Renault Twizy Now Available Through Bluely Car Sharing Service
Cooperation of Renault and Bolloré enters a new stage as the first Renault Twizy joins Bolloré’s car sharing service Bluely in Lyon.
For now, the fleet of Bolloré’s Bluecar was expanded by 30 Twizys. The plan by the end of 2015 assumes 110 Twizys in Bluely and Bluecub (in Bordeaux).
“First outcome of Renault-Bolloré joint venture
Subscribers to the Bluely car-sharing service can now drive one of the 30 Renault Twizys available in the Lyon region network. By the end of 2015, there’ll be 110 Twizys in the Bluely (Lyon) and Bluecub (Bordeaux) networks, along with Bolloré’s Bluecars.
Inclusion of Renault electric cars in the Bolloré car-sharing fleets is the first concrete outcome of the partnership signed by the two French groups in September 2014 (see text box). A joint venture was formed under the partnership with the purpose of developing full electric vehicle car-sharing solutions.
“Twizy Bluely is the first concrete result of our partnership with Group Bolloré on car sharing and electric vehicle usage. It addresses the twin challenges of urban transport and air quality,” notes Renault’s Philippe Buros (Senior Vice-President, market area France).
The Twizy Bluely fleet will be serviced in the expert hands of the Renault Retail Group’s Lyon Sud dealer network.”
Before Renault Twizy could be added to Bolloré’s car sharing service it needed to be adapted for the system, which means both connection to the subscription and call-center system and charging. Standard Twizy is equipped with a home plug, while Bluecar has J1772 inlet and J1772 charging stations, so Twizy got the female connector too.
“The Renault-Bolloré partnership
Three agreements signed on 9 September 2014:
- Industrial cooperation agreement on assembly of Bolloré’s electric vehicles at the Renault Dieppe plant in northern France from the second half of 2015
- Joint venture formed to sell comprehensive electric vehicle car-sharing solutions in France and other European countries
- Renault to conduct a feasibility study on behalf of Bolloré on the design, development and manufacture by Renault of an urban electric vehicle fitted with a 20 kWh lithium metal polymer (LMP) battery”