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Renault to develop electric car sharing solutions

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Renault Twizy

Renault and Bolloré are joining forces to create a joint-venture to sell electric vehicle sharing solutions and to carry out a feasibility study on the development of a specific new Renault vehicle for car sharing.

The Bolloré Group has commissioned Renault to gradually take over assembly of the Bluecar, formerly built solely in Italy. The vehicles will be assembled at the Renault plant in Dieppe (Normandy, France) from the second-half of 2015.

The Dieppe plant specialises in building vehicles in small series. It currently builds Clio Renaultsport and is set to build the future Alpine, scheduled for launch in 2016.

With a number of cities now taking more measures to address air quality and congestion by limiting traffic, the Renault and Bolloré groups have decided to set up a joint-venture, whose aim will be to win and install complete electric car-sharing solutions in France and Europe. The Renault group will hold a 30 per cent interest in the joint-venture, while the Bolloré group will own 70 per cent.

As part of this agreement, from the second-half of 2014, customers using car-sharing networks in Lyon (Bluely) and Bordeaux (Bluecub) will be able to choose a Twizy, a vehicle that is different but complementary with the Bluecar, already available on a car-sharing basis in both Lyon and Bordeaux.

Renault vehicles will be gradually integrated with the car-sharing fleet to reach a proportion of 30 per cent as quickly as possible.

The Bolloré group has also asked Renault to conduct a feasibility survey on the design, development and production in a Renault Group plant in France of a smaller car than the existing Bluecar (three seats instead of four), able to support the expansion of car-sharing initiatives. This vehicle could also be sold to consumers, companies and municipalities.

This electric vehicle will be equipped with a Blue Solutions lithium-metal-polymer (LMP) battery with a capacity of 20 kWh.

The overall environmental impact of an electric vehicle is virtually half that of an equivalent internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, based on a comparative study of the Fluence ICE and Fluence electric, see: https://www.greencarguide.co.uk/features/renault-compares-lifecycle-footprint-of-electric-v-petrol-and-diesel-cars/

Electric vehicles emit no CO2, smells or fine particles (excluding wear parts) in use. As a result, they significantly improve air quality and noise levels, particularly in the city. Without electric vehicles, improvements in urban air quality will be slow, driven only by the renewal of the ICE vehicle parc and by changes to regulations on pollutant emissions.

The electric vehicle market has kicked off at a pace that is 20 times faster than the hybrid market in its time. Sales of electric vehicles are growing worldwide: + 100 per cent in France, +250 per cent in the USA, +50 per cent in Germany (2013 vs 2012).

The Bolloré group is a key player in electricity storage solutions, a field whose applications include car-sharing programmes based on all-electric vehicles, such as Autolib in Paris.

Read Renault’s report about the overall environmental impact of an electric vehicle compared to an equivalent internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, based on a comparative study of the Fluence ICE and Fluence electric, see:

https://www.greencarguide.co.uk/features/renault-compares-lifecycle-footprint-of-electric-v-petrol-and-diesel-cars/