Renault Could Rival VW’s ID.3, Tesla Model 3 With Larger Electric Car

Renault is expecting strong demand for the new generation Zoe, but their involvement with zero-emission vehicles will soon become much larger.

According to Bloomberg, who spoke with Emmanuel Bouvier, the man at the helm of the company’s EV business, the French automaker is planning a larger model that would target the new Volkswagen ID.3 or the Tesla Model 3.

“We’re working on developing the range of our lineup so as to cover all segments with electric cars”, said the exec, who also confirmed that they it could be a derivative of another model. “It’s too early to say that we’ll be in competition with Tesla head on, but we’re obviously planning to cover a larger share of the market.”

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Aside from the new Zoe and a K-ZE-based affordable EV that would be sold in Europe, Renault can take advantage of Nissan’s expertise in the field, too, who holds an important piece of the market with the latest Leaf.

The future of the Alliance would likely see more shared components between their EVs, which should count no less than 12 different vehicles by 2022 across the three brands (Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi), according to the business plan presented a couple of years ago.

Renault is apparently the most ambitious member of the Alliance when it comes to zero-emission cars, as it plans to have no less than eight such models in the lineup by 2022.

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  • Romain AA

    I still can’t understand why electric cars have to be specific models. It is not the case for gasoline vs diesel vs HVE. Having dedicated design, production, marketing and retail strategies certainly doesn’t help keeping the price down and probably makes it even harder for customers to commit to take a “big step”.
    In the contrary, PSA strategy that offers an electric version of all its new models as a mere additional alternative makes much more sense to me. And looking at the first sales figures of the e208, it seems to be the right one

    • Matt

      Packaging and efficiency can be compromised when you take an ICE platform and convert it to EV.

    • Thomas Gritzan

      I asked myself this question many times. Why didn’t Renault make the “Zoe” the new Twingo with all different Engines and kill the present, really ugly looking Twingo. They would sell so much Cars and the production cost will be on the lowest.

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