Renault Group invests €300 million in Flexis SAS electric van production with Volvo Group

  • Renault Group invests €300M in electric van venture with Volvo Group and CMA CGM.
  • Sandouville plant to produce electric LCVs for Flexis SAS.
  • Plant undergoes sustainability overhaul for net zero emissions by 2030.

Renault Group invests €300 million in joint electric van venture, with sustainable verhauls underway in Sandouville plant

Renault Group’s Sandouville plant in Normandy is poised to become a pivotal player in France’s automotive industry. It’s gearing up to produce a groundbreaking generation of electric Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) for Flexis SAS, a new joint venture formed with Volvo Group and CMA CGM.

Scheduled for rollout starting in 2026, the plant will spearhead the manufacturing of a new line of all-electric vans. These vans will boast an advanced connected electronic platform. This move propels France’s positioning as a hub for emobility.

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In tandem with this ambitious undertaking, a huge recruitment drive has been unveiled. Plans include hiring 550 new employees over the next four years. This human resource investment aligns with a financial commitment of €300 million by 2026. 

Sandouville’s selection as the production site for these innovative EVs reflects its entrenched expertise in LCV manufacturing. Over the past decade, the plant has produced over a million Trafic vehicles, cementing its status as a linchpin of Renault’s industrial network in France.

To complete the projects holistic sustainability, Sandouville is getting a makeover.

The digital overhaul is leveraging tools like the Sandouville Plant Connect to streamline operations and minimise environmental impact. Sandouville is implementing various initiatives to hit its target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030. These include optimising its manufacturing processes and harnessing renewable energy sources such as 40 hectares of photovoltaic panels.

As Sandouville embarks on this journey toward electrification and sustainability, it marks a stride forward in France’s automotive landscape. Moreover, it cements the legitimacy and positioning of the new Flexis SAS venture as a serious new player in the electric van game. 

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