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Renault plans electric-only Uber rival for Paris

Published on: July 5, 2018
Renault plans electric-only Uber rival for Paris

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Renault has announced that it's going to work with the office of the mayor of Paris to improve access to and use of electric cars in the French capital.

Paris was one of a group of cities, which included Madrid, Athens, and Mexico City, which last year vowed to ban the most polluting vehicles from their roads and to promote the use of zero-emissions transport.

Renault will be putting its current fleet of electric Zoe, Twizy, Kangoo van Z.E and Master Z.E vehicles to use across three different programmes, the first of which will be a 'Voiture de transport avec chauffeur' service, think of it as an electric-only Uber, called Marcel from Groupe Renault.

That will be backed up by a self-service setup, which will see electric vehicles available for city-wide use from kerbside parking spots, and longer-haul carsharing services with electric cars stashed in strategic car parks across Paris.

The programmes will kick off in September of this year, and by 2019 Renault expects to have some 2,000 electric vehicles available across Paris.

Beyond that, Renault and Paris want to work on what they call "an open working group, associating major cities and companies, whose aim will be to think collectively about the integration of changes in mobility in the city." Much of that work will be done through the C40 association, a global grouping of 40 key cities, of which Paris' mayor, Anne Hidalgo, is currently the chair.

Ms Hidalgo said that: "Cities and car manufacturers have a vocation to join forces for the future of mobility. Paris and Groupe Renault are now leading the way by converging their action in the areas of car sharing and electric motors. This will make it possible to offer Parisians and Ile-de-France residents a healthier, less polluted living environment, where everyone can move more easily. This constructive agreement is also an opportunity to promote major technological and industrial advances, which contribute to the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and create sustainable jobs and activities."

Thierry Bolloré, Executive Vice President of Groupe Renault, said: "As the European leader in electric vehicles, Groupe Renault has also been a player in mobility services for several years, notably through Renault Mobility and the Zity car-sharing system in Madrid. Today, we are delighted to be part of the City of Paris' desire to develop electric mobility for all, which is safe and respectful of the environment. This shared vision launches an ambitious model that can inspire many cities in France and around the world."

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