Orange To Buy 200 Electric Vehicles From Renault-Nissan For Car Sharing Program In France
SEP 16 2014 BY MARK KANE
The Renault-Nissan Alliance now has four full-size all-electric cars on the market in Europe and as it turns out, all four were ordered by Orange – telecommunications operator.
A total of 200 cars (Renault ZOE, Renault Kangoo Z.E., Nissan LEAF and Nissan e-NV200) will be delivered by 2015 in France. All of them will supplement a fleet of thirty tandem 2-seat Twizys bought in 2012.
“Orange will use the electric vehicles mostly for car-sharing purposes between its buildings and installations in France. Orange currently has about 2,000 pool vehicles in France with about 100 cars (hybrid, electric, diesel, etc.) available for car-sharing purposes. Using the Orange Auto Partage application, employees can book a car for professional or personal use online or via a smartphone.”
Hélène Billon, Orange Facilities & Mobility Management Director stated:
“We believe that the use of electric vehicles needs to be encouraged both professionally and privately. Therefore, this agreement with the Renault-Nissan Alliance contributes to helping us meet our commitment to a 20% reduction in our CO2 footprint by 2020. By that time, we hope to continue the acquisition of more than 1,000 electric vehicles, notably to account for about one-third of our car-sharing fleet in France.”
Christian Mardrus, Alliance Executive Vice President for Renault-Nissan B.V. and the Alliance CEO Office commented:
”Thanks to the partnership between Renault and Nissan, the Alliance is able to provide Orange with the widest range of electric vehicles to meet its needs — from subcompact passenger cars to light-commercial vehicles. More Orange employees will soon be able to enjoy the many benefits of electric mobility: zero noise, smooth handling and acceleration, and zero tailpipe emissions. And the vehicles can be fully recharged with renewable energy at night, so they can be 100% charged every morning.”
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is far ahead of the rest of the world in terms of plug-in sales. The two companies to date have sold more than 176,000 EVs. According to Renault-Nissan Alliance, this is still more than all other major automakers combined.