Written by Chris Kwacz

The Renault Group just released a brand NEW Long Term Strategy for the whole company called Renaulution! It’s a big turnover into Electric/Green Vehicles and Renault just teamed up with PLUG POWER one of the biggest Fuel Cell World Producers. The goal is simple: Renault wants to become a LEADER in production of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Light Commercial Vehicles in whole Europe.

The Renaulution, new longterm Renault strategy is all about moving the whole company from volumes to value. The company wants to flood the market with huge amount of brand new Electric Vehicles and Light City Vehicles. To achieve that Renauls just signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with Plug Power.

This strategic JV will position Groupe Renault and Plug Power to become key players in Europe in the research and development (R&D), transformation, manufacturing and sale of fuel cell-powered vehicles and hydrogen turn-key solutions in the coming years. This joint-venture platform will serve the fast-growing market of fuel cell light commercial vehicles, taxis, and commercial people transportation.

Bringing complementary and competitive strengths together, this joint venture will build on Groupe Renault’s pioneering experience in new energies and strong position in electric light commercial vehicles and on Plug Power’s 20 years of experience in fuel cell technologies and hydrogen solutions. A global leader in hydrogen ecosystem solutions, Plug Power has deployed over 40,000 fuel cell systems, designed and built 110 refueling stations that dispense more than 40 tons of hydrogen daily, and is a technology leader in green hydrogen solutions via electrolysis.

Plug Power prides itself on being at the leading edge of innovation in the hydrogen fuel cell industry, which is why we are thrilled to partner with Groupe Renault to become a leader of market fuel cell heavy vans in Europe. We look forward to working with our new partners to combine our technology with their decades long experience leading the European automotive market,” added Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power.

Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault, declared: “This joint-venture project is fully aligned with our strategy to offer market ready H2 solutions for LCVs. With Plug Power, we will build a unique end-to-end fuel cell value chain and offer turnkey solutions for customers including vehicles, refueling stations and decarbonized hydrogen delivery. With this project, our ambition is to position France as a bridgehead of industrial, technical and commercial development in this key technology, and to strengthen our leadership in Europe as our objective is to become the European leader in fuel cell LCV”.

Source: Renault



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