LIVE – Paris Motor Show: “We will continue to support the automotive industry with total determination” says Bruno Le Maire

Bruno Le Maire: “We expect producers to move to France”

While Stellantis has just announced six new electric vehicles in France, Bruno Le Maire encourages French manufacturers to continue moving to France.

With the effort in the form of industrial competitiveness, a small vehicle like the Peugeot 208 must “again be produced in France”, the minister presents.

This model is currently produced in Slovakia (thermal and electric versions).

The government expects 2 million electric cars to be produced in France “in the coming years” (about four times more than currently), recalls Bruno Le Maire.

Bruno Le Maire welcomes the efforts of French industrialists

The Minister of Economy speaks at the Automotive Summit. Bruno Le Maire welcomes the success of the government’s policy, where for the first time in years “more jobs have been created than jobs destroyed in the car industry”.

Bruno Le Maire, at the Automotive Summit. © JB

“We will continue to support the automotive industry with total determination, continues the minister. Carlos Tavares (Stellantis) and Luca de Meo (Renault) have taken the electric revolution head on.”

“We make the best vehicles in the world and we can be proud of it”, affirms the minister, who applauds “the French manufacturers”

Fully autonomous driving: a communication error for Christophe Périllat

“I think the industry made a mistake in communicating about total autonomy in the coming years”, confirms Christophe Périllat with the examples of robot axes and other 100% autonomous cars promised in the early 2020s.

First step: very advanced driving aids, especially with level 3 autonomy (allowing you to take your hands off the wheel) thanks to the Lidar marketed by Valeo.

Such equipment soon generalized?

Christophe Périllat recalls that in 1997 Valeo unveiled the sonar (beep-beep in reverse) on the BMW 7 Series and that no one imagined that this would be found on everyone’s car.

“China is the world’s largest car market and the first in electricity”

“China is the world’s leading car market, with every third car sold worldwide, and by 2022, 17% of these sales will be electric”, recalls Christophe Périllat.

China has built a successful car industry on electric cars and is now targeting Europe:

“We need economies of scale to be able to compete with Chinese manufacturers”, recalling Renault’s electricity project in northern France.

Christophe Périllat (Valeo) wants to focus on the “4Rs”

For Christophe Périllat, we must develop products that now focus on the “4Rs”:

  • Robust design, built to last
  • “Remanufacturing” or the circular economy, which makes it possible to produce something new from something old (via e.g. renovation and use of new or used spare parts)
  • Repairability: the ability of a part or product to be refurbished
  • Recyclability: the ability of the product to be recycled to save resources
The 4 Rs from Christophe Périllat, CEO of Valeo
The 4 Rs from Christophe Périllat, head of Valeo © JB

The planet in turbulence

“If you liked 2020, 2021 and 2022, you’re going to love the next 10 years: there will be much more turbulence and crises!”, says Christophe Périllat.

For the head of Valeo, the electric transition will especially contribute to the galloping inflation of the coming years. “Turbulence” which is linked to the transformation to be carried out, but which his company is ready for, with investments in electricity for more than 10 years.

“A transformation is very difficult”, for Christophe Perillat, head of Valeo

“Yes, this transformation is very difficult, but we must not remember why we are implementing it,” says Christophe Périllat, head of French car supplier Valeo.

Christophe Périllat, head of Valeo, at the Automotive Summit.
Christophe Périllat, head of Valeo, at the Automotive Summit. © JB

“18% of global CO2 emissions are caused by the car, we must act to keep below 1.5° of global warming”, he continues.

If the energy transition is often presented as an opportunity for the car industry, this is not really Christophe Périllat’s opinion:

“It’s not in Valeo’s interest, it’s in the planet’s interest.”

Future R5 and 4L made in France? “I was taken for a madman!”

Luca de Meo says that when he wanted to find the production of Renault’s new electric cars, the future R5 and 4L, which will be assembled in Douai and Maubeuge, his teams reacted quite strongly: “I was taken for a fool!”, he jokes. person in charge.

He highlights the interest in concentrating the ecosystem around the electric car in Northern France with electricity to lower costs.

“We want to put France back at the center of Renault’s strategy,” says Luca de Meo with high expectations at stake:

“We will double production in France with the decisions we have made.”

Production of the R5 was due to start in 2024, the following year for the 4L.

How will the challenge be met with the available electric car?

“When you have new technology, the prices are always higher. We have been working for more than a hundred years to bring down the price of thermal cars”, emphasizes Luca de Meo.

He continues: “Electric cars still have two advantages: a lower operating cost and a lower maintenance cost”

Luca de Meo, Renault boss, speaks

For the head of Renault, the electric revolution is also a mobility revolution. He highlights the group’s new subsidiary, Mobilize, which is presenting its “Duo” model at the World Cup, which is especially intended for car sharing.

“It can carry two people with a price that is 30% lower than a conventional vehicle”

Luca de Meo, Renault boss, at the Automotive Summit
Luca de Meo, head of Renault, at the Automotive Summit © JB

Luc Chatel, President of the PFA, launches the Automotive Summit

For Luc Chatel, president of the PFA, “the electric transition brings two main challenges: to keep the car accessible to everyone, not to make it a luxury product, and to maintain our manufacturing sovereignty in Europe”.

Luc Chatel, Chairman of the PFA.
Luc Chatel, Chairman of the PFA. © JB

Electric transition: no “social harm” according to Renault

In the factories of the car manufacturers, the electrical transition will require the reorganization of current trades. Workers today work on technologies that will no longer exist tomorrow, such as heat engines or injectors.

“As far as France is concerned, I think we have prepared this transition well. We have been working on it for two years,” Renault CEO Luca de Meo told BFM Business.

The manager, referring to “decisions” made by the manufacturer, assured that there will be “absolutely no problem” on the “French perimeter”. In particular, he mentioned the conversion of the Cléon site in Normandy, which had manufactured heat engines since the 1950s and will now be devoted to electric engines.

“We are well placed to avoid social damage” in France, he said.

Also abroad, “where all the combustion activity will be”, added Luca de Meo. “We must not forget that in the best and most optimistic forecasts, the electric [fera] 40% of the total, which means that 60% will be thermal”.

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How to produce electric cars in France at an affordable price?

As raw material and energy costs explode, manufacturers face a difficult equation to produce electric cars in France. “This applies to any and all countries at the moment”, especially “in Europe”, noted the General Manager of Renault, Luca de Meo, who on Tuesday morning answered questions from BFM Business.

The executive, who nevertheless hopes that this is only a “cyclical effect”, assured that Renault’s aim was to make the electric car an “accessible car”.

Referring to Electricity, Renault’s industrial center in northern France, where electric cars will be manufactured, Luca de Meo confirmed that there was “already seeing a level of competitiveness comparable to that in Eastern Europe”. “We had taken the bet two years ago to make a small electric car in France. It didn’t win, but I think we’ll get there”.

Luca De Meo, Carlos Tavares, Bruno Le Maire at the Paris World Cup this Tuesday

This Tuesday morning is the Paris Automotive Summit, a series of keynotes led by the big bosses in the sector.

After the opening of the summit by Luc Chatel, President of the Platform of the Automobile Industry (PFA), Luca De Meo General Manager of Renault, Bruno Le Maire Minister of Economy or Carlos Tavares CEO of Stellantis will follow each other on stage.

Olivier Lombard, founder of Hopium, but also Wang Chuanfu, president of BYD, will also be present.

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