Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 00:19:40 +0000
Published on July 6th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
July 6th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan
I’ve been in love with carsharing since I used it for a few years in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 13 to 16 years ago. (13 to 16 years ago?!?!? Where did the time go???) Electric carsharing, of course, is approximately 30× better. One of several electric carsharing programs around the world is ZITY, Renault’s own carsharing program, and it is expanding again for some lucky residents of France.
How many cars are going to the new locale of Boulogne-Billancourt, France? 500! That’s 500 fully electric Renault ZOEs.
The extra special thing about this news is that Renault was apparently “born in a garden in the Billancourt district in 1898.” It must feel quite cool to launch a carsharing program there today. The town certainly appreciates its historic automotive roots.
“The legendary factory siren was acquired, restored and recently installed in Place Jules Guesde by the mayor of the town.”
This ZITY expansion complements even greener mobility options that have been growing around the region, including the Vélib’ bikesharing program, electric scooter sharing, and electric buses.
There’s nothing new or crazy about the ZITY carsharing program compared to other electric car programs, but in case this is a new concept for you, here’s a quick explainer:
Thanks to the ZITY mobile application, users can view on a map, at any time of the day or night, the vehicle closest to their position. Reservation is instantaneous and the vehicle is unlocked via the application. To end the rental, the vehicle must be parked in Paris, on any public square above ground and locked. However, it is possible to park temporarily outside the service area using the “Stand by” mode.
Naturally, the ZITY team is following several new procedures before and after charging, driving, and working on the cars, including wearing masks when around others, washing their hands obsessively, and systematically disinfecting “the points of contact with users’ hands.” And they recommend users also wear masks and wash their hands before and after using the cars.
All images courtesy Groupe Renault.
Zachary Shahan is tryin’ to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.