The company envisions a “software-driven car” by 2026, utilizing a universal software package for various electric car models with centralized architecture.This allows for over-the-air updates and customer retention for servicing. The result is anticipated to be a 40% cost reduction in production costs by 2027-28 for the successor models to its Megane E-Tech and Scenic E-Tech.
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Renault also plans a small car priced under 20,000 euros, recognizing the expected reduction in cost differences between all-electric and traditional models as battery technology improves. CEO Luca de Meo emphasized the collaboration of technology and automotive engineers in Ampere, creating a synergy of both fields. He noted that Ampere would facilitate more independent decision-making, crucial in adapting to rapidly changing technology.
Renault is open to an initial public offering for Ampere, hived off on Nov. 1, while retaining a majority stake. The company projects Ampere to generate 10 billion euros annually with four vehicles, reaching 25 billion euros in 2031 with seven vehicles.