Elexent: charging solutions for companies

Published by on 06.30.2020 - 3 min

Groupe Renault is launching Elexent, a new subsidiary entirely dedicated to helping professionals find charging solutions for their fleets of electric or rechargeable hybrid vehicles. Learn more in this interview with Nicolas Schottey, Chief Executive of Elexent.

Elexent is Groupe Renault’s new subsidiary for professional vehicle charging solutions. Can you tell us a little more about its mission?

Our purpose is to help companies establish or expand their electric vehicle fleets by providing ready-to-use charging solutions. We help our clients create optimized energy strategies by designing the best charging infrastructure to meet their needs, supervising installation and implementation, and overseeing operations and maintenance.

Our goal is to make people’s their lives easier. Whether we help with just one stage of the process or oversee the whole thing from start to finish, our clients will be dealing with a single intermediary: Elexent.

Nicolas Schottey, Chief Executive of Elexent
Nicolas Schottey, Chief Executive of Elexent

Why did Groupe Renault decide to create Elexent?

To continue the democratization of electric vehicles and to accelerate the energy transition. After reducing costs and increasing range for electric vehicles, the next major obstacle was charging. This hurdle had largely been overcome for individuals through the introduction of home charging equipment. But for company fleets, which are key to the large-scale deployment of electric vehicles, something was still missing.

Charging is a complex issue, one that requires precise knowledge of electric grids, rules and regulations, as well as the seamless cooperation between the different players involved.
Elexent aims to facilitate bringing electric mobility to fleets of professional vehicles.

Elexent aims to facilitate bringing electric mobility to fleets of professional vehicles.
Nicolas Schottey Chief Executive of Elexent

What kind of companies are you addressing?

Any business – from SMEs to large multinationals – that wants to install more than two charging stations on a single site. We can also work with companies that want to offer a charging solution to their customers or residents, such as parking lots, shopping malls, hotels and real-estate operators.

What does Elexent bring to the table?

We have double-sided expertise that is unique on the market. Firstly, and the most obvious, that of Groupe Renault, a pioneer in electric mobility with more than ten years’ experience, in-depth knowledge of how vehicles work in general and batteries in particular, and also of how professional clients use their vehicles. Secondly, that of our partners, such as Schneider Electric and Alfen for charging stations, Snef for installation, and Izivia for service. Each company brings their own specialty, their knowledge of electric networks, connectivity, installation and regulations.

Our partners have already set up more than 20,000 stations. As for Groupe Renault, it manages no fewer than 4000 charging stations on its own industrial and commercial sites and has experience setting up complete electric ecosystems, such as the “smart island” of Porto Santo.

charging point intervention Elexent

How will Elexent be rolled out?

Elexent is a European player. The long-term goal is to create a network of offices all across Europe in order to be as close to our clients as possible and work with local businesses. The advantage of this is that the local teams already speak the country’s language and have extensive knowledge of the local market and regulations.

The office in France is already up and running; it was created in partnership with a French company well-known in the charging infrastructure sector, Solstyce. We intend to open four more offices before the end of the year, namely in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Benelux, where Groupe Renault is already present and the electric vehicle market is well-established. But we are also working on pan-European projects.

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Can you give us any specific examples of projects you are working on?

We are working with a vehicle rental franchise to install charging stations at all their agencies in France, and with an electric component distributor that wants to grow their electric fleet. We are also working with Renault Trucks and Volvo Trucks on the launch of their electric vehicle lines.

Whatever the context, our solutions are designed to develop our clients’ activities, optimize the use of their fleet, save energy, and boost performance.


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