French carmaker Renault and Verkor, a European expert for low-carbon batteries, have entered a long-term commercial partnership for the supply of batteries for electric vehicles. Verkor will supply Renault with the equivalent of 12 GWh of batteries each year. The batteries will be used in the upper segments of Renault brands.
The batteries to be supplied will be produced in France at the future Verkor Gigafactory in Dunkirk. The first vehicle to be powered by the Verkor batteries in context of this agreement will be Renault’s future Alpine C-Crossover GT, manufactured in Dieppe, France, from 2025.
According to a Renault release, the announcement marks an important step in Verkor’s development, and consolidates the strategic partnership started with Renault acquisition of a stake in Verkor in June 2021. Since then, Renault and Verkor have approved the technical quality of the product, its economic competitiveness, and its industrialization process, from the Verkor Innovation Centre in Grenoble (VIC) to the construction of the Dunkirk Gigafactory, which will be operational in 2025.
François Provost, Renault Chief Purchasing, Partnerships, and Public Affairs Officer: “Renault confirms its confidence in Verkor and its innovative, high-performance, low-carbon technology. This commercial partnership allows us to secure a long-term supply of batteries and to ensure a reinforced traceability of the elements which compose them. It is in line with the ambition of the and its future entity Ampere dedicated to electric vehicles and software, to control the entire electric value chain. Renault is thus continuing to develop in France, at the heart of Europe, a robust electrical ecosystem of technology centres, vehicle, engine, and battery factories.”