Renault has passed the 1,000 mark for electric vehicles sold and delivered in South America. The keys were handed over on November 6th by Eric Feunteun, Director of Groupe Renault’s Electric Vehicle & New Business Programme, to Brazilian real estate company MRV. It will be put in circulation as part of a shared mobility program.
The 1,000th Renault electric vehicle in South America is a ZOE. It was delivered to Brazilian company MRV, a leading South American real estate developer, as part of a partnership between the two companies. MRV’s goal: to test a new electric carsharing service intended for the use of those living in its large housing estates. The first three ZOE electric cars will be made available in two buildings, one in Sao Paulo and one in Bello Horizonte. Residents can reserve them using a dedicated mobile app developed by Renault.
This new pilot programme is part of the Brazilian builder’s energy efficiency programme. This ambitious plan also includes the installation, by 2022, of solar panels on all its new buildings. 180 buildings equipped with solar panels have already been built in Brazil.
With its presence in Brazil, among several other Latin American countries, and with a range including the ZOE, Kangoo Z.E. and Twizy, Renault has already equipped several large companies, such as the courier Fedex and Itaipu Binacional, the world’s largest producer of electricity.
In total, at the end of 2018, the Renault fleet in Brazil numbered 150 electric vehicles. The ZOE has just become available on the retail market in Brazil.
Brazil is Renault’s second-largest market in Latin America, trailing behind Colombia, where more than 500 electric vehicles bearing the diamond logo are in circulation.
Brazil offers both financial and non-financial incentives, such as a reduction in customs duties based on engine capacity, as well as an exemption from no-drive days and the option to use bus lanes.
Front picture: aerial view of Rio de Janeiro’s road network
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