• Mar 4th 2011 at 3:48PM
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The industrial espionage case involving three top Renault execs, some of the automaker's electric vehicle secrets and possibly even China continues. In early January, the French carmaker officially filed an accusation against a undisclosed company tied to a foreign power, according to Jean-Claude Marin, a Paris prosecutor, in a report posted by Reuters. This espionage case has grown to such a level that French industry manager Eric Besson stated that the nation was facing an "economic war" over the leaked electric vehicle technology.

The latest reports streaming in say that Renault may be the victim of "fraud," which led to the suspicions of espionage and ultimately resulted in the firing of the three execs, according to Frederique Le Greves, a spokeswoman for the carmarker. Le Greves claims that "one hypothesis" is that Renault was intentionally misled about foreign accounts held by the trio of execs and admits there's a possibility that the automaker may have been duped into suspecting espionage.

The automaker, which previously claimed that the fired execs sold company secrets, will revise its view if those accounts prove to be false. Le Greves told Automotive News (sub. req.) that:
In that case, it's clear that Renault was necessarily the victim of a fraud, or something else. Espionage remains one explanation.
Jean Reinhart, the automaker's lawyer, told Europe 1 radio that:
Nothing has come back to us for the moment, which means that this morning we are unable to say whether we have been manipulated or not. I refute the term 'manipulation'; we have no information that leads us in one way or another to say that the scenario of espionage does not exist.
There's even been some reports claiming that Renault may have dreamed up this mess. However, Carlos Ghosn, the automaker's chief executive officer, responded to those accusations with this:
If there were no certainties about this, we wouldn't be where we are now.
So, what was it? Espionage, fraud, or something else entirely? Chime in by dropping a comment below.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      That's right! There is no such thing as industrial espionage!

      " EV technology is not high tech" .

      Dan, which planet are you living on?

      The PRC has a huge and very sophisticated espionage service, with a long history of commercial and industrial espionage. To be fair ,the PRC doesn't see state 'assistance' to it's corporations and business interests in quite the same way as the rest of the world.

      EV technology is very sophisticated, and the research into energy storage, metallurgy, rare earth substitutes and resourcing, component design, as well as charging technology and logistics are all subjects of patents and secrecy.

      The PRC is quite ruthless and brazen in it's contempt for the aspects of international laws, rules and codes of commercial conduct.

      Although the PRC is certainly not alone in such unethical conduct, to say that it doesn't practise industrial espionage or that EV technology is not worthy of espionage is really bizarre given the vast sums being invested .
      • 8 Months Ago
      they found WMDs. Cheney saw them with his own eyes.

      unless it was a conspiracy to sabotage their electric car program in order to keep electric cars from happening then it is totally a non issue. EV tech is not exactly high tech
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