For Renault, electric vehicles will weigh more than 10% of the auto market in 2025
Posted on 07 / 03 / 2017 New Factory
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The new boss of the diamond brand electric vehicle estimated Tuesday, March 7, on the sidelines of the Geneva International Motor Show, that the share of electric vehicles on the market could represent more than 10% by 2025.
Renault considers plausible that electric vehicles will represent more than 10% of the automobile market in 2025, driven by the improvement in battery performance and by the tougher traffic conditions in the city center. During the presentation in 2010 of a vast program of zero emission vehicles, the CEO Carlos Ghosn had assured that the market would weigh 10% in 2020. But a slower than expected deployment of charging infrastructure and gas prices too low to encourage the rapid abandonment of thermal engines had gradually led the CEO of Renault to abandon this forecast.
On the strength of this experience, the new boss of the diamond group's electric vehicle, Gilles Normand, plays caution between the most reserved and the most optimistic forecasts for 2025. "I don't know where the balance will go in the end. , but if I take an average medium, it will probably be in double digits, what a precise percentage I can't say, "he said in an interview with Reuters.
The inflection point arrives
Yet the period seems again favorable for the electric, with double-digit increases in France and in Europe, and a market share which begins to count. According to the latest figures from Avere, the registratio
ns of electric cars in the Hexagon climbed 19,6% in February, giving a market share of 1,4%, against less than 1% for several years in a row. “The inflection point is clearly happening,” added Gilles Normand.
Starting first with a full range, Renault intends to retain the advantage in the face of competing offers that are expected to increase over the next few years. To liven up the news of its electric bestseller Zoé, whose range has just been extended to 300 kilometers in real driving (400 km in an approved cycle), the group presents in Geneva a sporty version of its city car, lowered with gaping air inlets, two electric motors and more beastly acceleration than a circuit formula.
The Renault group at the forefront
The group also continues to expand its range. In the small car segment, it is preparing a low cost electric offer for China. It has also extended the autonomy of its electric Kangoo van - now fitted with an LG battery instead of Nissan technology, a sensitive subject within the alliance - and will launch an electric Master.
This large van must meet the needs of logistics companies that run vehicles in closed warehouses and those of transport companies that want to be able to deliver the last few kilometers in the city center, regardless of the traffic restrictions imposed.
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