Category: Electric Vehicles

Renault Tapping The Heat Of The Earth To Save On Carbon

Posted by on 05 Dec 2022

Geothermal Power To Build Renault EVs And EV Batteries

Geothermal Power To Build Renault EVs And EV Batteries

Renault has teamed up with French renewable energy company Engie to create a geothermal plant at its Douai factory in France. The current contract is for 15 years and will provide both heat and electricity to the plant. Drilling at the site is expected to start by late 2023.

Geothermal energy comes from the heat inside the earth. The ability to extract this kind of energy cost effectively depends on several factors such as geological formations and rock composition. Hot springs are the simplest forms of such energy and have been used for thousands of years to heat homes and water pools.

In the case of the Douai plant, extracting this resource is more difficult. They have to drill down to a depth of 4000 metres and extract geothermal fluids – hot water.

This hot water is expected to be between 130 and 140 degrees Celsius and will be used for industrial heating in the winter and to generate electricity in the summer.

This plant will create around 40MW of capacity, and although it does not sound like much, it is significant because it will run clean energy at minimal cost day in, and day out. And it is but one of Renault’s initiatives toward reaching carbon neutrality in Europe by 2040 and globally by 2050.

Geothermal Lithium Batteries

Another such project is Renault’s agreement with Australian-German geothermal lithium developer Vulcan Energy Resources. This agreement is for an initial period of five years, with commercial delivery set for 2026.

It forms part of Renault’s ambition to sell cars in Europe that were made in Europe and follows the launch of the Renault ElectriCity, the most competitive and efficient factory for producing electric vehicles in Europe.

In terms of the agreement, Renault will purchase between 6000 and 17000 metric tonnes of battery-grade lithium chemicals from Vulcan per year. The advantage of these chemicals is that they will be produced using carbon-free geothermal power, using renewables to make renewables.

Renault Group continues to accelerate its EV strategy to reach the greenest mix in the European market in 2025, with over 65% of electric and electrified vehicles in the sales mix, and up to 90% battery electric vehicles mix in 2030. Thanks to the deal with Vulcan, which will combine geothermal energy and lithium resource to reduce lithium’s high carbon and water footprint on production, Renault Group will save between 300 to 700 kg of CO2 for a 50-kWh battery.

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Renault Amps Up The Move To A Sustainable Electric Future

Posted by on 22 Nov 2022

Renault Software Defined Vehicle plans

Renault Group + Qualcomm planning for a sustainable electric future

Earlier this month, Groupe Renault sat down with investors to roll out the plans for its new sustainable business revamp, which includes a newly launched electric-vehicle, as well as a platform for the development of thermal and hybrid assets.

The e-vehicle market has been booming for the last few years as motorists become increasingly aware of the impact of their daily emissions. As the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (more commonly referred to as COP27) wraps up in Egypt, consumers are over the globe are learning that less-polluting products are the only way forward. Renault agrees.

In a game-changing move, the European Union laid the groundwork in October of this year to phase out the sale of new carbon-emitting vehicles completely by 2035. This has inspired renewed fervour in automakers who are now competing to bring the most efficient electric prototypes to market.

So, what will this green transformation look like? Here is what we know so far:

  • Ampere will stand as the flagship division of Renault’s green reorganisation. This division is poised to employ 10 000 staff members in the north of France to produce e-vehicles. There are talks of opening up the scope for outside investment, but Renault would remain the majority shareholder at all times.
  • Horse will be the research and development subsidiary that develops hybrid and internal-combustion vehicles, employing up to 19 000 staff members throughout Europe, America and China. Well-known eastern automaker Geely is currently in the running for a stake in this subsidiary.

According to Renault CEO Luca de Meo, the decision to reorganise in this way follows their overarching goal to remain agile and innovative in the face of vastly accelerated technological evolution.

The initial response to the news of Renault’s restructuring has been very positive, with group shares gaining 3.7% on the Parisian stock market. Although there have been some concerns regarding job losses that are likely to occur due to the separation of electric and conventional production, the overall sentiment is that Renault is making the sensible move right now. In fact, e-vehicles and hybrids made up 38% of its European sales this year – a whopping 12% increase from 2021.

