Renault could manufacture in Valladolid (Spain) a second electric car and lithium ion batteries

Patrick Pelata, CEO of Renault, ensured the continuity of the activity in Spanish factories, at least seven years, in view of improving competitiveness. Pelata discussed yesterday with President of the Junta de Castilla y León, Juan Vicente Herrera, business plan development.

The Valladolid factory could produce a second model of electric vehicle if successful electric car that will produce next year. There is also the probability that in Valladolid build a plant for the assembly of the lithium ion batteries that equip these electric vehicles.

In October Renault announced that it would extend the life of its two plants in Valladolid, located some 150 kilometres northwest of Madrid, with the production of a small electric car in 2011, an ecological motor in 2012, and a traditional vehicle from 2013.

Renault already produces Megane Hatchback, Megane Estate, Modus and Grand Modus models exclusively in Spain.

The company employs around 10,000 people in Spain, Europe’s third-largest automaker, mostly at its four factories in the country.

It has an assembly plant and a motor factory in Valladolid, a factory in the nearby town of Palencia and a fourth factory in the southern city of Seville.

"The future is assured until 2016-2017," said the manager of Renault. The implementation of business plan to start next year 2011 with production of 20,000 units of Twizy, an electric car in three versions: the first does not require driving and top speed is limited to 50 kilometers per hour, the second is to achieve 120 km/h, and a third specialized in electric urban delivery vehicles. Pelata announced that several companies were interested in this electric car, including the Post Office.

Likewise, the Renault executive stressed the importance of creating an industrial center on the electric car and renewable energy. The 500 million euro investment will allow the activity of factories in Valladolid, Seville and Palencia in Spain.