Batteries Image Credit: Renault

Published on May 31st, 2014 | by James Ayre


LG & Renault Teaming Up To Develop Long-Range EV Battery Technology

May 31st, 2014 by  

Renault and LG Chem recently signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the two develop long-range EV battery technology.

Image Credit: Renault

Image Credit: Renault

While information is sparse, the deal is no doubt intended — at least partially — to help Renault overcome the relatively limited ranges that its EVs currently possess (typically under 100 miles). One of the knocks on Renault’s affordable EVs have been the ranges — so it is very possible that increased ranges could mean notably increased sales for the French company, something that would be nice for the company considering that it recently had to delay the launch of its Twingo EV due to lower demand than was expected.

In related news, the Renault Zoe recently (finally) hit the Norwegian market. Given the great possibilities for EV sales inherent in the Norwegian market, the launch has been a long time coming.

It’ll be interesting to see how sales of the Zoe stack up against those of more established players in that market, like Nissan and Tesla. 
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  • JamesWimberley

    Renault and Nissan aren’t competitors. Nissan is a Renault subsidiary and brand. Keeping the brand identity was presumably a condition of the acquisition, or a sensible strategic marketing decision, as with SEAT, Skoda, Opel, Vauxhall, Audi, Bentley. and others. The short-term logic would probably be to define Nissan as the ev brand, the budget alternative to Tesla – but then in the long run Nissan would eclipse the Renault name, which would cause problems in France.

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