In Europe, electric mobility speaks French well: in a rapidly growing market, where the set of full-electric vehicles sold to date is worth 4% of the total (it was 0.4 in 2016), the Renault Zoe conquers the best selling middle palm, with over 205 thousand units purchased since its introduction in 2011, which become almost 27 thousand in 2020. The same happens in Italy, where with 1740 vehicles sold in the period January-May 2020 the French electricity almost double the sales of the second in the ranking, going to confirm a trend that, from 2011 to today, has seen Renault sell over 11,600 electric vehicles for private and commercial transport in our country. This is also thanks to Car sharing, given that in the Peninsula, from Milan to Palermo, more than 1200 Zoe are shared.

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«In June alone we received over ten thousand orders for Zoe – reveals Gilles Normand, director of Electric Vehicles and Mobility Services for the Renault group – and this testifies not only to the validity of a path that began 10 years ago, but also to the growing interest of the European population in electric and sustainable mobility ». An interest that Renault is preparing to intercept, covering 80% of the European offer (private and commercial) between the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023, thanks to the introduction of 8 new electric vehicles.

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The sales success of the Zoe, with its 395 kilometers of maximum autonomy in the WLTP cycle, it is the result of a long and profound transformation carried out by Renault and which is divided into various evolutionary steps: from the development of powerful and reliable electric motors to the updating of the production lines (which also work simultaneously on thermal engines); from the management of the entire life cycle of batteries, including their “second life”, to the training of personnel involved at all levels in the construction and maintenance of electric cars; from updating the sales network, which must sell a new product in a new way, to the development of connected service.

Create the conditions for the “electrical revolution”, now it is time to expand the range of battery-powered vehicles: first of all towards lower price ranges than that of the Zoe, with new products already announced such as the Twingo Z.E. and Dacia Spring. The first, coming soon, is designed to be a typically compact, versatile and more autonomous city car (190 km WLTP and 270 km WLTP city), while the new Dacia full-electric was born with the ambitious goal to be the least expensive electric vehicle in the world, reiterating the approach that characterized products such as the Logan and then the Duster.

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Similarly, it is necessary to expand the offer in the segments above the Zoe: “In Renault’s electric strategy, Zoe is the central pillar – explains Gilles Normand – but the next phase, also based on customer feedback, will consist in creating larger vehicles with greater autonomy starting from a dedicated platform developed with Nissan. We are talking about vehicles equipped with a new generation of electric motors – adds the director of Electric Vehicles and Mobility Services – with important dimensions and large interior spaces, characterized by autonomies of over 500 km in the WLTP cycle ».

Electric cars are basically batteries on wheels: from stationary, connected to an outlet, they become accumulators that thanks to Vehicle-to-grid technology can exchange energy with the grid, and Renault is working to ensure that such integration is ever more profound and effective. To ensure the real sustainability of its electric fleet, the French manufacturer has set up several initiatives for the reuse of accumulators, which after about ten years of life of the electric vehicle can be recovered and reused for as long, for example to operate charging stations, refrigerated vehicles, small boats, barges or special vehicles. The first example comes from the Portuguese island of Porto Santo (Madeira), where Renault is developing the world’s first “smart island” ecosystem thanks to a project developed together with WWF France. Here, by 2030, energy storage systems will be installed with capacities up to 60 MWh, allowing, among other things, to achieve 100% electric mobility and to reduce the island’s carbon footprint by 88%.

July 1, 2020 (change July 1, 2020 | 5:09 PM)

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