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2011 Renault Twizy – Click above for high-res image gallery

Part of Renault's grand plug-in vehicle scheme calls for the automaker to construct a lithium-ion battery production facility outside of Paris, France. The idea is simple: the site will supply Renault with battery packs for its forthcoming electric vehicles. Unfortunately, technical glitches have forced Renault to delay construction of the facility.

The French automaker confirmed reports that the factory – due to open its doors in late 2012 – will not be functional until 2014 or 2015 (!) due to technical constraints. Instead, Renault will buy batteries from AESC, the joint venture between Nissan and NEC, and from South Korea's LG Chem.

A Renault spokeswoman confirmed that the project would be delayed, but claims that this setback won't impact the automaker's electric vehicle roll-out schedule. Renault is due to launch the Fluence, Kangoo and Twizy electric vehicles in 2011, followed by the Zoe in 2012 and the Twingo in 2014.


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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 4 Years Ago
      I blame big oil black ops for this.
        letstakeawalk
        • 4 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Seriously, what kind of "technical constraint" keeps you from building a factory? The girders weren't strong enough to support the roof? They couldn't get enough electrical power to run the machinery? Not enough workers to push buttons? The only technical reason I could understand was if for some reason they couldn't actually produce the battery to meet whatever particular specs they intended...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe they have time to redisign the twizy to have proper doors and keep the rain out... otherwise it's almost perfect for city
      electronx16
      • 4 Years Ago
      " technical glitch"? Oh, this is a guessing game then...my two cents: -the market is smaller than anticipated at this point, no point in adding further capacity (hopefully not) -battery tech evolves faster than anticipated: no point in building capacity for tech that will be obsolete by the time the plant is operational. -?
      Rotation
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait a minute while I pretend to be shocked. Renault has made a lot of bragging statements that likely doesn't make sense to follow through on. Don't expect there to really be 3 Leaf plants in the world either, not unless the Leaf breaks out of the niche that 85 mile range EVs currently occupies.