September 25, 2019 / 9:40 AM / 19 days ago

Renault ready to be part of a European batteries project: chairman

Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard attends a joint news conference in Yokohama, Japan, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files

PARIS (Reuters) - Renault is ready to be part of a European batteries project provided it makes economic sense to do so, the French carmaker’s chairman said on Wednesday.

“We’re all for it (...) it’s just a question of getting around a table to try and figure out a viable economic plan. It has to make economic sense”, Jean-Dominique Senard said during a hearing in the French parliament.

France and Germany in April initiated a first European battery cell consortium, including carmaker PSA with its German subsidiary Opel, and French battery maker Saft.

Germany said last month that European states were discussing the creation of a second European battery cell production consortium, which, on the German side, could involve BMW, BASF, Varta and BMZ.

A European battery summit is scheduled for Thursday in Brussels.

Reporting by Gilles Guillaume; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Christian Lowe

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