Automobiles: three factories in northern France go electric

Automobiles: three factories in northern France go electric

Three Renault manufacturer sites located in Nord-Pas-de-Calais will produce electric cars. Management promises the creation of 700 jobs by 2024. A boon for the region.

Automobiles: three factories in northern France go electric

“Electricity”. This is the name of the Renault manufacturer’s project bringing together three factories in Maubeuge, Douai and Ruitz (Pas-de-Calais), which will now produce electric cars. The opportunity for the automotive giant to relaunch these three sites which were operating at idle because of the decline in car sales. It is vital for us, assures a trade unionist. If we don’t change, we die“. This is where the future R5 should be produced.

A new lease of life for the region

Renault management promises 700 hires by 2024 on the 3 sites, and 1,000 other potentials in a battery plant that could be created in Douai (Pas-de-Calais). The inhabitants welcome this new project with relief and joy. It’s a joy, it brings the city back to life“, Testifies a resident. Cédric, 48, unemployed, plans to work there: “Electricity is great, it’s the future“. 400,000 electric vehicles could be produced per year. It remains to be seen whether demand will match supply.