We are keeping a close eye on these exciting proceedings and will share more news from Groupe Renault as it becomes available. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with a Group1 Renault representative to learn more about the vehicles we currently have on our showroom floors in Johannesburg and Stellenbosch.

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Automated Parking Almost A Reality Thanks To Renault And EasyPark!

Posted by on 06 Jul 2022

Automated Parking Almost A Reality Thanks To Renault And EasyPark!

Renault And EasyPark Partner On Megane E-Tech Electric

Whether you are a super confident driver, or someone who breaks out in a cold sweat every time they need to merge on a highway, one thing is for sure – it would be great if parking wasn’t such a big hassle. Because be honest, even pro drivers would probably like to let the car do its thing in a tight parallel spot on a busy Friday afternoon on payday around knock-off time.

This is why we are so excited to announce that Renault and EasyPark have partnered on the innovative new Megane E-Tech Electric! While fully-automated parking is still a way off, the amazing EasyPark technology that is already available will enable Renault Megane E-Tech Electric drivers to manage the parking process via the car’s display without any physical machine engagement or smartphone involvement.

This is all facilitated by means of an app that is directly uploaded into the car’s infotainment system and allows Renault drivers to experience several new features and possibilities to further improve their intuitive driving experience.

According to Cameron Clayton, CEO of EasyPark Group, the main aim behind this technological shift is to make parking and overall e-car mobility as easy as possible for the end consumer. By using the app to run their tech through the OpenR Link Renault infotainment system, its functionalities become integrated with the vehicle so drivers don’t have to refer to or engage with their smartphones while driving.


  • Global statistics show that one in five vehicle crashes occur in parking lots
  • This accounts for about 50,000 car accidents per year
  • Most fatal parking lot accidents occur because of a car backing into pedestrians (often children or older adults)
  • Many of these occur because drivers are digitally distracted

As such, technology that lessens distraction while providing clear parking guidance is a boon for drivers and pedestrians alike. This is especially true in a country like South Africa, where urban congestion is at a high rate and parking lots can often be busy and bustling with hawkers and informal traders aside from drivers and pedestrians.

There you have it – the short and sweet skinny on the new partnership between Renault and EasyPark on the Megane E-Tech Electric. We will share more news on this exciting development as it becomes available. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with our expert sales team at our Group1 Renault dealerships in Johannesburg and Stellenbosch.

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Renault E-Tech Engineered Special Edition Comes To Life

Posted by on 28 Jun 2022

Renault Kiger SUV and Renault Triber MPV

Renault’s Kiger and Triber are among top cars in SA

With electric and hybrid vehicles growing in popularity across the globe, Renault has introduced the E-Tech-engineered special edition for the Clio, Captur, Arkana, and Megane electrified derivatives. Unsurprisingly, they’ve used design and style cues of the 100% electric Megane E-Tech for the new E-Tech-engineered special editions.

What Is The Renault E-Tech Engineered Special Edition?

E-Tech is the term for the innovative and exclusive technology of Renault which is protected by 150 patents. Renault relied on their immense expertise in electric vehicles and developed the system in collaboration with Renault F1 teams.

The E-Tech Hybrid drive system has a combustion engine, two electric engines, a battery and an automatic gearbox to create a more refined driving experience. As a result, the energy management of Renault’s hybrid cars is more efficient and intelligent which means extended range even in full electric mode.

E-Tech Engineered Special Edition Clio, Captur, Arkana and Megane

Renault’s E-Tech engineered special edition adds a modern feel to the four existing passenger vehicles already available in Europe and other international markets. The E-tech-engineered special edition benefits from all the impressive equipment that made the R.S. Line trim so popular but that’s not all. It also gets a new, high-end look with sporty colours and materials in accordance with current trends.

Starting with the exterior, the E-Tech engineered special edition design features Warm Titanium highlights on parts. This includes the F1® blade on the lower front bumper, the side and rear lower-body trims and rim markings. Another distinctive feature is Renault’s iconic diamond-shaped logo and lettering in shiny black on the vehicle’s front and rear.

