Renault will manufacture more than a million electric motors a year from 2024

The Renault group has accelerated its electric offensive with the start-up of a new production line for ePT-160kW electric motors at its plant in Cléon (France).

The electric motor production workshop includes four assembly lines and two winding lines with a production capacity of 120,000 motors per year and, thanks to its flexible design, could produce 240,000 motors per year.

The company has invested 620 million euros since 2018 in the Cléon plant to industrialize the group’s 100% electric and hybrid engines. The factory will have a production capacity of more than one million electrified motors per year from 2024, including 500,000 electric motors and 510,000 hybrid motors.

The industrial director of Renault, the Spaniard José Vicente de los Mozos, present during the inauguration of the production line, highlighted the Cléon plant as an “emblematic site in the heart of the industrial ecosystem of the Renault group”, as well as the largest production center for electric motors in France.

“Today, it is a new stage in its conversion to electric power and a great pride for the 3,228 employees of the plant to produce this new electric motor for the Renault Megane E-Tech. Cléon is the perfect example of the group’s industrial transformation towards the electric vehicle and its entire value chain, involving our employees, our social collaborators and our local actors”, highlighted De los Mozos.

The manager has also indicated that another future electric drive, developed in conjunction with Valeo, will also be assembled at the French plant. This new engine will be developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, with a power of 160 kilowatts (kW) and will equip Renault’s 100% electric models, including the Megane E-Tech Electric, manufactured by the plant of Douai within the framework of the ElectriCity cluster.

Since 2015, the Cléon plant has produced the electric powertrain for Renault ZOE, Twingo ZE, Kangoo ZE and Master ZE. Currently, it is expanding its range with the industrialization of the ePT-160 kW, which will also equip the future Renault C-segment model.

From 2024, production will be expanded with the ePT-100 kW engine for the future Renault 5 electric car and, from 2027, with the new generation 200 kW electric drive, designed without rare earths and developed in collaboration with Valeo and Valeo Siemens eAutomotive.

Likewise, to promote the large-scale transformation, Renault will train its employees in the new electrical professions at the E-Mobility Academy, a campus that will have an online learning system, with the aim of training plant employees .

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