Renault will flip its Alpine efficiency model right into a devoted electric-vehicle model, the automaker mentioned Thursday.
Like fellow members of the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, Renault is within the midst of a significant restructuring. The restructuring is being overseen by new CEO Luca de Meo, and a part of will probably be a reboot of Alpine.
Alpine was revived a couple of years again with the launch of the A110, a light-weight, mid-engine sports activities automobile. It’s Alpine’s sole providing, and its manufacturing numbers lower than 5,000 models per 12 months.
Beneath the brand new plan, Alpine will leverage platforms from the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, together with probably the brand new CMF-EV modular platform that debuts later this 12 months within the Nissan Ariya electrical SUV. The plan can even see Alpine collectively develop an electrical sports activities automobile with Lotus, which can be headed down the EV route.
Alpine A110 manufacturing in Dieppe, France
The transfer towards EVs will probably allow Alpine to draw prospects in China the place Renault plans to cease promoting automobiles geared up with internal-combustion engines. Sadly, it is not doubtless to assist the case for a U.S. launch, so do not anticipate to see Alpine launched right here anytime quickly.
As a part of the reboot, Alpine can even give attention to motorsport, particularly Components One although there can even be a presence within the World Endurance Championship, and presumably Components E sooner or later. The Renault F1 crew has already been rebranded Alpine for the 2021 season, and has signed double F1 world champion Fernando Alonso as a driver.
If all goes to plan, Alpine is predicted to be worthwhile in 2025.
Renault’s new CEO might be simply the suitable particular person for the job. He was beforehand in control of Volkswagen Group’s Spanish model, SEAT, the place he efficiently turned the Cupra efficiency sub-brand right into a standalone model that plans to supply EVs. Maybe he’ll have the ability to repeat that success with Alpine.