The electric car Renault ZOE has a promising future in the Nordic countries, three of them already having adopted this model for their car sharing services as part of ambitious smart mobility strategies.

« The Renault ZOE is the best car for this type of mobility service today »

450 ZOEs in Copenhagen in 2016 operated by Green Mobility, 300 ZOEs coming later this fall in Stockholm operated by aimo, and 250 more to be soon launched in Oslo operated by NSB Group. No doubt that the Scandinavian car sharing users will become familiar with this model of electric car produced by the French car manufacturer.

« The ZOE is the best car for this type of mobility service today » said Koicishi Harayama, Managing director of aimo to Via TT. And the CEO Mobility and Strategy at NSB Group, Synne Homble, to outbid that the choice of this car for Oslo city was based on several criteria such as long range, spaciousness and a feeling of high quality, features that have proven themselves in Copenhagen.

Source : Business France Nordic

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Renault is the market leader for electric vehicles (EV) in Europe

Beyond its success on the electric car sharing market in the Nordics, Renault is also the leader for electric vehicles in Europe, since almost one in every four EV sold is a Renault. The French car manufacturer’s “Drive the Future” plan outlines a range of 12 electrified models due by 2022, including 8 all-electric cars. Renault engaged its electric strategy a decade ago, at a time when few car manufacturers were engaged in this transformation, and accumulated the valuable and competitive know-how that gives it its leading position today on the European market.

As part of this plan, Renault is developing a complete electric ecosystem, co-building innovative solutions with many partners and thus shaping the future of smart mobility. Two examples of innovations are the "Renault Z.E. Smart Charge" smartphone app that activates vehicle charging to coincide with the cheapest electricity rates and lowest carbon emissions, or the gaining of a second life in stationary facilities for electric vehicle, where their batteries can store the energy generated by roof-top solar panels and restore it for local needs.

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France has an ambitious agenda to support the upcoming mobility revolution

At the occasion of the Paris Motor Show, that is currently taking place in the French capital, president Emmanuel Macron has recalled his ambition to make France a leader in the transformation of mobility, while the sector is undergoing a “digital and environmental” shift. He has appointed a former executive of Renault, Patrick Pelata, to produce a report on new mobility, electric and autonomous vehicles. This report, expected for February 2019, will outline a long-term plan for the autonomous car industry and new mobility, in a context of reindustrialization in France.

The French government already unveiled in May 2018 a roadmap about its strategy to help the automotive industry adapt to the upcoming autonomous vehicle revolution, emphasizing on its role to build a national, and European, frame for the integration of autonomous vehicles by 2022.

Did you know about the French-Swedish Strategic Partnership for innovation and green solutions in the transport sector?

On November 17th 2017 in Gothenburg, a strategic partnership for innovation and green solutions was signed by Emmanuel Macron and Stefan Löfven, covering four priority areas, one of which being on green solutions for transport, clean energy and smart cities.

Since then, the French and Swedish Ministers Elisabeth Borne and Tomas Eneroth have been committed in implementing their roadmap in the transport sector and in reinforcing substantially the cooperation between both countries, especially in the following two key areas:

  • Autonomous and connected vehicles, with the objectives to cross-exchange on the concrete results achieved by French and Swedish experiments on connected, cooperative and automated driving, to share regulations, results and experiences and identify critical solutions.
  • Green vehicles, with the aim to explore the possibility to include France in the German-Swedish partnership for Electric Road Systems.