Renault Group, Valeo and Valeo Siemens eAutomotive announce that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a strategic partnership for the design, co-development and manufacture in France of a new generation electric car engine, eliminating the use of rare earths.
The three partners will combine their recognized expertise to design a unique, unparalleled global electric propulsion system, delivering more power with less energy, without the use of rare metals.
In this partnership, each of the three partners will contribute to the development and production of the two key parts of the electric motor: the rotor and the stator.
Renault will develop and produce EESM rotor technology, a synchronous motor with electric excitation, designed without the use of rare metals, offering improved energy performance. In addition to providing components based on the best expertise of each company, the overall all-in-one engine architecture for the Renault Group will also be designed by Renault.
Valeo and Valeo Siemens eAutomotive will develop and produce the stator, which is based on Valeo’s technological expertise in assembling copper wires. Thanks to its unique expertise in this field, which allows it to use a higher density of copper in the stator, Valeo is able to generate more power without having to use more electricity.
A new page in the history of electrification
Renault Group, Valeo and Valeo Siemens eAutomotive will be the first to mass-produce a 200 kW electric motor without the use of rare metals, starting in 2027. The production of the engine for the car manufacturer’s own needs will be carried out at Cléon’s Renault Group plant in Normandy, France.
Luca de Meo, Chief Executive Officer of the Renault Group, commented: “We are delighted to work with Valeo, whose know-how is recognized worldwide. Together, we will design and develop a new generation of high-tech electric motors, produced at our factory in Cléon. This partnership is a further demonstration of our ability to be at the forefront of the electric revolution taking place in the car industry and to anchor the new car value chain in France. ”
Christophe Périllat, Valeo’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “This strategic partnership will result in a major step forward for electric mobility. Together with the Renault Group, we are creating a next-generation electric car engine that eliminates the use of rare earths. This new engine will meet the strictest environmental requirements and the highest standards of performance. ”
As pioneers of car electrification, Renault Group, Valeo and Valeo Siemens eAutomotive are turning a new page in the field of electric mobility technology.