Project Manager Electric Vehicles
The electric vehicles project of Renault is probably the most challenging project launched by Renault since the company first manufactured its first vehicles in late 1890's. Renault is considered as a front runner launching 4 full electric vehicles in 2011 & 2012.
My goal, in the company, is to manage the advancement of the project with the help of a working group representing each department of the company (marketing / after-sales / IT / customer relations etc.). The objective is to launch the electric vehicles as smooth as it possibly can be.
Part of the job of the project manager was to launch a "one-stop-shopping" offer including charging possibilities for the vehicle. Renault Netherlands chose to work with the company Essent (energy provider) and we worked closely together to propose a complete offer for the customer directly available at the Renault dealership. This "one-stop-shopping" concept also included the request for a Public charging point (Public = in the street) for those that do not have access to a private garage, the foundation "e-laad.nl" was our partner in this project.
The project manager position is a great opportunity, I learned a lot in terms of management of a large team (without having any direct hierrarchy authority). My goal was to motivate the working group, highlight "points of attention" that were slowing down the project. The management of the electric vehicles project at Renault Netherlands is seen as a reference for all countries at our head-office in France which is a great reward for the project manager and the working group.