MUNICH – Renault’s Mobilize mobility services unit will launch production versions of its specially designed vehicles in 2022, starting with the Limo, a mid-size electric sedan built in China for taxi and cab companies.
The limousine made its public debut this week at the Munich Motor Show, where it was on display alongside prototype versions of the Hippo, a “last mile” electric van; the Duo, an electric quadricycle for urban mobility which incorporates certain components of the Renault Twizy; and the Bento, a cargo version of the Duo.
Mobilize CEO Clotilde Delbos, who is also CFO and deputy managing director of the Renault group, said it made more sense to use a vehicle developed for the Chinese market, where midsize sedans remain popular, for transportation. in common and the taxi, rather than adapting a European model. from Renault or Dacia.
The Limousine was developed by Jingliang Motors Group, partner of Renault’s joint venture in China, where it is known as EZoom Yi.
“We have chosen this specific model and not a Renault because the customers of the carpooling services demand a sedan as the perfect vehicle for this type of use,” said Delbos. Automotive news Europe this week. “This architecture is still strong in China and Turkey, but more in Europe, where the market is oriented towards SUVs and crossovers.
A fleet of 40 Mobilize limousines will enter service at various ridesharing and taxi companies in the second half of 2022, Mobilize said in a statement.
Renault will offer a service package for the limousine that includes warranty, maintenance, insurance and recharging options. The financing will be managed by RCI Bank, the financial services arm of the automaker. Ridesharing services can arrange contracts based on mileage or duration, while occasional drivers can pay as they go, Renault said.
Mobilize vehicles will not be available to private buyers, says Renault. Jean-Christophe Labarre, head of strategy and partnerships at Mobilize, said in an interview that vehicles were the key to the unit’s success.
“They are really at the heart of Mobilize because these cars are needed to power mobility services,” he said. DONKEY.
CEO Luca de Meo said Mobilize would represent 20% of Renault group revenue by 2030. He created the unit in 2020 as part of his Renaulution plan to revive the losing automaker. money. The unit includes services as diverse as battery ‘second life’, recycling, transit, data and a range of partnerships.
Renault’s mobility services generated 11 million euros in revenue in the first half of 2021, according to the group’s financial documents.
The automaker hopes to use the limousine to capture a share of the European limousine market, which it says will grow from € 28 billion ($ 33 billion) today to € 50 billion in 2030.