With the launch of Renault’s first mass-produced EV approaching, the company appointed Beatrice Foucher its new head of its electric vehicles unit.
Beatrice Foucher will replace Thierry Koskas, who will be appointed head of Renault’s operations in Argentina. Foucher was previously the company’s head of product planning for all Renault cars. From now on she will report to Philippe Klein, the company’s executive vice president of corporate planning, product planning and programs.
Foucher has now a big challenge ahead of her with the launch of the Zoe, a model of utmost importance for the Renault-Nissan alliance’s 4-billion-euro investment in EVs. The company currently produced 150,000 Zoe models annually and hopes that the subcompact will make electrical vehicles more mainstream. The Zoe will reach Europe in the fourth quarter of this year.
Renault already sells the Fluence, which is a battery-powered mid-sized sedan, the Kangoo van and Twizy quadricycle, and CEO Carlos Ghosn expects electrical vehicles to represent 10% of all cars sold in markets by 2020.
Beatrice Foucher joined Renault in 1989 in the quality-control division, in 1993 was transferred to the customer research division and since 1996 she was product manager for the fourth-generation Espace, deputy product manager for the second-generation Laguna and head of future projects.