Renault plans to reduce 2,000 jobs in France as it shifts to electric vehicles


Paris-French carmaker Renault announced on Thursday that it will cut up to 2,000 engineering and support jobs in France to shift to electric vehicles and hire in different positions.

The deficit group, which has already announced a reduction of about 4,600 jobs in the country as part of a major restructuring, said in a statement that it has begun discussions with the union on the latest plans.

Renault said it would create 500 net new jobs overall after hiring 2,500 people in other sectors, and said Renault aims to build nine new car models in France.

Like its rivals, Renault is expanding its offering of electric vehicles. For example, new employees will enter areas such as data science and chemistry experts to build battery expertise.

Sarah White