Another important milestone has been reached in the life of the electric car as Renault sign a partnership agreement with leading short-term car hire company Europcar.
To be formally signed at the forthcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, the agreement will see the car hire company implement a number of solutions as part of the “Renault Alliance electric vehicles” project, including the roll out of Renault electric vehicles across its 2,500 strong network of outlets, but also install the required recharging infrastructure. It is hoped that this roll out with begin in 2011.
The two companies believe this strategy will work, citing research carried out for the French carmaker which indicates that 80% of people in Europe currently travel less than 60km per day; well within the range of many electric vehicles available today.
Commenting on the agreement, Europcar Groupe Chief Executive Officer Salvatore Catania said: "To address the issue of climate change, Europcar wanted to take things further with Renault by optimizing short-term rental solutions suited to electric vehicles. We are proud to have our brand and staff involved in such a large-scale project, which is fully in line with our company's sustainable development strategy and the goals set forth in our Environmental Charter."
"Thanks to our 'Zero-Emission' mobility program, Renault will offer a broad range of zero-emission vehicles starting in 2011. For Renault, electric vehicles with zero carbon dioxide emissions constitute a real answer to current environmental concerns. We are proud that Europcar has chosen Renault as its partner for its future range of electric vehicles," commented Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Director of Renault’s Corporate Sales Division.