Renault, Valeo and Valeo Siemens eAutomotive will cooperate in order to develop and manufacture an electric motor without rare earths. The three players have signed a MoU with the aim of designing a unique electric powertrain system that may eliminate the need to depend on rare earths. 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.
This strategic partnership will result in a major step forward for electric mobility. Alongside Renault Group, we are creating a new-generation automotive electric motor that eliminates the use of rare earthsChristophe Périllat, Valeo CEO
The electric motor without rare earths
Mass production of the new generation electric motor is expected, according to the official communications, in 2027. The production site will be Renault Group‘s Cléon plant in Normandy, France. Apparently, Renault will develop and produce the EESM (electrically excited synchronous motor) rotor technology, offering enhanced energy performance. In addition to the supply of components based on each company’s best expertise, the overall architecture of the all-in-one motor for Renault Group will also be designed by Renault.
On the other hand, Valeo (here’s a post about the recent all-French alliance with Navya) and Valeo Siemens eAutomotive will develop and produce the stator, which is based on Valeo’s technological expertise in copper wire assembly. The project is based on the use of a higher density of copper in the stator. This will allow Valeo to generate more power without having to use more electrical energy.
Statements from Renault and Valeo
«We are delighted to be partnering with Valeo, whose know-how is recognized the world over. Together, we will design and develop a new generation of high-tech electric motors, produced at our Cléon plant. This partnership is further demonstration of our capacity to be at the forefront of the electric revolution taking place in the automotive industry and to anchor the new automotive value chain in France», commented Luca de Meo, Renault Group’s Chief Executive Officer.
Christophe Périllat, Valeo’s Chief Executive Officer, added: «This strategic partnership will result in a major step forward for electric mobility. Alongside Renault Group, we are creating a new-generation automotive electric motor that eliminates the use of rare earths. This new motor will meet the most stringent environmental requirements and the highest performance standards».