With Open Innovation lab, Renault tackles e-mobility and digitization

June 16, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
French carmaker Renault has announced the opening of The Open Innovation Lab in Tel Aviv, Israel. The lab will work on two topics that currently move the entire automotive industry: Vehicle electrification and cyber security.

The creative space is based in the heart of the Porter School of Environmental Studies, a renowned technology university in the city.


According to Renault, the creation of the Open Innovation Labs is another step in advancing the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s innovation strategy. Five years after opening the company’s first Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley, the Alliance chose Israel, which is regarded increasingly as a hotbed of research and business activities that drive the digitization of the society. Besides renowned university research resources, the area around Tel Aviv brings to bear a vibrant start-up scene.



The Open Innovation Lab is the result of a collaborative effort between Renault, as part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Renault’s Israeli importer Carasso Motors and the Tel-Aviv Institute of Innovation in Transportation.


In celebration of the inauguration, Nadine Leclair, Renault Expert Fellow, handed over the keys to a two Renault electric cars, a Zoe and a Twizy to Professor Dan Rabinowitz, Director of the Porter School of Environmental Studies, in the presence of Yoel Carasso, Chairman of Carasso Motors, Itzik Weitz, CEO of Carasso Motors, and Eyal Rosner, Director of the Alternative Fuels Administration.