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Semmaris has purchased a fleet of seven Renault Zoe electric cars for its Rungis International Market outside of Paris. The fleet is part of an effort to reduce the market's carbon footprint, as well as as part of an awareness campaign for clean technology. Rungis Market is a destination for some 25,000 customers, many of whom run businesses (especially restaurants) and travel to Rungis for supplies, the sort of trip for which electric vehicles make a lot of sense. The market will also install charging stations, and create an electric carsharing service for use on its campus. Read more about the program in the press release below.
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Rungis, France, 8 July 2014 – SEMMARIS, the company that manages Rungis International Market, is pleased to present its new fleet of Renault ZOE electric vehicles in partnership with Renault. The fleet was inaugurated by Carole Delga, French Secretary of State in charge of trade, crafts, consumption and the social and solidarity economy, and Christophe Najdovski, Deputy Mayor in charge of transportation, roads, travel and public spaces for the City of Paris.
By equipping its teams in the field with a fleet of 7 Renault ZOEs, SEMMARIS has kicked off an ambitious programme to deploy electric vehicles at Rungis International Market.
This first step aims to raise awareness about green technologies among the 1,200 companies operating at the market and their 25,000 customers, chiefly comprised of retailers and restaurant owners who go to Rungis for supplies, therefore playing a key role in last mile logistics.
Concurrently, beginning in 2014 and in cooperation with the City of Paris, slow and rapid charging stations will be installed, allowing market users to work and move about in electric vehicles. A car-sharing system with online booking will be available for short-distance use across the site's 234 hectares, and in 2015, SEMMARIS will offer buyers combined packages with a 'small cold-storage unit + parking place for LCV with electric socket'.
Renault Group is also offering Rungis buyers the first KANGOO Z.E. cars equipped with a cooling unit running on an auxiliary battery, independent from the engine.
Stéphane Layani, CEO of SEMMARIS, says, "An electric vehicle for our fleet was the obvious choice because of its ecological and sustainable qualities, in phase with our goal of making Rungis International Market an innovative and exemplary ecosystem. Using clean vehicles, diminishing the market's energy footprint and promoting flow pooling to decongest urban areas are concrete ways of achieving this goal."
Bernard Cambier, Renault Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, France, adds, "We are pleased to support SEMMARIS in its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Renault firmly believes that electric vehicles offer a real solution to current problems relating to the environment and to noise pollution in urban areas."
Founded in 1965, SEMMARIS is the company that manages the Rungis International Market. Its main missions are to oversee the overall organisation, operation, marketing and promotion of Rungis International Market infrastructures. In 2013, SEMMARIS generated revenue of €97 million while employing 209 persons
ABOUT RUNGIS MARKET
Rungis International Market covers a surface area of 234 hectares on the southern outskirts of Paris, and serves an important ecosystem devoted to supplying food to the French, to managing the urban logistics of perishable goods, to promoting French regions and their gastronomic heritage and to keeping the specialised retail industry, as well as city centres, alive. With 1,200 companies, 12,000 employees and 2.4 million tonnes of products sold each year, Rungis market generates total revenue of close to €8.8 billion
The Renault Group is active in 118 countries and designs, develops, manufactures and markets passenger cars and light commercial vehicles under three different brands: Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors. To rise to the new environmental and economic challenges faced by today's automobile industry, Renault focuses on two priorities: improving existing technologies through new-generation engines featuring low CO2 emissions and its ground-breaking 'Zero Emission' programme. Renault introduced its 'Zero Emission' range with Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E. in 2011, followed in 2012 by Twizy, an innovative urban quadricycle, and ZOE in 2013. Together, these vehicles form a range which makes innovation a reality for ordinary motorists. Through its partnership with Nissan, Renault aims to become the global leader in mass marketed zero-emission vehicles.