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Carlos Ghosn envisions the car of the future at the Automobile Club de France (ACF)

June 29, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Nissan, Renault

Video (6-27-14) courtesy of Nissan.

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A serious game to raise children’s awareness of road safety

June 26, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, Environment, EV News, Greentech, Renault

  • “Safety and Mobility for All,” an educational game designed to heighten the awareness of children ages seven to twelve to road safety and sustainable mobility is now available in a digital version.
  • This initiative will help achieve the United Nations’ objective of cutting the number of road fatalities in half by 2020.

The “Safety and mobility for all” program has been expanded this year with a new educational section: a serious game for children ages seven to twelve years. It is designed to be played at home with the family as well as in the classroom or in extracurricular activities as part of educational programs on the themes of road safety and environmental protection.

Léa and Jules, the two characters who participate in the big transport contest organized by their school, have three assignments. They must organize –

–       daily trips, such as those between home and school;

–       occasional trips in small groups, to go the country, for example; and

–       special trips in a larger group, like a class trip at the end of the school year.

Through role-playing exercises, children learn to travel about safely and get an introduction to the driving code (recognizing the shapes and colors of signs, understanding lanes and the direction of traffic, taking into account weather conditions, etc.).

With “Safety and Mobility for All,” players must rely on their capacity for observation, their critical faculties, and their team spirit. They also discover various aspects of sustainable mobility such as the use of soft transport, car-pooling, electric vehicles, renewable energies, and recycling of materials.

Claire Martin, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, at Renault, says: “Our expanding population, increasing urbanization and steadily growing automobile fleet contribute to a situation where the number of people injured and killed on the world’s roads continues to be much too high. Seventy percent of the 20 to 50 million annual victims are vulnerable road users, among them many children and teenagers. We therefore believe it is essential to continue our efforts to increase awareness of the risks on the roads. By developing an interactive game inspired by the Safety and Mobility for All program, Renault is counting on new technologies and fun approaches to reach large numbers of young people so they can play an active role in their own safety.”

Safety and Mobility for All,” developed exclusively for Renault by Terra Project[1], is free and available on in English, on in French, and soon in Spanish, in versions for PC, Mac, touchscreen tablets and smartphones (iOS and Android).

[1] Terra Project

A communications agency and publisher specialized in awareness-raising and educational materials focused on sustainable development, Terra Project has developed unique expertise in the production of films, video games, websites and interactive programs for schools, young children, teenagers and families.

This article is a repost, credit: Renault. Video courtesy of Renault.

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Twizy hits the screens in the new film by Terry Gilliam

June 13, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV enthusiast, EV News, Renault

Renault Twizy will be appearing on cinema screens on 25 June in Terry Gilliam’s new science-fiction thriller, The Zero Theorem.  

“London, in the not-too-distant future. With new advances in technology, the world is more than ever under the all-seeing eye of an invisible and omnipotent authority. Qohen Leth, a computer genius, lives in an abandoned church, working obsessively on a mysterious project, personally delegated to him by a man called Management and aimed at discovering the meaning of life – or the lack thereof – once and for all…”

Following the first preview in France of the movie, its film director Terry GILLIAM and the main actress Mélanie THIERRY were at l'Atelier Renault Photo credit: Olivier Martin Gambier  Courtesy of Renault

Following the first preview in France of the movie, its film director Terry Gilliam and the main actress Mélanie Thierry were at l’Atelier Renault
Photo credit: Olivier Martin Gambier
Courtesy of Renault

The Zero Theorem was filmed in Bucharest, Romania in late 2012. Twizy was chosen to illustrate the director’s futuristic and hyper-connected world. Fifteen Renault Twizy vehicles appear in five outdoor scenes to reflect the high-tech and innovative atmosphere of the film. Renault’s all-electric upstart turned out to be a natural fit for Gilliam’s singular new opus.

The Zero Theorem will be distributed in some 30 countries, including the UK, Italy, the USA, Germany, China, Brazil and Japan.

Renault loves film

Renault’s close ties with cinema date back to the first Lumière Brothers film, which features footage of Louis Renault at the wheel of his Type A “voiturette”. The film was shot outside the first movie studios built in Billancourt near Paris alongside Renault’s factories.

Renault is interested in all forms of cinema. It supports a range of festivals and institutes, including the Cannes Film Festival, Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma (which organizes the Césars and Les Nuits en Or du Court Métrage awards evenings), the Deauville Festival, the Alpe d’Huez Festival, and those of Marrakesh, London, San Sebastián and Valladolid.

