Lifted this from a French magazine that deals with what it calls 'clean' cars


Renault wants to keep the combustion engine alive until 2040

Renault does not seem to be ready to accept the European proposal to ban combustion engines. The French group would like to extend their lifespan by five years.

Two months ago, the European Commission proposed to ban combustion engines from 2035. Manufacturers have reacted more or less well to this decision, depending on their technological advances and their preferred market.

We knew that Renault and the French industry were hoping that the deadline would be 2040, and this has now been confirmed. Gilles Leborgne, Renault's executive vice president of engineering, revealed that he wants to extend the life of hybrid engines.

"We are going to fight for the hybrid to live past 2034 and 2035," he explained at the IAA in Munich. "Currently, we have a complete ban on internal combustion engines at that time (2035 ed.). We think that's not the right approach, and we're going to fight to propose a softer way of doing things. I would say we would like to have a share of hybrid cars until 2040."

Dacia's situation obviously worries Gilles Leborgne, since the low-cost specialist is lagging behind. If the development of electric vehicles is to be accelerated, it is the company that will be behind, and will therefore have to change its model.

"It depends on the brands, Renault will be 90% electric in 2030, and Alpine 100%. But for Dacia, we are talking about an electric proportion of around 10%. Our strategy is simple, we build Dacia only on the CMF-B platform. We can transfer Renault's technologies to Dacia without any problem. We are already doing it, look at the Sandero. But for cost reasons, we will wait until it is absolutely necessary to do it. For Dacia, it will be a smooth transition. We will keep the combustion and gas engines, then we will move to light hybridization, then to hybrid, and finally to electric."

The CMF-B platform is that of the current Renault Clio. If the French group were to base its future Dacias on more modern platforms, the costs involved would be substantial. And with them, the selling price of Romanian cars would increase drastically.

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