Renault and Arval Collaborate on 2011 Electric Car

Renault tries eveything possible to be sure that its future electric car will be a market hit and forms new joint ventures every once in a while with various companies or organizations around the world. As part of the zero emission mobility program, Renault today announced a new partnership with Arval, a BNP Paribas subsidiary, which will work together with the Renault-Nissan alliance on its electric alliance scheduled for 2011.

How exactly they will work together, nobody knows for sure, as the two companies avoided providing specific details on the matter but only PR stuff that talks about how great the joint venture will be.

“Electric vehicles have characteristics that meet companies’ specific requirements in terms of running costs and respect for the environment. We are convinced that our partnership with Arval will enable us to take the real ecological and economic leap that we are aiming for with our Renault eco² signature,"
Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Director of Renault’s Corporate Sales Division, said.

“Arval has been interested in alternative solutions to “all petrol” for a long time. The determination with which Renault, a leading volume car manufacturer, is working on this, considerably improves the likelihood of seeing electric vehicles as a credible alternative to the traditional petrol engine," Laurent Tréca, Chairman and CEO of Arval, added.

As for the electric car prepared by Renault, there are no details at this time except for the appearance which is going to be "noticeable" as described by Christian Steyer, Renault’s development chief for C-segment vehicles.

“We want a real signature for our electric range, so when people see one in the street they will know it is a Renault electric car,” he said. “The key is to do this without frightening customers away. Customers must be tempted, and not rushed too fast."

“Maybe there is room for something very radical to rewrite the design rules that can be found from electric. So far we don’t find it, though. But it is certainly possible in the future thanks to the changes and possibilities of battery technology.”
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