Renault Group and supplier Minth Group have signed a memorandum of understanding for a joint venture for the production of battery cases, based in France.
The joint venture will locate it at the Ruitz plant in Renault ElectriCity and supply the ElectriCity plants in Douai and Maubeuge.
The battery housing, a set of extruded aluminum parts assembled by friction welding that houses the battery modules, is an important part of the electric vehicle and contributes to the durability and safety of the vehicle. The JV will install two new production lines in Ruitz in 2023 with a capacity of 300,000 battery cases per year by 2025, for electric models, including the future R5.
This joint venture will draw on Renault Group’s pioneering experience in electric vehicle production, the technical skills of Ruitz’s teams and its knowledge of the ecosystem in France, as well as Minth Group’s recognized know-how in battery housings.
This joint venture will support the strong growth of the electric vehicle market and the development of the Renault ElectriCity industrial cluster, which aims to reach an annual production of 480,000 electric vehicles from factories in the north of France by 2025.
Jose-Vicente de los Mozos, EVP Industry, Renault Group said: “This new strategic partnership with Minth Group, along with our partnership with Envision AESC to set up a gigafactory in Douai to produce cost-competitive, low-carbon batteries, enables Renault Group able to position itself as a leading player in the entire value chain of electric vehicles.By integrating this new high-tech battery housing activity in Ruitz, this joint venture fits perfectly into the group’s strategy to create a best-in-class create an in-class ecosystem as close as possible to our production sites.”