Renault is one of the pillars of the electric car market around the world. Long a pioneer in this sector through its ally Nissan and the spawning of the Leaf and Zoe, Renault is now embarking on another part of the development of EVs. Renault now intends to recycle electric cars, as well as their batteries. To do this, the giant in Losange intends to transform one of its last factories based in France. We come back to the important facts on this subject.
The electric car is green, but pollutes just as much
In a recent report from the Swiss TV channel Arte, we are told that although it is greener, the electric car pollutes almost as much as a thermal.
Porsche’s electric charging park – Photo credits: Porsche
Already due to the use in its design of quite rare materials, called rare metals. The extraction of these rare metals produces a significant amount of greenhouse gases.
And the very process of assembling these ZEs is just as energy intensive. Not to mention that once on the road and they will need to be recharged, it is usually with fossil sources that the energy used to recharge these cars is produced.
A BMW i3, electric car – Photo credits: Wikimedia Commons
As a result, ZEs would not be as green as you think. However, Renault intends to turn the tide by offering the possibility of finally recycling electric cars and their batteries.
The Flins factory transformed
Soon to be rebranded as a Re-Factory, the Flins plant will be devoted to the refurbishment of the brand’s vehicles at Losange in France. Thus, thanks to this initiative, which in the process will save Renault 2 billion euros, allows it to build from scratch the circuit of reconditioned electric cars.
Enough to make smile those who could not afford a ZEs.