Orange Expands Electric Vehicle Fleet in France with 200 Renault-Nissan Cars

- Leadership - Sep 08, 2014

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed an agreement with Orange, one of the world’s largest telecommunications operators, to supply it with a fleet of 200 electric vehicles for its needs in France.

Renault-Nissan, the global leader in sustainable mobility, will provide the 100 percent electric vehicles to Orange by 2015 which are to be used 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. 

The Renault-Nissan electric fleet will comprise the Renault ZOE subcompact, the Renault Kangoo Z.E. van, the newly launched Nissan e-NV200 van and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle ever.

Orange already owns a fleet of about thirty tandem two-seat Twizys it has acquired from Renault since 2012.

Hélène Billon, Orange Facilities & Mobility Management Director, said: “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 percent 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, added: ”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.”

Renault-Nissan will accompany Orange in the installation of a network of charging stations at the sites which adopt the car-sharing service. 

The electric vehicles procurement agreement between the Alliance and Orange is part of a wider international partnership between the two companies.

To date the Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold 176,000 electric vehicles globally, more than all other major automakers combined. 

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