ELECTRIFICATION PAST AND PRESENT
French engineer Gustave Trouvé presents his invention: the electric engine. Thirteen years later, Paul Pouchain manufactures the first hybrid car. The electric car is adopted by taxi fleets in Europe and the United States, internal combustion and electrified vehicles share the road. However, the innovation battle soon moves on as the faster, cheaper petrol car with its greater range begins to pull ahead of the electric car, to dominate completely in the 1920s.
THE 21 ST CENTURY.
New epoch, a changed scene: climatic stresses, green transition, massive urbanisation, higher oil prices etc. In this context, we have to re-imagine mobility. A cleaner,
more efficient, more sustainable mobility: the electrification of the automotive industry is becoming an unavoidable challenge. Groupe Renault is really quick to understand this and, as a true pioneer of the electric vehicle, picks up the gauntlet in 2009 and unveils the first ZOE in 2012. The Twizy, Kangoo Z.E. and, more recently the Master Z.E. join the most comprehensive electric range on the market.
We are intensifying our electric transition with the creation of a range of hybrid vehicles: the Clio E-TECH and New Captur E-TECH Plug-in make their entrance. Both are electric/IC-powered and equipped with technologies developed by Renault and the Alliance, and by our Formula 1 engineers.