Renault has announced the acquisition of French light commercial vehicle specialist PVI, which is short for Power Vehicle Innovation.

PVI for several years has been known for its conversions of light petrol commercial vehicles and buses to electric drive and/or natural gas.

Renault Master Z.E.

Renault Master Z.E.

Earlier, PVI was partnering with Renault in its latest Renault Master Z.E. project.

The full size, all-electric, Master ZE work van goes on sale at the end of this year.  Now with this acquisition, it will be an all-Renault project.

Whether Renault will use PVI technology throughout its Renault Truck division, or will start to sell electric buses under its own brand is still a question.

"The assets of PVI, which boasts recognised expertise in the design and conversion of commercial vehicles running on natural gas or electricity, complement those of Renault. PVI’s expertise and small-scale, flexible production facility will benefit Renault, while Renault will provide economies of scale for the purchasing of components as well as a significant technology portfolio."

"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 on January 13, 2017 and which is due to be launched before the end of 2017, will extend the Group’s existing range of electric LCVs. The catalogue currently features four products and is unmatched anywhere in the world.

PVI Refuse collection EV truck

PVI Refuse collection EV truck

This acquisition also includes Escal, a subsidiary in which PVI has a 95 percent stake. Escal specialises 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."

Ashwani Gupta, SVP, LCV Division said:

“We are very pleased to welcome PVI’s team specialising in electric conversions to Groupe Renault. This acquisition is part of the Group’s strategy to develop its business by proposing a complete range of electric LCVs coupled with connected services. As the number one European manufacturer of electric LCVs, this is a unique opportunity for our teams to work on the next generation of this type of car. Together we will continue to innovate to ensure increasing proximity with our business customers while addressing their every need.”

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