What is Renault’s definition of innovation?
Béatrice Foucher: Renault’s signature conceptis thatinnovation is not necessarily a technology race. To us, innovating means better meeting our customers’ expectations, offering them solutions that make a break but fit their budget. These proposals may differ from one region to another (Europe, Brazil, China…). Renault’s three fields of innovation are: the reduction of the automotive sector’s environmental impact, innovation made accessible to all and greater mobility comfort.
How does innovation impact Renault’s businesses?
Béatrice Foucher: Renault currently sells over 2,7 million cars. In 2014, only 18 000 of these cars were electric. Although that number is still low, it is highly important to us. Beyond the societal revolution it embodies, Renault’s electric vehicles’ program can be seen as a start-up within a large company. This program demands that we think differently and invent new customer relations, whereas with individuals or fleets. We believe that tomorrow’s biggest challenge lies in global environmental impact and energy management. This is the reason why we work jointly with GDF SUEZ. We aim at reducing consumption, enhancing vehicles’ purchase and resale costs, working on health and environmental issues and, finally, guiding the recycling process of end-of-life vehicles. We are also working on universal charging solutions and new battery technologies, extending range and reducing charging times and costs.
How does innovation transform daily lives in the automotive mobility sector?
Béatrice Foucher: One observes today that the purchasing power of young adults has been decreasing due to the increased share allotted to housing in their budget. Also some expensive items are now essential (telephony) while cars have become optional. This trend fosters the emergence of new services such as car sharing, Autolib’ (self-service car rental) in Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux. Today, this innovative system mainly uses electric vehicles -as cars recharge while unused, there is no user constraint. The visual presence of electric vehicles strengthens collective consciousness that more attention should be paid to health and environment. Within this energy-transition context, Renault needs GDF SUEZ’ vision and know-how.
© Renault Marketing 3D−Commerce
The future of heat pumps
By providing low and medium-temperature heat for industrial uses, innovative heat pumps will help to meet the targets imposed by the energy transition.I'm interested
New Technologies Let More Live The Off-The-Grid Life
While we tend to think of sustainability in terms of systems, communities and the planet, there is much to learn from the growing examples of individuals turning their homes into self-sufficient eco-spaces. Indeed, innovation is largely what has allowed them to disconnect.I'm interested
Solar Panels And The Importance of Aesthetics
Solar panels are one of the most visible signs of the energy transition. As their presence grows across our rooftops, highways, farmland and other surfaces, it’s important that they blend in with or enhance the aesthetics of their surroundings.I'm interested
Sign up for the ENGIE Innovation Newsletter