, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles benefit from significant long-term prospects and outlets in Europe and also on international markets.“, underlined the French group. He has “aims to strengthen the potential of its technologies but also to contribute to the development of low-emission fuels, LPG… and thus create a world leader Powertrain (engines) serving the automotive industry“. Consultations on these studiesare carried out with all the functions concerned at group level and in the countries involved” and “the development of these strategic reflections will continue in the social dialogue“, underlined the group, while a first walkout had affected the technical center of Lardy in February, the CGT union denouncing future relocations.
Next Tuesday, the leaders of Renault will also present their project to their Japanese partners Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors during a board meeting of their alliance in Japan. Nissan says “sustainRenault’s initiative but is not ready for the time being to adopt a similar organization. “It is too early“, said Friday its operational director Ashwani Gupta during a press briefing in Yokohama. Because if Europe, Renault’s main market, is clearly moving towards all-electric, Nissan is also very present in North America, China and Japan, markets evolving at different paces in terms of electrification, he justified. “We focus on electric (…) but we must also stay focused on thermal, because today this represents 92% of our customersMr. Gupta insisted.
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