Renault-Nissan, VW, Daimler rapidly build up e-plant network in Europe

Renault-Nissan, Volkswagen Group, Daimler and BMW have been aggressively adjusting their European production networks to meet future demand for vehicles with electrified powertrains.

Renault-Nissan has 10 facilities in Europe that either make electric vehicles or key components for them.

VW Group has nine followed by Daimler with eight and BMW with five, according to analysis done by Automotive News Europe.

It wasn’t long ago that there was hardly any output of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and full-electric vehicles in Europe. Now these models -- and their key components -- are being made at more than 50 different factories in Europe.

With the UK and France preparing to ban vehicles with combustion engines by 2040 -- and Germany mulling a similar shift -- the pressure to add electrified models will only accelerate.

That is why Automotive News Europe is debuting its first interactive map featuring the locations in Europe where these vehicles and components are being produced.

Sponsored by ElringKlinger, this new map is a helpful and insightful resource that Automotive News Europe will continually update to reflect the rapid changes happening to Europe’s vehicle and component production footprint.

Karin B. Holly contributed

You can reach Douglas A. Bolduc at dbolduc@crain.com.