Donfeng Renault Automobile Co. will be testing autonomous Zoe electric cars in the city of Wuhan, China, as early as next month.
The joint venture forged by Dongfeng and Renault in 2014 will be testing the self-driving cars on a 1.5-mile stretch of road in the city’s Caidian district for testing purposes, according to Automotive News China and reported by Autoblog.
Further details have yet to be known, but it may tap into Next Two, a self-driving prototype based on the Zoe hatchback that Renault introduced in 2013.
The self-driving Zoe test car will be second of its kind scheduled to roll out in China. Earlier this year, Volvo said it will be conducting autonomous-driving tests on as many as 100 cars in China. In April, CEO Hakan Samuelsson told Automotive News China that the company would let customers test one of the cars on Chinese roads next year.
Dongfeng Renault began selling its first model, the Renault Kadjar, in March. The Renault Koleos crossover will begin sales in China by the end of the year.
Donfeng has forged alliances with other global automakers, including Nissan. Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company launched its first all-electric vehicle model, e30, through the joint venture’s local Venucia brand in China.
French automaker PSA Group received a cash bailout from Donfeng and the French government salvaging the company from a 2012-12 crisis. As part of its ambitious turnaround, PSA chief executive Carlos Tavares has pledged to introduce 11 new plug-in electric and hybrid models by 2021.