When we visited the Renault Trucks manufacturing plant in Blainville-sur-Orne, in March, we couldn’t imagine such a milestone would come so early. Although our conversation with François Savoye, Vice President Electromobility Solutions Offer at Renault Trucks made us aware about the ambitious plans shared by the French manufacturer about zero-emission trucks.
Renault Trucks plant in Blainville, Normandy
Indeed, Renault Trucks started series production of electric vehicles in Blainville (Normandy) in 2020. We’re talking about trucks with 16, 19 or 26 ton GVW sold all over Europe. In operation since 1956, the plant in Blainville-sur-Orne specializes in the manufacturing of medium-duty vehicles (Renault Trucks and Volvo Trucks) and truck cabs (also addressed to other OEMs). To ensure the production of battery-electric trucks, various arrangements have been made within the Normandy industrial site, including a 1,800 sqm-building entirely dedicated to final assembly.
Ever since March 2020, the date of the start of serial production of Renault Trucks electric models, the demand for electric mobility has been growing. Now, the plant is getting ready to meet the expected volume ramp-up as more and more customers choose to implement CO2-free transportation. Today, accorrding to Renault Trucks, half of the electric trucks sold in Europe are produced in the manufacturing plant in Blainville-sur-Orne.