Renault will build a new Alpine EV at the Dieppe site
PARIS — Renault will build a new all-electric model for its Alpine brand at its Dieppe site in northern France, chairman Jean-Dominique Senard said.
“A few years ago, there was uncertainty about the future of this plant and now, thanks to the work of the Renault teams, we can really secure the future of this plant,” Senard told France Inter radio. Friday.
Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors said on Thursday they plan to deepen their cooperation in the production of electric vehicles as their alliance positions itself to compete with rivals in the auto industry‘s shift to electric vehicles.
Senard also told France Inter radio that Renault hoped to hire an additional 2,500 people for its French factories.
The Dieppe plant currently manufactures only one Alpine model, the A110. It is the alliance’s smallest assembly site.
In January, Renault announced it would make Alpine an all-electric brand and expand it with three new all-electric models, including an electric vehicle developed with Lotus Cars.
Alpine and Lotus are cooperating on an electric sports car that will arrive in 2025 when the A110 will need to be replaced to meet new emissions targets and other tougher regulations.
Renault is aiming for Alpine’s profitability by 2025, in particular by investing in motorsport.
Alpine will absorb Renault’s performance arm, RenaultSport, which now produces fast versions of Renault models such as the Clio and Megane. The brand will be promoted globally via the Alpine Formula 1 team, which has been rebranded as Renault for the 2021 season.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report