Motor Industry Update 28 January 2021

Clean energy Renault Photo credit: Renault

A new era for Renault

Renault is bringing modernity to the European automotive industry as it moves into a new era evolving into a tech, service and clean energy company. The company is planning to launch 14 core vehicles by 2025, even of them fully electric and seven in the C and D segment, with all new models being having an electric or hybrid version.

The company continues its transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy through electrified and hydrogen solutions, offering the greenest mix of vehicles in Europe by 2025. On the technology side, Renault will take advantage of the “Software République”, an open ecosystem dedicated to software, data, cybersecurity and microelectronics. This will give the Renault line-up enhanced connected services.

Renault is currently the leader in the European EV market with over 10 years of in-depth experience in electric mobility, services and they have sold over 300,000 vehicles in this time.

The company has also invented E-TECH, a hybrid technology including more than 150 patents and drawing on the brand’s electrical and F1 experience, while the Software Factory, which is home to more than 1,000 engineers specialising in software, data and cloud services, will soon to be joined by a number of others.

Møbilize dedicated to mobility and energy services

Groupe Renault has launched Mobilize, an all-new business venture targeting customers who want to adopt more sustainable, shared forms of mobility. The plan is to address changing customer needs and promote sustainable energy use, in line with Groupe Renault’s target of being carbon neutral.

Mobilize is looking beyond the traditional use of cars, offering new ways of transporting people and goods, either with or without a car. With greater emphasis on sustainability and clean energy, the expectations of customers are changing, placing far greater emphasis on sustainability and clean energy.

CEO, Mobilize Brand, Clotilde Delbos, says:

“We are very excited to embrace the disruption of the automotive world shifting from ownership to usage, whenever and wherever you need it. Beyond automotive, Mobilize will offer a wide array of innovative services in the mobility, energy and data fields. With a variety of partners, our goal is to maximize car usage with simplified, more sustainable and accessible mobility journeys for people and goods, while reducing the environmental impact.”

Mobilize App

Photo credit: Mobilize

Nissan’s UK manufacturing move a boost for UK industry

Following the news that Nissan is to commit to manufacturing electrified vehicles at Sunderland and source more batteries here in the UK, GlobalData’s David Leggett, commented on the news:

“The Nissan news will boost confidence in the UK’s automotive sector. Nissan’s Sunderland plant is the UK’s largest with most of its output sold in the EU market. By sourcing more batteries in Britain it can better meet post-Brexit rules-of-origin requirements applying to EU shipments and therefore avoid the possibility of attracting 10% tariffs.

“As the auto industry shifts towards a more electrified future – highlighted by the UK government’s intention to ban the sale of combustion engine cars from 2030 – attracting investment in electrified technologies and electric vehicle manufacturing is going to be increasingly important.

“Brexit and associated supply chain issues are far from fully resolved for many companies in the sector, but commitment from a major manufacturer to invest in the UK will lift confidence in the future for the UK’s automotive industry.”

Britishvolt enters technology collaboration with Siemens UK

Britishvolt, Britain’s most prominent investor in battery technologies, has recently announced that it has entered into an exclusive technology collaboration agreement with Siemens which will see Siemens provide Britishvolt with access to its automation, electrification solutions and Digital Twin manufacturing execution technology.

This should speed up delivery times, allowing Britishvolt to stay on track to deliver the first lithium-ion batteries at the end of 2023 while providing Britishvolt with Siemens’ latest design and simulation development tools, which should speed up the time it takes for state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery cells to go from laboratory to scalable production.

Pioneering mobility app puts motorists in the driving seat

myAutomate app

Photo credit: myAutomate

The new driving app, myAutomate, which can be downloaded free on the App Store and Google Play, is revolutionising the way drivers think about their vehicle and how they use it, providing a complete solution that takes the hassle and complexity out of the day-to-day owning, driving and looking after a car.

Drivers have access to a world of information literally at their fingertips, beginning with smart fuel pricing, where drivers can view the best fuel price closest to them. Prices are listed in order of distance, allowing the user to decide if the best price is the one closest to them or further away.

The app’s enhanced functionality caters for the growing number of electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid drivers and lists more than 12,000 available charging sites around the UK, with over 31,000 connectors for owners to locate within the app, with more being added every day.

Andrew Watson, who is Co-founder and Managing Director of myAutomate, said:

“With all of this information available in one easy-to-use app, more and more drivers are feeling empowered to make informed decisions that make their journeys quicker, less expensive and more environmentally friendly.

“myAutomate is the motorist’s daily companion when it comes to saving money and time and bringing a new level of convenience to everyday driving. Whether your vehicle is for private or business use, it’s an incredibly intuitive and easily accessible way to reduce the costs associated with owning and running a car or van.”

To find out more about myAutomate, please visit