Unions were angry about the domestic automaker making the electric Dacia in China and then selling it back in Europe.
The Renault union is upset when it exports the Dacia Spring – the cheapest electric car in Europe – to Europe from a factory in China’s Hubei province. It can become common when many other companies have similar plans.
Workers were on the brink of unemployment when the French firm announced plans to cut jobs before being guaranteed by a loan from the government in June.
Frank Daoust, representative of CFDT (Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail) said: “This is not in line with the government’s support for the auto industry and securing employment in France.”
But automakers are planning to create similar waves of exports, and much of it electric cars. Models like the BMW iX3 just started production in Shenyang, Liaoning province, and the Tesla Model 3 shipped from a factory near Shanghai, China.
Many brands plan to set up production bases for their entire product line in China, including Daimler’s Smart, then Volvo, Polestar and Lynk & Co, of which all three are from Geely parent.
But Renault seems to have been criticized the most. The company was financed $ 5.9 billion from the French government earlier this year, and President Emmanuel Macron approved the loan only after the automaker agreed to consult with unions on plans for with two factories operating at the wrong capacity at home.
The FO union urged Renault to stick to its goal of making France the global hub for electric vehicles. “It is unthinkable and irresponsible to manufacture models elsewhere but not in France,” the union said in a statement.
Spring electric scooter – part of Renault’s Dacia subsidiary – is produced by the French company at a joint venture plant with Dongfeng Motor Group and its partner Nissan in Shiyan City, Hubei province. This is also where the Renault City K-ZE electric vehicle – the Chinese version of Spring, comes from.
In China, City K-ZE is priced from just $ 9,000. Currently, Renault has not announced the selling price of Spring EV imported from China, but the expected price is the lowest in the electric car segment in Europe.
Renault CEO Luca de Meo was present at the Dacia Spring launch last week, also mentioned the Megane eVision model with plans for 2022. Renault will produce eVision at the Douai plant in northern France. .
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