Renault has reached an agreement with trade unions on a three-year plan to employ and retain plants in France. According to the agreement, Renault will produce nine new models, most of which are purely electric, in France – with the aim of producing more than 700,000 units per year.
However, it was also agreed with the CFE-CGC, CFDT and FO unions that 1,700 workers would leave voluntarily – but this would be offset by 2,500 new hires by 2024. In addition, 10,000 training and retraining sessions are planned in all business areas. According to the plan, jobs are to be cut in engineering and support in particular.
What is new is that the all-electric Renault Trafic, whose market launch is reportedly planned for 2022, will be manufactured at the Sandouville plant. The heart of Renault’s electric car production will of course be the eMobility industry cluster Renault ElectriCity, which comprises the Douai, Maubeuge and Ruitz plants in northern France. It was already known that Douai will produce the Megane E-TECH Electric and the Renault 5 Electric, while Maubeuge will produce the new electric Kangoo.
According to Renault, the eMobility industry cluster ElectriCity has also been awarded the contract to produce a future electric SUV as well as a new vehicle that is still in the planning phase. The Dieppe plant will build a new Alpine model – possibly an electric one.
This is because Renault is reportedly planning three out of ten new electric models for the Alpine brand by 2030. Renault now also specifies that the future 100 kW electric motor and its entire value chain will be assigned to the Cléon plant.
The development of future technologies will also be concentrated in France: “In line with the Renaulution strategic plan, the agreement also provides that all the skills needed to design electric and connected vehicles, and future mobility service, will be concentrated at French engineering facilities,” the company writes. Sites that fall under the scope of the agreement – i.e. industry, logistics, parts and accessories – are not to be closed during the term of the agreement until 2025.
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