The turn towards electrification of the automobile is accelerating. On the occasion of the 89th World Motor Show, which opened this Monday for a week at the Porte de Versailles, in Paris, the announcements of manufacturers in this regard are multiplying, while the Head of State, Emmanuel Macron, wants to develop a French electrical industry . And there is work. so far, hIn addition to the Renault Zoé, at the end of its life, the new Mégane and two small SUVs, Opel and DS (Stellantis)all other 100% electric models from French private car manufacturers are manufactured abroad.
Peugeot will accelerate the electrification of its ranges
Thus, Peugeot, which is betting on 100% electric sales in Europe by 2030, announced that it is accelerating the electrification of its ranges. The Stellantis group brand will launch electric versions in 2023 and 2024 of five of its models. In particular, the electric versions of its compact and break 308, produced in France. The engine of its compacts will also equip a sporty edition of the small electric e-208. The 408 sedan, presented at the Paris Motor Show in petrol and plug-in hybrid versions, will also soon have an electric version. ” From 2023, our entire range will be electrified “, in hybrid or electric, nominated Linda Jackson as general manager during a roundtable with journalists.
The lion brand will also present a concept before the end of 2022, the Peugeot “Inception”, which is expected to illustrate its vision of the electric car. This will be the first concept based on the new STLA Small chassis, which Stellantis intends to extend to all of its entry-level electric vehicles. While electric models remain much more expensive to buy than their thermal equivalents, Peugeot is not working on an electric model smaller than the 208, Linda Jackson said, referring to the Peugeot scooter present at the booth for small budgets and short distances. .
Stellantis goes gradually convert all your french sites
These announcements are part of a broader transition to electricity strategy. Furthermore, the Stellantis group announced at the same time that it would produce ” in short time » 12 electric vehicles in France, against 6 currently. The Peugeot 308, 308 break and 408 electric will be produced, namely in Mulhouse (Haut Rhin), announced the general director Carlos Tavares, together with the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, who visited the Peugeot stand.
The 3008 and 5008 electric SUVs will be produced in Sochaux (Doubs) and Citroën’s future electric SUV in Rennes, the group said. ” We are in the process of giving credibility to this trajectory that we have proposed, that of obtaining 2 million electric vehicles produced in France by 2030 “, greeted the President of the Republic. ” We have already secured 1 million by 2026-2027 “, continued Emmanuel Macron. ” We will be there to support and accompany in the long term, to make France once again a great automotive land of tomorrow. “, he promised.
The French-Italian-American group Stellantis, in which the French state is a shareholder, has already notably produced the electric DS3 and the Opel Mokka in Poissy (Yvelines) and electric utility vehicles in Hordain (North). The group will also produce electric batteries in Douvrin (Pas-de-Calais).
While the transition to electricity raises fears of factory downsizing, ” all our industrial facilities (in France) now have a clear future ahead “, nominated by Carlos Tavares, “ and the technology needed to face the competition, in particular the Chinese competition that you can see today at this Mondial de Paris “.” Stellantis’ French facilities are therefore now all electric and their production will allow the company to achieve carbon neutrality by 2038. “, underlined the group in a press release.
Renault presents the new R4
Its competitor Renault, in turn, multiplied the announcements about the production in France of its electric R4, which will be manufactured in Maubeuge (North). The car, a small SUV using some codes from the iconic 4L from the 1960s, will be marketed from 2025. Announced through the concept car “4EVER Trophy”, will be added to a new electric Kangoo, produced in Maubeuge, to the new Mégane manufactured in Douai (North), and to the return to Douai also (North) of the Scenic and Renault 5 from here 2024 , all battery models .
The Renault group, whose diamond brand is expected to become 100% electric by 2030, is expected to detail on November 8 its strategy of creating an entity dedicated to electricity and software, the sector of the future of the automotive industry, and another specialized in the historic engine business. of internal combustion. He discusses in parallel with Nissan review the structure of their twenty-year alliance.
Macron wants to support manufacturers
To respond to the problem of accessibility of electric vehicles, even more expensive than thermal vehicles, in a context aggravated by inflation, and while car sales are at their lowest levels since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday an increase in the ecological bonus for the purchase of a car for half of French households and the entry into application of the ” social lease “early 2024.” Because we want to make the electric car accessible to everyone, we are even going to increase the ecological bonus from 6,000 to 7,000 euros for half of the most modest homes.»
The Head of State also announced an extension of the price shield to electric terminals from January 2023 and a target of 400,000 public terminals per month by 2030.
(With AFP and Reuters)