Renault also works on film and television productions in France and worldwide. Renault vehicles take part in spectacular stunts and enjoy wacky moments alongside actors, having figured in films as famous as And God Created Woman, A View to a Kill and The Visitors and, more recently, Rush Hour 3 and Intouchables. Renault is delighted to have worked with the world-renowned director Terry Gilliam on his new film.

This article is a repost (6-10-14), credit: Renault. Video courtesy of Renault.

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Renault ZOE arrives in Norway

April 7, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Renault

Renault ZOE Photo courtesy of Renault

Renault ZOE
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Norway is the leading market for electric vehicles in Europe, accounting for 12% of the electric vehicles on the road. So Renault ZOE was given a grand welcome at the Olympic stadium in Oslo on Tuesday, March 25, at an event attended by the French ambassador and Norway’s environment minister.

A fleet of some 15 Renault ZOEs were available to be test driven on the athletics tracks and six workshops were organized to showcase the features of Renault ZOE, particularly the charging system (the Chameleon charger).

Norway is spearheading electric vehicle penetration in Europe. This success can be attributed to the government’s pro-EV policy, especially a strong financial incentive since electric vehicles are exempt from VAT, which is 25% in Norway. The popularity of electric vehicles is also due to the privileges offered to owners: free public parking, free charging stations in the street and in public parking lots, the right to drive in bus lanes, exemption from city tolls, and a lower annual road tax than for fuel vehicles. Also, 10% of Europe’s charging infrastructure is located in Norway, even though it is home to only 1% of Europe’s population.

With all of these incentives, Norway is set to become a flagship market for Renault ZOE.

This article is a repost, credit: Renault.

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ZOE races in ZENN Rally

March 21, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV enthusiast, EV News, Renault

Image courtesy of Rally Monte-Carlo

Image courtesy of Rally Monte-Carlo

ZOE is racing in the fifth Monte-Carlo ZENN Rally. The electric model is putting its cutting-edge technology and performance to the test in osmosis with the natural surroundings.

The fifth ZENN Rally (ZENN being short for Zero Emission, No Noise) is holding from March 21 to 23, 2014 in Monaco. The “greenest” segment of the 15th Monte-Carlo New Energies Rally, the event is open only to electric vehicles.

Three ZOEs are competing in the innovative race over a historic route. Three teams are on board, together making up the “Z.E. ZOE Team”:

  • A “racing” team, fully trained on regularity events
  • A “press” team, for an insider’s view of the race
  • A “private individuals” team of rally and ZOE enthusiasts

The rally features several regularity events, including the famous “La Turbie-Peille”. The closing event will start in the mountains in Sainte-Agnès – Europe’s highest coastal village – and finish at the port of Monaco with a manoeuvrability contest.

The rally also includes exhibitions and special events for the public based on the theme of tomorrow’s vehicles and sustainable development.

Join the Z.E. ZOE Team on Monday March 24, 2014 and share in the magic of this new breed of rally.

To find out more about the ZENN Rally, click here

This article is a repost, credit: Renault.

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Renault calls on Keymoov to operate the Twizy Way car-sharing service in Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, France

September 24, 2013 in Car sharing, Electric Vehicles, EV News, Renault

  • Renault and KEYMOOV sign the contract for the transfer of the Twizy Way car-sharing service in Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France.
  • On the back of a one-year trial run and thanks to the experience gained along the way, Renault has developed more specific products for operators interested in car-sharing schemes.
  • KEYMOOV lays the foundations of its multi-modal applications and, with Twizy Way in Saint Quentin en Yvelines, becomes the third car-sharing operation in France, behind Autolib in Paris and Autobleue in Nice.
Photo courtesy of Renault

Photo courtesy of Renault

After a one-year trial run of the Twizy Way by Renault car-sharing service in the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines conurbation, Renault is transferring the operation to KEYMOOV, an SME based in nearby Montigny-le-Bretonneux.

Thierry Viadieu, Director of Renault’s Cross-Functional Mobility Services and Equipment Program, explains: “The trial in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines allowed us to understand how the customers used the cars, to discover how a car-sharing service is managed and to adjust our offer accordingly. In consequence, we have defined and developed a range of products that meet our customers’ needs for mobility.” 

On the strength of the one-year test and the experience it gained along the way, Renault has developed its “car-sharing pre-equipment” for Twizy and ZOE intended for operators.  The pre-equipment allows for the easy integration of the car-sharing operator’s information system in the vehicle, by providing direct access to the data required to manage the service. Consequently, these Renault Z.E. range models can be introduced seamlessly into car-sharing fleets operated by private companies and local authorities.

