The new Renault model will be based on the electric car of the Chinese partnerFebruary 4, 2021
The Renault Mobilize brand will have four models optimized for use in passenger transport. The Queen, featured in the Renaulution plan, will be built by the Renault JMEV joint venture in China.
According to CEO Luca de Meo, in 2022 Renault plans to unveil an electric vehicle built by one of the group’s Chinese joint ventures specifically for taxi services. The midsize sedan was first developed by JMEV, a Jingliang Motors joint venture in which Renault has a majority stake. It is known in China as EZoom Yi and is expected to go on sale in China this year. De Meo says Mobilize will account for 20% of Renault Group’s turnover by 2030.
According to Chinese media reports, the Ezoom Yi has an electric motor with an output of around 150 hp. power and range from 350 to 400 km, which was confirmed by de Meo. Commentators noted that the EZoom logo is diamond-shaped and similar to Renault’s diamond-shaped logo.
“We have redirected the project to create a dedicated travel vehicle, for example for Didi or Uber,” de Meo told Automotive News Europe. “Our idea is to create the perfect solution for these companies.”
Renault has sharply reduced its presence in China after former CEO Carlos Ghosn’s ambitious plan to sell more than 500,000 vehicles there by 2022 failed. Last year, the group stopped selling passenger cars and disbanded a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor, which included a plant in Wuhan.
Founded in 2015, JMEV is licensed to manufacture electric vehicles in China, the largest electric vehicle market in the world, with an estimated sales of 1.3 million in 2020. This figure is expected to grow Earlier, a top manager of the brand said in an interview that if Renault returns to China, the company will do it in an innovative way. He noted that the alliance partner Nissan has a strong presence in China.
In addition to JMEV, Renault has two other joint ventures in China: a partnership with Brilliance Jinbei focused on commercial vehicles; and eGT New Energy Automotive (with Dongfeng and Nissan), which makes electric vehicles, including the Dacia Spring, which is due to launch in Europe this year.
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