Renault opposes EC proposal to ban 2035 hybrid cars, especially for Dacia

At the Munich Motor Show, Renault Group engineering director Gilles Le Borgne said the 2040 is a much more realistic target, especially for the Dacia brand and customers who place more emphasis on accessibility.

“First of all, I want to be very clear that we do not oppose the transition, we were the first to sell electric vehicles and we have more vehicles of this type on European roads than any other manufacturer,” Gilles Le Borgne was quoted as saying. Agerpres.

“But there are three clear reasons why we believe that extending the transition makes sense. First, we want to be absolutely sure that the infrastructure is adequate with the rate of adoption of electric vehicles on battery. This is far from a certainty and it does not make sense to go further. Secondly, although we have absolute confidence that we have the necessary technology (given that hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrids and battery-powered electric vehicles are all available for sale today), we do not know if we have customers. We want and, more importantly, can afford it.Finally, and most importantly, we need time to adapt.Changing our plants to new technologies is not a simple process, and adapting our workforce it will take time. You cannot make this change overnight and such a time frame would be difficult for us and even more difficult if you take into account the supply chain, “said Gilles Le Borgne.

“However, I want to be clear: I am not campaigning for the postponement of the deadline for technology reasons. We are ready. I said that 90% of the vehicles sold by Renault in 2030 will be battery-powered electric vehicles. If in the case of Alpine the proportion will be 100%, in the case of Dacia we believe it will be closer to 10% The company is built on freedom of movement but if it is not accessible it will have an unwanted impact People have to move and a popular brand like Renault it must be able to give them a chance to do so in a practical and affordable way, “added the Renault Group’s director of engineering.

Last Friday, Dacia presented the Jogger model, the first hybrid model of the Dacia brand. Jogger will be the first Dacia model to benefit from this technology and thus become the most affordable 7-seater hybrid family vehicle on the market.

Dacia Jogger is available from the launch with two engines: the new TCe 110 petrol engine and the ECO-G 100 engine. Dacia is the only manufacturer that offers, under the name ECO-G, a complete range of cars equipped with mixed petrol engines / GPL. The offer of engines will be completed by a hybrid version in 2023.

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