Renault to sell only electric vehicles in Europe from 2030

With EVs accounting for 11 per cent of European sales in 2021, Renault is the latest brand to announce when it will go all electric.

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Renault is shifting its electric vehicles plans up a gear for its core European market, but it’s unclear what the brand’s plans are outside of Europe.

CEO Luca de Meo told reporters, including those from Automotive News Europe, at an event in France overnight, “Renault will be 100 per cent electric in 2030 in Europe”.

Renault had previously said it expected 90 per cent of its sales in Europe to be electric vehicles by 2030.

Should Renault meet its target, it will have an EV-only range five years ahead of the EU’s proposed ban on the sale of new cars with petrol or diesel engines.

Some of its rivals have already made similar commitments. Opel and Vauxhall will have EV-only ranges in Europe by 2028, while Ford says its European passenger car lineup will feature only electric motivation by 2030.

Alpine, which withdrew from Australia last year, will make the shift when the A110 goes out of production some time around 2025.

The A110’s successor will use an EV platform developed with Lotus. Alpine also plans to bolster its range with high performance variants of select Renault models.

As for the other brands in the Renault Group stable, they won’t be ditching internal combustion engines as early as the mother marque.

When questioned about Dacia, de Meo said it will transition “at the last possible moment”. This will allow the brand to retain its “value for money” proposition, which is popular in both eastern and western Europe.

Dacia does have an EV lineup, though. The Spring is claimed to the Continent’s cheapest mainstream EV, and features a 33kW motor paired to a 27kWh battery that’s good for around 230km of driving according to the WLTP standard.

No word yet on when or if Lada plans to go to all-in on EVs. Lada’s primary markets are Russia and the former republics of the old Soviet Union, only a few of which have joined the EU.

Russia and these post-Soviet states have yet to announce plans to prevent the sale of new cars with petrol and diesel motors.

Renault’s EV range currently consists of the Zoe launched back in 2012, and the Megane E-Tech crossover-slash-hatch.

The automaker has already confirmed the retro-flavoured 5 light hatchback for production, probably in 2024. This will be joined by the 4 crossover.

Reports indicate a further two EVs will go on sale by 2025.

MORE: Which brands are going fully electric and by when?

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Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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