Renault will face Tesla in 2026 with a new car model made by Google and Qualcomm. Keep reading and find out in more detail!
THE Renault understands and appreciates the threat posed by Tesla and has announced that it is working on a new software architecture that will be on par with the current leader in electric vehicles.
During a recent presentation in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, Renault revealed that its Ampere EV unit will use a new "software defined vehicle" design developed in partnership with Google and Qualcomm.
This new architecture will operate with only 20 processors, compared to the 100 that Renault currently uses. Additionally, the architecture will allow for over-the-air software updates.
“This is similar with Tesla, in 2026 they will have the same approach, they will have the same EV architecture approach,” said Renault digital director Frédéric Vincent.
Renault added that the new software architecture will help avoid research and development expenses of €1.5 billion (US$ 1.65 billion) over a decade. It will also benefit owners by improving resale value thanks to consistently updated driving and infotainment features.
Renault's engineering chief Gilles Le Borgne added that the company's software architecture will be Tesla-level by 2026, reports Reuters.
In the short term, the brand's chief executive, Luca de Meo, noted that the recent price cuts introduced by Tesla are "a challenge in the short term", but both he and La Borgne said Renault will not get into a price war. prices.
“We don't want to do what we've done in the past, we want to sell our cars, we don't want to donate our cars,” said La Borgne.
THE Renault plans to spin off its electric vehicle unit Ampere before the end of this year and believes it could have a market capitalization of around €10bn (US$ 11bn). The spinoff is part of a dramatic reorganization within the company that includes establishing a joint venture with Geely in internal combustion vehicles. The Alpine brand will also become an electric vehicle manufacturer.