Eneco and its subsidiary Jedlix are developing an app specifically for the Renault Zoe that will allow it to charge its batteries at the best times of the day. For example, it will prioritize charging overnight, when demands on the power grid are at their lowest and renewable energy sources like wind power go unused. A pilot program has already begin in the Netherlands, where the app has demonstrated energy savings of up to 15 percent.
Though larger than the Twizy quadricycle, the Zoe is at the smaller end of the electric vehicle lineup under the Renault Nissan Alliance. The supermini hatchback is smaller than the Samsung SM3 ZE (née Renault Fluence ZE), Renault Kangoo ZE, Nissan e-NV200, or Nissan Leaf. The Zoe name first surfaced on a concept car at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, and after several more concept versions, entered production in the form you see here in 2012. It's powered by an electric motor good for 87 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, backed up by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and boasts a range of 150 miles on a full charge.
December 07, 2015
- Agreement signed between electric vehicle leader Renault and energy supplier Eneco on December 7, 2015 at COP21 Paris conference
- Eneco will develop smart charging app for ZOE, Renault's 100% electric compact car
- Renault ZOE users will be able to charge their car at lower costs using renewable energy
Reduced electricity costs for Renault ZOE users in the Netherlands
Eneco subsidiary Jedlix will develop a version of its existing smart charging app, to adapt it to Renault ZOE. This app makes it possible to charge electric cars using renewable energy at times when the market prices are most favourable. Like at night, when the production of sustainable wind energy exceeds demand in most European countries.
Marc van der Linden, member of the Executive Board of Eneco:
"It is expected that there will be three million electric vehicles in the whole of Europe by 2020. To reduce CO2 emissions, it is essential that this vehicle fleet will use green power. It is also important to prevent power grid overloads as a result of peaks in demand if all the cars would be charged at the same time. Our app forms a direct link between the electric vehicle and the supply of sustainably generated energy. Consequently, the energy used for charging is more sustainable, energy supply and demand is balanced and the costs of driving an electric vehicle are reduced because users charge their cars at lower rates."
Eric Feunteun, Electric Vehicle Program Director at Renault:
"Renault electric cars support the energy transition in the automotive industry as they contribute to the replacement of fossil fuels by renewable energies. With smart charging systems like the one developed by Eneco, Renault electric vehicles make a big contribution to power systems' stability and reliability: EVs turn into an asset for the grid rather than create overload. They can store and use electricity when it is less carbon-dependent and cheapest for their owners. Our partnership with Eneco is a move towards making driving a Renault ZOE more interesting and affordable and will contribute to an electric vehicles' scale up".
A pilot test carried out by Eneco in the Netherlands demonstrates that users can save up to 15% on their electricity costs by using the app. To achieve this, all they have to do is indicate by what time the car must be fully charged and the system will automatically determine the lowest price within this time frame. Van der Linden: "I am very proud that we will be launching this smart service together with a leading party in the field of electric transport." The app will first be available for ZOE users in the Netherlands and soon be available in other countries where Eneco operates.
The electric vehicle, a solution to counter global warming
The carbon footprint of electric cars is shrinking fast, with the shift already underway toward the use of renewable energies in the overall energy mix in most countries across the world today. Renewable energies feature in 56% of the new electricity power plants built in the world today. In Europe, this figure rises to 72%.
Renault is the pioneer of affordable all-electric vehicles, and the only carmaker to offer a full range. Renault sees the electric vehicle as an eminently viable countermeasure against global warming.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is an official partner of the COP21 United Nations climate-change summit, providing a fleet of 200 Alliance electric vehicles, including 100 Renault ZOEs, to ferry delegates between Paris and Le Bourget from 30 November to 11 December 2015.
About Eneco / Jedlix
Recently, Eneco founded the company Jedlix with the aim to expand its smart charging services on an international scale. This step is in line with the energy company's aim to make sustainable energy available for everyone. In the near future the service of Jedlix will also be available for other sustainable energy companies.
Groupe Renault has been making cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling more than 2.7 million vehicles in 125 countries in 2013, with 37 manufacturing sites, and employing nearly 118,000 people. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and continue its strategy of profitable growth, Groupe Renault is harnessing its international development and the complementary fit of its three brands, Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors, together with electric vehicles, the Alliance with Nissan, and its partnerships with AVTOVAZ, Daimler and Mitsubishi. With 12 world championship titles in 36 years, Renault's expertise in Formula 1 is equally remarkable, as a vector of innovation, image and awareness.