Renault and Utrecht City Council to create carsharing network

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Renault plans to create a carsharing network for electric vehicles powered by renewable energy. A deal was agreed recently by French auto maker Renault and its Dutch partners Utrecht City Council, ElaadNL and LomboXnet to develop a network of solar-powered chargers for electric vehicles.

The Franco-Dutch network will power a fleet of 150 electric vehicles to be used by residents of Utrecht in the Netherlands. The agreement will see the region become the pilot city for the smart grid and sustainable transport project.

The first phase of the project will see the 150 electric Zoe vehicles delivered to the city in 2017, while ElaadNL and LomboXnet will be responsible for the roll-out of 1,000 solar-powered public charge ports across the city.

In the project’s second phase, a vehicle-to-grid ecosystem will be developed, using the solar charging network to both recharge the parked vehicles and feed energy to them.

March 22, 2016

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