At its Capital Market Day, the Renault Group unveiled the third phase of its company-wide Renaulution plan, which now includes the establishment of Ampere – a new sub brand that will host the OEM’s EV and software activities. The brand has been described as a manufacturer in its own right, and will sit alongside the likes of Alpine, Dacia, and Mobilize in Renault’s brand portfolio.
Through Ampere, Renault is ultimately looking to build an EV and software pure player born from OEM disruption. Based in France it will develop, manufacture, and sell electric passenger vehicles with proprietary software-defined vehicle technology. To support the brand’s growth, Renault is looking to build a 10,000 strong workforce with 3,500 engineers – half of which will specialize in vehicle software.
Similar targets are already being set for production, where Ampere is aiming to launch 6 EVs for Renault before 2030. Four of these models (targeting the B and C vehicle segments) have already been revealed or previewed – the Renault 5 Electric, Renault 4 Electric, Megane E-Tech Electric, and Scénic Electric concept. In addition to making large investments into these vehicles, Renault confirmed that they would be joined by two more vehicles that have yet to be announced. Another key production milestone follows in 2031, the year when Ampere expects to produce one million EVs. In achieving this target, the Renault Group is looking to utilize its ElectriCity production hub in Northern France, which itself is targeting a production capacity of 400,000 units at launch with plans to scale up to one million in the future.
The Group has highlighted ElectriCity as one of three technology backbones that it hopes will differentiate Ampere from similar companies. The second being a European EV value chain built through a network of partners. With these partners, Ampere will seek to develop knowledge and secure sustainable supply, while gaining visibility and control over costs and performance. This supply chain will also aid the brand’s production plans, helping it secure more than 80 GWh needed to produce its EVs ahead of the 2030 target.
Software-defined vehicle technology serves as both the third backbone and a major focus of Ampere’s operations. Here, the brand will source and develop a variety of technologies for its vehicles – including OTA update capabilities, machine-learning systems, and connected features and services that work to support the vehicle lifecycle. These technologies will partly come from collaborations with Qualcomm Technologies and Google.
With Qualcomm, Ampere will co-develop high-performance computing platforms based on Snapdragon Digital Chassis solutions for the Centralized Electronic Architecture – facilitating the inclusion of SoC and low layers software, as well as advanced features, services, and applications. In extending the scope of this partnership, Qualcomm intends to become an investor in Ampere. Google and Renault will collaborate on an Android-based platform for its software-defined vehicles, while the tech giant will supply the cloud software necessary to develop a SDV digital twin. Google will similarly lend Ampere a variety of services for use in its vehicles, supporting the user experience and accelerating the development of features across the vehicle’s lifetime. Both partnerships will allow the Renault Group to reduce spending while enhancing the efficiency, flexibility, and speed of vehicle production.
The first software-defined vehicle from the Renault Group, launched under Ampere, is expected to arrive in 2026. Ahead of this launch, the Group confirmed plans to float Ampere on the Paris stock exchange in the second half of 2023 – seeking investment through an IPO while holding the majority of its shares.