Renault signs smart charging deals with EDF, Enel and Total
October 17, 2018
French car maker Renault has signed three agreements with key stakeholders in the European energy markets. The group’s latest ventures in association with EDF, Total and Enel are part of its plan to develop a smart electric ecosystem to promote the large-scale take-up of electric cars.
The cooperation agreement with the EDF has three major priorities all focusing on electric mobility and energy services. The first is the development of Renault and EDF cross-marketing revolving around EDF’s Mon Soleil & Moi self-consumption service and the smart charging of Renault electric vehicles.
Secondly, they plan to expand the concept of smart islands to non-interconnected French territories alongside EDF SEI, the EDF department in charge of public power services in French overseas departments and territories and Corsica. Renault intends to introduce services similar to those being rolled out in Porto Santo Island in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira and Belle-Île-en-Mer in Brittany, France.
Finally, EDF and Renault will pool expertise to continue providing low-carbon power services for users of Renault electric vehicles.
Renault’s agreement with Total and Jedlix, the group's long-standing smart charging partner, is for a ZE Smart Charge offer to be launched in the first half of 2019 in France. The ZE Smart Charge smartphone app optimises the management of electric-vehicle charging to increase use of renewable energies and benefit from low electricity prices, thus making electric mobility more affordable. The offer is associated with a 100% green electricity supply provided by Total Spring.
In addition, ZE Smart Charge financially rewards vehicle users for the flexibility it offers for smart charging. The charging flexibility provided by Renault Zoes through the Jedlix platform will be monetised through the TotalFlex services.
Renault and Total also work together in the field of battery-charging infrastructure and energy supply to bring down the cost of electric-vehicle charging.
Renault and Enel X, a subsidiary of energy transition company Enel, will team up to leverage synergies and develop charging services tailored to their individual customer bases with a view to promoting electric mobility.
This partnership will initially cover the smart charging of electric vehicles through Enel X’s JuiceNet platform in the form of a pilot study in Italy prior to release nationwide and in other countries. It will also focus on the expansion of charging infrastructure, supporting the installation of new infrastructure under EU projects such as Eva+, a network of fast charging stations across Austria and Italy, and facilitating access to existing charging points thanks to digital apps such as ZE Pass Renault.
Smart charging adjusts vehicle charging based on users’ needs and preferences and power available in the grid. Electric cars are chiefly charged when power supply outstrips demand, especially during peak renewable-energy production and at off-peak hours. Charging ceases when demand for power exceeds supply from the grid. The electricity network is consequently able to optimise local supplies of renewable energy.