According to UK publication Autocar, Renault is considering the move as part of a restructure that aims to save the brand £1.7 million (AU$3.1 billion).
“It’s inevitable that we’ll electrify Alpine,” Renault’s design chief Laurens van den Acker told Autocar. That statement alone does not mean Alpine's future will be electric only, but the company's boss Jean-Dominique Senard has made clear that Alpine's future is under scrutiny.
“We do have to look very, very seriously at the future of [Alpine] to see how it can bring added value to the group," Senard said last week.
Currently, Alpine produces one model – the A110 coupe, pictured below.
Autocar’s report follows a difficult period for Renault that has seen sales plummet during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In late May, France’s finance minister Bruno Le Maire said Renault could disappear without a €5 billion ($8.2 billion) bailout.
In the same interview, Mr Le Maire stressed the importance of Renault focusing on developing its electric car fleet, to “adapt” and “be competitive”.