Its overall appearance is topped off by a new E-Tech Hybrid or Plug-In Hybrid badge on the rear hatch door which is common for all Renault’s electrified vehicles. The final exterior feature on the special edition models is a bold but stylish graphic label on the driver’s door. The E-Tech Engineered Renault Clio, Captur, Arkana and Megane vehicles are available in various body colours.

Interior Design And Features

To complement the sporty exterior of Renault’s E-Tech-engineered special edition models, the interior needed to be special and it certainly is. The same desire that went into creating the beautiful exterior also resulted in a design that screams visual unity and character. This is largely due to the Warm Titanium stitching on the upholstery and gold decorative accents on the dashboard and air vents. The steering wheel features the letter ‘E’ as the E-Tech signature while the doors also feature a visual design reflecting the exterior door label.

Renault Leading The Charge In Electric Vehicles

For more than 10 years, Renault has been a pioneer in electric vehicles and continues to share its expertise with as many people as possible by providing universally available mobility solutions. Renault has two types of engines: E-Tech Hybrid and E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid, both of which were developed to fulfil the demands of a growing market. The E-Tech Engineered Special Edition models are as follows:

  • Arkana – E-Tech Hybrid
  • Renault Captur – E-Tech Hybrid and E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid
  • Renault Clio – E-Tech Hybrid
  • Megane – E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid

E-Tech Engineered Special Edition Delivers The Best Of Both Worlds

Designed to give occupants a more efficient and enjoyable driving experience, the Renault E-Tech special edition model combines an electric motor with a petrol engine, delivering the best of both worlds while the interior is luxurious, spacious and comfortable.

Through continued research and development, the E-Tech Engineered special edition models are economical, environmentally friendly and seductive in appearance. Starting in June, the E-Tech Engineered models will be available in France for the Clio, Arkana and Megane but the Renault Captur will only be released at a later stage.

There is no confirmation yet whether any of the E-Tech Engineered Special Edition models will be available in South Africa but we certainly hope so. To read more about new vehicle launches, motoring advice, and hybrid and electric vehicles, simply read our blog and follow us on Facebook.

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Prototype Electric-Hydrogen Renault SUV Promises 800km Driving Range & More

Posted by on 08 Jun 2022

Prototype Electric-Hydrogen Renault SUV Promises 800km Driving Range & More

Renault Shares First Look At E-Hydrogen SUV

In the next step towards making electrical vehicle use more convenient for everyday users, Renault has revealed its new electric-hydrogen hybrid concept car. Once completed, this beauty will have a range of a whopping 800 km!

If everything goes to plan, the next-gen SUV will be partially powered by a 2.5 kg tank located on the front of the vehicle, and make use of a rather intricate propulsion system featuring a hydrogen engine, fuel cell, hydrogen tank, electric motor, and battery.

Here are a few interesting facts about this vehicle that will only be launched in its fully-fledged entirety beyond 2030:

The E-Hydrogen Tech is Still Being Perfected

The 40-kilowatt-hour battery will be produced by a French facility by 2024 and will be recyclable. On the other hand, the electric-hydrogen powertrain component is still being developed and will likely only be fully operational later in the decade.

Future Hydrogen Station Networks Will Be Instrumental

In order for the Renault SUV to reach its 800km-per-trip potential global hydrogen station networks will need to grow large enough to support this type of vehicle between electric charges. The hope is that by 2030 this will indeed be the case in most countries around the globe as nations seek to embrace energy technologies beyond oil and fossil fuels.

Hydrogen Can Be Produced in a Sustainable Way

Currently, most hydrogen generation processes require the use of fossil fuels, which defeats the purpose somewhat. However, hydrogen can also be produced by means of electrolysis, whereby an electric current splits water into oxygen and hydrogen. This can be done in a sustainable way if the electricity used comes from a renewable source like wind- or solar power.

We look forward to sharing more information about these exciting developments as it becomes available. Renault keeps innovating on a daily basis, and drivers around the world stand to benefit from these amazing leaps in greener auto design.

Check back soon for more insider insights on Renault models that are in the pipeline, as well as those that are currently available in South Africa. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with our teams in Stellenbosch and Johannesburg to learn more about the exciting vehicles on our showroom floors, and how we can help you to make it super simple to arrange a test drive (we’ll even come to you!).