Renault Twizy Photo courtesy of Renault

Renault Twizy
Photo courtesy of Renault

The move consolidates Renault’s leadership in the electric vehicle market in Europe, where it now has a near 50% share of the market without counting Twizy, and its position as a worldwide leader in the field together with the Alliance. Renault has strengthened its leadership position in Europe with the launch of its latest electric model, Renault ZOE, in 11 countries. Sales of Renault’s EVs, excluding Twizy, have grown by almost 25%.

KEYMOOV and ADM have combined their web services and engineering skills and know-how to take over the management of Twizy Way, while capitalizing on their position as SMEs in the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines trading zone.

New B2B offers are now available for the numerous companies in the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines trading zone, the aim being to set a new standard in sustainable mobility in the area by offering shared and multi-modal mobility services, ranging from electric cars and bicycles to local bus services included in the same subscription.

About Renault

The Renault group, present in 118 countries, designs, develops, manufactures and sells passenger cars and light commercial vehicles under the Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors brands. To meet the new challenges facing the automotive industry, both environmental and economic, Renault is implementing a two-pronged strategy: improvements to existing technologies with new generations of carbon-efficient engines, and the breakthrough “Zero Emission” program. Renault launched its “Zero Emission” range in 2011, with Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E., which were followed in 2012 by Twizy, an original urban quadricyle, and ZOE, the first 100% electric vehicle, launched in March. The range makes innovation accessible to the greatest number. With its partner Nissan, Renault is aiming to become the world’s leading supplier of zero-emission vehicles.


KEYMOOV was created by the merger between Dotmobil and ADM Concept.  The web services provider and the automotive engineering company teamed up in order to develop and deliver the sustainable mobility services that are becoming increasingly important in urban development projects. KEYMOOV is involved in smart grid projects, perfectly illustrated by the Lyon Confluence initiative, for which the company recently delivered 30 vehicles.

I believe that the energy consumed by buildings and mobility should be part of the same equation. Schemes to share electric vehicles should be a part of real estate developments, just like elevators, swimming pools or tennis courts,” says Olivier Rossinelli, KEYMOOV’s President and CEO.

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1-hour free charge per day from the French Renault network

September 21, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV Campaigns, EV charging, EV News, Renault

  • On September 30 2013, 372 dealerships in the French Renault’s distribution network will start offering users of electric vehicles a free 1-hour charge per day, thanks to its fast-charge terminals located on the dealerships’ outdoor parking lots. The 22 kW charging terminals can charge batteries to 80% of their capacity in 1 hour.
  • The 875 fast-charge stations located in parking lots of 372 Renault dealerships offer EV users an alternative solution to using private stations at home or at work and are helping to develop the public charging infrastructure.
  • Another step taken by Renault and its network towards becoming key players in electric mobility in France.
Photo courtesy of Renault

Photo courtesy of Renault

All of the dealerships taking part in the operation and their geographical locations can be found directly on and on the community site The locations of the terminals have also been sent to operators such as Tom Tom, which will use them to create points of interest in the R-Link and Carminat navsat systems, and to the GIREVE for inclusion in the nationwide reference system.

The Renault network’s charging infrastructure currently offers the broadest coverage in France, with the possibility of using fast-charge terminals during the dealerships’ opening hours. This infrastructure is a real asset for Renault, since it can be used by all EV users and allows the brand to broaden its electric mobility offer for its customers, as long as they have a cable that fits type 3 connectors for electric vehicles. Information on this new service is available from reception in all the dealerships taking part, which will activate the charging station for the EV user.

This initiative puts Renault and its network in the forefront of electric mobility in France, where the installation of charging points for the general public is one of the major factors contributing to the deployment of electric vehicles. Charging stations help to reassure users and increase the scope for the use of electric vehicles.

Coinciding with 2013 Mobility Week, the potential of this network will be demonstrated by two ZOEs, as they travel from Paris to La Rochelle on France’s Atlantic coast. On September 18, the two ZOEs drove from the Eiffel Tower to the Place du Commandant de la Motte Rouge in La Rochelle, charging along the way at the Renault dealerships in Chartres, Chinon and Les Herbiers.

Elsewhere, Renault has already teamed up with the more ambitious local authorities (SydEV in the Vendée department, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais regional authority, etc.) and a number of private enterprises, such as the E. Leclerc chain of hypermarkets, in an effort to support the deployment of charging infrastructures.

This article is a repost, credit: Renault.