Renault and Essent offer motorists who purchase an electric vehicle a complete package
Renault and Essent have signed a cooperation agreement for the installation and delivery of charging points for electric cars. Purchasers of an electric Renault can have an Essent charging post installed at their home. Furthermore, Essent is installing more than 160 charging points at 22 Renault dealers and the Dutch head office of the car manufacturer in Schiphol-Rijk.
‘Renault will release four electric models onto the market in a year's time, making electric transportation visible on Dutch roads. We sought a partner who thoroughly understands our wishes and requirements, and who is familiar with the Dutch market. Essent is the suitable partner for this, fitting with the products and services we wish to provide for our customers’, says Fokko Bangma, Director of Public Affairs for Renault in the Netherlands.
‘This collaboration makes it possible to offer motorists a complete package concerning electric transportation in a large-scale and full manner’, says Mira Huussen, Director of New Energy for Essent. ‘It is an example of intelligent collaboration between car manufacturers and energy companies.‘
Buyers of an electric Renault can have a charging post (Wall-box) installed at their home, which allows them to charge their car with green energy that is generated by wind turbines in the Netherlands. Moreover, Essent provides charging passes that give motorists access to the national network of public charging points in the Netherlands and the over 800 charging points that parent company RWE has installed in Europe. It is a first for both parties to work with a so-called pay-box function, which means that purchasers of an electric Renault can also order the Wall-box through their dealer and an access pass for the national network of charging points.
To achieve total national coverage with a network of charging points at dealers, charging points will be installed at 22 Renault dealers spread throughout the Netherlands. Due to this, the Renault Z.E. dealers (Zero Emission) are ready to sell, maintain and repair the cars. Essent and Renault expect all charging points to be installed by the end of September.
Renault is striving to become one of the world's best three car manufacturers in the fields of quality, technology and reliability. As part of its emissions-free strategy, Renault is collaborating with governments, municipal authorities, energy specialists and other partners. So far, Renault has signed over fifty agreements worldwide, with a focus on preparing markets and infrastructures for the electric vehicles that will be brought onto the market on a large scale from 2011.
Published: 20 June 2011