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How Renault Is Leading The Charge With Electric Vehicles

Posted by on 02 Jun 2022

Why Renault Are Experts In Electric Vehicles

Why Renault Are Experts In Electric Vehicles

The world is changing and so is the way we get around in it. Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular as people look for more sustainable and environmentally friendly transport options. Renault has been a pioneer in the electric vehicle market and continues to lead the way with its innovative E-Tech technology.

With a large network, more than 10 years of experience selling and maintaining electric vehicles and 1,000 E-Tech expert centres with highly experienced, qualified and expertly trained staff, Renault customers are in exceptional hands. Since the share of electric vehicles has grown steadily since 2019, Renault had to be at the top of its game and they’ve certainly delivered.

Meeting The Increased Demand For Electric Vehicles

We can all agree that the electric vehicle market has grown significantly and Renault’s electric vehicle sales prove that. In 2021, 9.8 % of new passenger car registrations in France were electric vehicles which is up from 6.7 % in 2020 and 1.9 % in 2019.

Being a pioneer in electric vehicles, Renault has sold 213,869 electric vehicles in France since 2011. This includes 156,743 Renault ZOE cars and 33,687 Kangoo E-Tech vehicles. Already in the first quarter of 2022, Renault electric passenger car registrations increased by 16% in France compared to 2021. During this period, the ZOE and Twingo E-Tech electric vehicles accounted for 13% of Renault passenger car sales.

The Renault network is also leading in the number of sales of used electric vehicles in France. Selling 11,000 ZOE EVs in 2021, the Renault Used Vehicle Network saw a 60% increase in sales of used electric vehicles compared to 2020. The company has stated that the switch to electric vehicles will increase with the arrival of the electric Renault Megane E-Tech which comes at a time when higher fuel prices are making the cost of using EVs even more feasible and attractive.

Renault’s E-Tech Expert Centres Give Them The Edge

For more than a decade, Renault has been helping customers switch to electric vehicles. They have the largest network of experts in France to assist customers in terms of selling, maintaining and repairing electric vehicles. Aside from making the switch to EVs easier, they also wanted an expert centre no more than a 20-minute drive for any Renault customer.

Today, there are more than 450 dealerships and nearly 600 Renault agents which means electric vehicle owners are guaranteed to find a Renault E-Tech expert anywhere in France. Each centre will have highly trained, qualified and well-equipped personnel to assist with just about anything service-related. To fulfil its purpose, the E-Tech expert centre will have the following:

  • special E-Tech electric vehicle corner in the showroom
  • technical coordinators and electromechanical engineers who specialise in electric vehicles
  • bodywork specialists who are qualified and trained to perform the necessary work on electric vehicles
  • relevant workshop equipment and specialist tools for EVs
  • charging points for electric and electrified vehicles

Overcoming Obstacles To The Adoption Of Electric Vehicles

With their tremendous experience in EVs, Renault and its large network provide innovative solutions to help eliminate the obstacles preventing the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. The goal is to make everyday mobility simple and pleasant for everyone with mobility solutions including the following:

  • Mobilize Power Solutions and Mobilize Smart Charge for home charging
  • For travelling – Mobilize Charge Pass, Mobilize Visa Card, Mobilize Business Pass
  • Switch Car and Battery certificate for more specific occasional requirements

In Europe, Renault is already active in this segment with the Twingo E-Tech Electric and ZOE. The automaker is also expanding its range of electric vehicles with the Megane E-Tech Electric.

Mobilize Power Solutions

Mobilize Power Solutions enable new EV owners to order their charging station or the reinforced socket from their Renault dealer and have it installed at their property. Based on an innovative tool using Google Maps, the dealer can provide a fixed price based on the location of the installation point without an in-person technical visit.

A Mobilize Power Solutions professional will contact the client to schedule a virtual visit and schedule the home installation before the vehicle is delivered and no more than 45 days after purchase. It also simplifies and accelerates the transition to sustainable mobility for companies.

This includes aspects from designing to the installation of charging points, supervision and energy optimisation services to maintenance. Customers get personalised support for recharging fleets of electric vehicles whether they’re on-site, at their homes or while travelling.

