Renault and Nissan have joined Chinese company Dongfeng to bring high capacity production of electric vehicles for the China market.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng have entered a new joint venture to co-develop and sell electric vehicles (EV) in China.
The new joint venture, eGT New Energy Automotive (eGT), will focus on the core competencies of each partner and will harness the full potential of the Renault-Nissan Alliance electric vehicle position, as well as the resources of Dongfeng in the new energy industry, to meet the expectations of the Chinese market.
eGT will design a new EV with intelligent interconnectivity, that will be in line with the expectations of Chinese customers. It will be jointly developed by the Alliance and Dongfeng on an A-segment SUV platform of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. It will draw on the EV technologies and cost-effective car design experience from the Alliance, and the competitive manufacturing costs from Dongfeng.
“The establishment of the new joint venture with Dongfeng confirms our common commitment to develop competitive electric vehicles for the Chinese market,” said Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. “We are confident of meeting the expectations of the Chinese customers and to strengthen our global electric vehicle position.”
“This project is the result of a joint effort to develop electric vehicles for the Chinese market, by the ‘Golden Triangle’ formed by Dongfeng, Renault and Nissan, with an innovative business model,” said Zhu Yanfeng, Chairman of Dongfeng. “We expect to meet the transformation trend of the market in China; where cars are becoming light, electric, intelligent, interconnected and shared. This is also testimony to a deepened and strengthened strategic cooperation between the three parties.”
Renault, Dongfeng and Nissan (China) Investment have signed an agreement to set up the new joint venture. Renault will hold 25 percent of eGT, Nissan will hold 25 percent and Dongfeng the remaining 50 percent.
The newly formed eGT is planned to be based in the City of Shiyan, Hubei Province in central China. The electric vehicle will be produced at the Dongfeng plant of Shiyan which has a production and sales capacity of 120,000 vehicles a year. Start of production of the new EV is forecast in the year 2019.
According to the China Association of automobile manufacturers, China is the world’s largest BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) market. In 2016, 256 879 BEV were sold in China, up 121 percent from the previous year. In the first seven months of 2017, production of BEVs reached 223,000 units and sales 204,000 units, representing an increase of 37.8 percent and 33.6 percent respectively. The new move aims to tap the potential of the fast-growing Chinese segment of the market.