Renault launches electric masters diploma

Car mechanics could soon be replaced by electrical engineers after Renault launched the first ever masters diploma in electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles, powered by lithium-ion batteries and electric motors, will rely on computer technology more than ever, and a change in the training of engineers has been introduced by Renault.

In total, 26 students will study ‘Mobility and Electric Vehicles’ as part of a 16 month course, which will cover all areas of electric vehicles.

These include electro-mechanical conversions, storage solutions such as lighter, more powerful battery packs, and electric vehicle architecture and design.

Once the course is completed, the students will work at Renault helping to develop electric vehicles.

Renault launched four new electric vehicles at the Paris Motor Show early this month. Over the next five years, the Renault Fluence saloon, Renault Kangoo Van, Renault Zoe supermini and Renault Twizy city car will be released.

All of the cars fall under Renault’s Z.E. name, which stands for Zero Emissions. The zero emissions claim applies to the zero CO2 emissions from the tailpipe when the cars are driving.

The first models to be released, the Fluence and Kangoo, have recently toured Europe to demonstrate the electric technology ahead of an expected launch in 2012.

Renault will compete against similar electric vehicles from Peugeot, Mitsubishi, Citroen, Ford and Nissan when they come to market.

In preparation, the ParisTech-Renault Foundation Masters will be launched on 12 October and the students will begin studying at the Arts et Metiers ParisTech, ENSTA ParisTech, Mines ParisTech and Ponts ParisTech engineering schools.

Renault’s Chief Operating Officer, Patrick Pelata, will be present at the ceremony alongside students, university workers and public authorities.