The city of Paris and Groupe Renault invent the future of urban transit

Published by The Editorial Team on 07.27.2018 - 5 min

On 4 July, the city of Paris and Groupe Renault announced that they would be combining their expertise in order to develop sustainable transit, both electric and shared, for Parisians, Île-de-France inhabitants, and visitors.

The first step in this process is the deployment of a fleet of multi-utility electric vehicles. But the City of Paris and Groupe Renault want to go even further by initiating a public think tank made up of both metropolises and companies with the objective of collectively brainstorming advances in urban transport. Here are a few of the major points of this announcement.

Ambitious news in the world of electric and shared transport

In view of current environmental and public health challenges, but also to facilitate travel, accessibility and economic attractiveness in Paris, starting in September 2018, Groupe Renault will gradually roll out an electric transport commercial offer in the Île-de-France region.

The collective venture was announced on Wednesday, 4 July 2018 by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and President of the C40, the organisation that brings together the world’s largest cities to fight against climate change, as well as Thierry Bolloré, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Renault. “This will provide Parisians a healthier and less polluted living environment, where everyone can travel more easily,” said the Mayor of Paris.

Which measures will be put in place in Paris?

Groupe Renault will rely on its line of electric vehicles to offer a complete array of solutions to Parisians. Their goal? To offer them alternatives to owning a personal vehicle for short trips, as a complement to public transport, as well as for trips outside Paris.

Starting in September 2018, Renault will offer three types of commercial offers, all with one key word in mind: electric. Groupe Renault will begin with its own line of chauffeur-driven electric cars, Marcel, deploying it in Paris and Île-de-France.

It will then put in place a line of shared electric vehicles as a “self-service fleet”, i.e. an array of self-service vehicles without dedicated deposit or collecting stations. Finally, Groupe Renault will deploy a continuous car-sharing service: accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from dedicated or partner car parks, these electric vehicles could also be used for longer journeys.

These three offers will be comprised of a 100% electric fleet of around 2,000 self-service cars in Paris by the end of 2019. Users will have the choice between the Twizy and ZOE, but also lightweight utility vehicles like the Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E., Renault’s electric van.

Car-sharing services: what’s already been done in Europe

To face the challenges of urban mobility, many private operators and local authorities have set up car-sharing services using Renault’s electric vehicles. Launched last December in the Spanish capital, Zity is a “self-service fleet” system that allows you to book one of Madrid’s 500 ZOEs via an app. The user can then park the car at the location of his/her choice, without having to connect it to a terminal. This car-sharing service has already attracted more than 100,000 users in just over six months.

Two other examples? In Bologna, Italian provider Corrente will deploy a fleet of 120 ZOEs by October 2018. In Denmark, Green Mobility already offers 450 shared ZOEs. And let’s not forget Marseille and Montpellier, where Totem Mobi has a fleet of 170 Renault Twizy quadricycles on offer in areas poorly served by public transit.

Groupe Renault, European leader of the electric car

“Cities and car manufacturers must join forces for the future of mobility. Paris and Groupe Renault are paving the way by working together in the domains of car-sharing and electric engines,” said Anne Hidalgo. Sharing expertise with Renault was a no-brainer.

A pioneer in the electric sector, Groupe Renault is not a newcomer to shared transport. Through its Renault Mobility offer launched in 2016, the manufacturer offers 24/7 self-service car shares throughout France for both businesses and individuals.

“A European leader in electric vehicles, Groupe Renault has also been a player in mobility services for several years, notably with Renault Mobility and the Zity car-sharing system in Madrid,” commented Thierry Bolloré. This new self-service electric vehicle offer without drop-off or collection stations, opening in September 2018 in Paris is very much inspired by Renault Mobility and Zity.

Together, the city of Paris and the European leader in electric vehicles are preparing to write the next chapter in European urban mobility.

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