Renault also joins the manufacturers that they will only sell electric cars from 2030. This has been confirmed by Luca de Meo himself, CEO of the brand, who at a press conference at the Renault Technical Center in Paris. The French firm joins other brands, such as Ford or Mini, which have already made announcements along the same lines.
As with its competitors’ plans, Renault’s electric-only offering will only be available in Europe. In the rest of the markets, the firm with the rhombus will continue to sell vehicles powered by combustion engines, although the offer will be increasingly reduced and electrification will be more present.
Renault’s most ambitious plans
This announcement comes after Luca de Meo announced Renaulution in January 2021, a roadmap in which he showed his plans to rescue a firm that wants save 3,000 million euros in costs before 2025. Shortly after, in the summer, Renault put on the table its strategic plans regarding the electric car: in 2030 they aspired to 90% of their sales being completely electrified cars.
To achieve this, Renault looked to the past and to the future. To the past because in the coming years electric versions of mythical models of the firm will arrive, such as the R5 or the R4, a direct arrow to the heart of the most nostalgic. And to the future because at the June conference it was confirmed that the brand will work on two platforms to house exclusively electric mechanics or that are already working on the development of solid-state batteries.
Now, with this latest announcement, Luca de Meo confirms that the models that come out with combustion engines in the coming years will be the last that the firm has available, if we take into account that there are only eight years left for a complete electrification of the brand, little more than what each generation usually lasts in the automotive sector. Until then, such important models for the firm as the Renault Mégane will lead the way, with its fully electric version.
These types of decisions are less and less surprising because European institutions are pressing for manufacturers to switch to full electrification. The future Euro 7 regulation wants to implement such harsh homologation conditions that brands such as Audi have already abandoned the development of exclusively combustion engines. Renault now joins the group that will eliminate any thermal block in less than 10 years.