French automaker Renault has joined the all-electric party in Europe, as its CEO recently shared news that the brand would become 100% electric by 2030. While the announcement is welcomed progress, its timing also correlates with current climate proposals in the UK and EU that will limit ICE by 2030, and require 100% EV sales by 2035. Conversely, another Renault exec has openly spoken out against the ICE ban.
Renault Group is a French multinational automotive manufacturer celebrating 123 years of service next month. While the automaker has a longer history in combustion autos throughout Europe alongside its subsidiaries like Alpine and Dacia, it is no stranger to electric vehicles.
In fact, Renault was one of the early promoters of electric vehicles in the EU a decade ago, selling its Twizy microcar, Kangoo, and the Zoe which was Europe’s best selling electric car for a couple years.
To kick off 2021, the French automaker announced seven new electric cars including a Renault 5 prototype – this was soon joined by news of an all-electric Alpine vehicle with the help of Lotus. By May, Renault had revealed its upcoming Mégane E-TECH Electric hatchback coinciding with a rebranding of the company.