GROUPE RENAULT ACQUIRES PVI
Groupe Renault has acquired the French company PVI (Power Vehicle Innovation), which specializes in the conversion of commercial vehicles to electricity or natural gas.
PVI has previously worked with Groupe Renault on the development and electrification of the upcoming Renault Master Z.E. This large van, which was unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show in January and which is due to be launched before the end of 2017, will extend the Group’s existing range of electric LCVs.
This electric version of Master is aimed primarily at fleets running last-mile distribution services in the city, as well as large municipalities and local government. This heavy van’s load characteristics, range and charge time are tailored to the needs of business customers in and around cities.
Master Z.E. is equipped with a 33 kWh and fitted with a 57 kW motor inherited from ZOE. Master Z.E. has a range of 200 km (124 miles) NEDC.
PVI currently offers three fully-electric powertrain solutions, the L, XL and XXL powertrains. The first one powers among others the Gépébus Oréos 2X minibus, the Aptinéo Vehixel minicoach and the DongFeng/Haide 7.5t truck in China, etc.);
This acquisition also includes Escal, a subsidiary in which PVI has a 95% stake. Escal specializes in the distribution, installation and maintenance of security systems for lifting vehicles. Escal itself manages PVI’s service, maintenance and mechanical integration activities. Both PVI and Escal, with a combined workforce of 93 employees, are attached to the Groupe Renault’s LCV Division.