The planned EV sharing offer by Renault in Paris is taking shape: The French automobile manufacturer will cooperate with ADA to start the free-floating car-sharing service in September. The service will start with 100 Zoe and 20 Twizy.
As of January 2019, the service will be expanded in steps. Renault is planning to offer a 2,000 strong electric vehicle fleet in the greater Paris area by the end of next year. The timing is good: Currently the communities around Paris are extricating themselves from the deeply indebted Autolib program by Bolloré. The plug is expected to be pulled at the end of the month. Renault is one of several manufacturers who have an eye on the market gap.
The fleet comprising of 100 Zoe and 20 Twizy will start in the eleventh and twelfth Arrondissement of Paris and the community of Clichy, which borders the northern side of the capital. Renault has described the start as a testing phase, and plans to perform quality optimisation.
The cooperation with ADA, a subsidiary of the Rousselet group with more than 100 rental car agencies in the capital, will look as follows: Renault will manufacture the EVs and cover maintenance and repairs, while ADA will provide the digital app for the car-sharing service, as well as charging and positioning the vehicles, and the financial aspects of the transaction.
In further news from the capital, Paris’ mayor Anne Hidalgo recently mentioned that other companies had also expressed interest in becoming a car-sharing operator in the city. It seems that Paris is not planning on passing Autolib’s legacy on to one single car-sharing operator, but plans to split the work between several. It is already known that PSA will start a car-sharing service, for example. The service will start with 500 EVs from Peugeot and Citroën.