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Renault electric motors to help power island

Date: 22 February 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Renault has announced a new partnership that will see its electric vehicles helping to power a Portuguese island.

Teaming up with energy supplier EEM, Renault will provide vehicles as part of a 'smart electric ecosystem' on the island of Porto Santo.

The project comprises three complementary phases. Firstly, 20 volunteers in Porto Santo will drive 14 ZOE electric cars and six Kangoo Z.E. electric vans for their everyday use. These vehicles will be able to benefit from smart charging thanks to 40 connected public and private charging points set up by EEM and Renault on the island.

Secondly, by the end of 2018, these vehicles will be able to step up their interaction with the grid by providing it with electricity during peak hours, meaning that in addition to being smart-charged, the vehicles will also serve as temporary energy storage units.

Thirdly, second-hand batteries from Renault vehicles will be used to store the fluctuating supply of energy produced by Porto Santo's solar and wind farms.

Renault electric vehicles and new business programme director Eric Feunteun said: "We are delighted to be teaming up with EEM today to establish this unprecedented smart electric ecosystem, which demonstrates to what extent the electric revolution is changing our everyday lives beyond just transport.

"Our aim is to build a model that can be carried over to other islands, eco-districts and cities, while consistently striving to achieve large-scale rollout of electric mobility solutions that are affordable for all."