Mobilize Smart Charge

The free Mobilize Smart Charge application means new owners of Renault electric vehicles can optimise their home charging costs while greatly reducing their carbon footprint. This program takes into account spikes in energy generation and consumption where it can automatically adjust the motor’s charge based on grid energy availability.

It stops charging once the energy consumption exceeds energy generation, and will resume when there is a surplus of energy on the grid. This implies that Mobilize Smart Charge can help balance the electricity grid which indirectly facilitates the introduction of renewable energies.

The Mobilize Smart Charge application is available on the new Renault Megane E-Tech electric, Renault ZOE E-Tech electric and the Renault Twingo E-Tech electric. In order for it to work, vehicles must be equipped with the OpenR Link or EasyLink multimedia system.

Mobilize Charge Pass

The Mobilize Charge Pass is available with the new Megane E-Tech Electric as both an application and a card for accessing public charging points. Drivers simply log onto their “My Renault” account to find the nearest public charging point and whether or not it is available. They can also check the compatibility with their vehicle by filtering the results based on charging power and type of plug.

Finally, the Mobilize Charge Pass application provides the price as well. That means customers can recharge the vehicle knowing what it will cost them, and they also get a receipt via e-mail after each transaction. The Mobilize Charge Pass is accepted in 25 countries and provides access to more than 36,000 public charging points in France and more than 260,000 in Europe.

Mobilize Visa Card

The Renault Visa credit card is now the Mobilize Visa Card and contains many new features. Customers can apply through the Renault network without having to purchase a vehicle or enter into a vehicle financing agreement. With Mobilize Visa Card, customers can finance the installation of their home charging solution provided by Mobilize Power Solutions.

Once the recharging solution has been installed at the customer’s home, they can pay for it using the Mobilize Visa Card. There is a choice to pay in cash or on credit for over 36 months. The Mobilize Visa Card also offers a 1% cashback function in euros which accumulates credit over time and can be deducted from payments on future purchases. The Mobilize Visa Card is a credit card with revolving credit so customers can use it for cash or credit, in shops, online and for ATM withdrawals.

Switch Car

Renault’s Switch Car service for the new Megane E-Tech electric enables customers to use another vehicle with unlimited mileage for occasional needs. These can be longer-distance journeys for family holidays, weekend getaways or extended business trips.

For private and businesses, the Switch Car service on the new Renault Megane E-Tech is even more cost-effective than traditional short-term rentals. To switch a car, customers call the booking service 72 hours before they wish to collect it. From there, the booking service will contact rental companies, mostly Mobilize share, which will make the vehicle available at the customer’s nearest branch.

Battery Certificate For Electric Vehicles

The “Battery Certificate” is a reassurance factor where owners of Renault E-Tech electric vehicles can get certificates to indicate the remaining battery capacity. This certificate comes with every Renault Megane E-Tech to reassure owners about the battery’s condition throughout the vehicle’s service life.

The Battery Management System (BMS) in the vehicle provides the necessary data or it’s calculated externally using driving and charging data. This helps vehicle owners gain a better understanding of the battery’s state of health (SOH), which refers to the ratio of the battery’s current capacity to its initial capacity.

New Renault Megane E-Tech

The new Renault Megane E-Tech Features two batteries compatible with all charging infrastructure. It comprehensively meets customer needs where they can choose the finish, battery and charging solution that best suit their needs. The two batteries are as follows:

  • EV40 (40 kWh) which offers 300 km of range (WLTP standard)
  • EV60 (60 kWh) which delivers between 450 and 470 km of range (WLTP standard, depending on the model)

If you’re looking for more sustainable transportation solutions, Renault may be the perfect electric mobility partner. With their extensive experience and service offering, it’s not surprising they’ve sold so many electric vehicles. Unfortunately, the South African EV market is not nearly as advanced as it is in Europe, the Americas or Australasia.

Whether South Africa will build the charging infrastructure it needs or see any new Renault electric vehicles remain to be seen. To read all of our articles on new vehicle launches, motoring advice, ICE, hybrid and electric vehicles, read our blog and follow us on Facebook.

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