Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Electric version of Renault Kangoo to be manufactured in Maubeuge

French automaker Renault plans to build three of its new range of four electric cars in France and Spain. Just last week, Renault revealed that it will produce its core-range electric model, a minicar, in its Flins plant, near Paris, starting in 2012. Renault has high expectations for the minicar, which is slated to account for two-thirds of its electric car sales in Europe.

This makes Flins a central hub for production of Renault’s zero-emission vehicles.

In addition, Flins will build a production version of the Zoe Z.E. Concept, which was seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September.

The Zoe Z.E. concept is a four-seat minicar that is meant to be used for short daily journeys in urban areas.

Meanwhile, Renault’s electric version of its Kangoo car-derived van will be built in Maubeuge, northern France, starting in the first half of 2011.

The electric Kangoo will be built on the same production line as gasoline and diesel versions.