Launched this Wednesday (2) in Curitiba, the VEM PR project will make 10 pure-electric Renault ZOE cars available to public servants in the state of Paraná. The Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI) has loaned the cars for use by Paraná public servants. During the pandemic, the State Department of Health will be initially in charge of the cars, which will be used to fight the coronavirus. The initiative also involves the installation of 10 charging stations in the state’s city capital.
“Taking part in a carsharing project in the state of Paraná, which is home to the corporate headquarters of Renault Brazil, is a source of great pride for us. We do not want to simply sell EVs – our goal is to become a reference in sustainable mobility projects in the domestic market”, said Ricardo Gondo, president at Renault Brazil.
The project is part of a memorandum of understanding signed in February 2020 by Igor Calvet, President at IBDI, and Paraná State Governor Ratinho Junior. It is aimed at implementing real-life technology solutions targeted at smart cities, in order to further the adoption of policies to encourage business models innovation for sustainable urban mobility.
“We are trying to make changes in the machinery of government with sustainable innovative technologies, with the purpose of cutting costs and adapting it to the digital transformation”, said Ratinho Junior, Paraná State Governor. “The public authorities shall have the role of promoting new ideas and paving the way for tests, following in the steps of developed nations”, he adds.
“ABDI is focused on contributing to the broader agenda of encouraging productivity, growth, and innovation through digital transformation and fostering new technologies. Working in collaboration with the Paraná State Government is beneficial to all stakeholders, as it will serve as a living lab to promote real-life cases of smart cities, especially concerning urban mobility, which will be then replicated to other locations. This demonstrates how technology that causes positive social impact can change people's lives for the better”, highlights Igor Calvet, president at ABDI.
The cars are equipped with a carsharing management system developed by the Itaipu Technological Park, at the Living Lab especially created in collaboration with ABDI in the city of Foz do Iguaçu. The MoVe app allows reserving a car, tracking its location, as well as monitoring speed, battery charge and routes taken, among other things. Eligible public servants unlock the cars using their employee ID cards.
“As an institution that promotes research, technology and innovation, our aim is to ensure our solutions benefit all of society and the VEM PR project serves this purpose, especially in the scope of technologies for smart cities. This is one of our key areas of activity and is intended to improve the quality of life of Brazilian citizens”, says Gen. Eduardo Garrido, director superintendent of Itaipu Technological Park.
The memorandum of understanding also provides for the use of technological solutions offered by ABDI in other cities of the Paraná state in the next few years, with the purpose of expanding the integration and productivity in the private and public sectors. The collaboration will run for 40 months.
Paraná is the second Brazilian state to partner with ABDI to drive the use of electric vehicles following the Federal District, which implemented an electric vehicle carsharing pilot project for public agency use, in 2019. The so-called VEM DF project made 16 pure-electric Renault Twizy cars available, as well as 35 charging stations.
A reference in zero emission mobility
Renault is an EV technology pioneer and a reference in zero emission mobility initiatives, with nearly 8,000 pure electric vehicles shared across the world. In Madrid, the Zity carsharing service operates with 650 ZOE, with reservation made via a dedicated app. In France, Zity carsharing is also available via mobile app. The round-the-clock service makes 500 Renault ZOE available in the cities of Paris and Clichy.
In addition to carsharing initiatives, Renault is also involved in smart island projects – aimed at a smart environment and smart living. In Belle-Île-en-Mer (France), 18 ZOE and 2 Kangoo Z.E are used by carsharing and car rental services. Batteries are charged by solar panels, with seven charging points scattered over the island. The initiative also includes the use of second-life batteries. In Porto Santo (Portugal), 14 ZOE and 6 Kangoo Z.E. are used both as a means of transportation and to store solar and wind energy during parts of the day, in order to avoid wasting the energy generated.
Renault also develops a number of zero emission initiatives in Brazil. In Fernando de Noronha, six cars – 3 ZOE, 2 Twizy and 1 Kangoo Z.E. – are used by the local administration. During an event held in 2019, Pernambuco State Governor Paulo Câmara has signed a state executive order declaring that only new all-electric vehicles would be allowed to enter Noronha as of 2022.
Following a collaboration channeled into zero emission mobility entered between Renault and beepbeep, in São Paulo, Renault has made available 30 Renault ZOE for a carsharing system, with reservation made via a dedicated app.
Thanks to a technical cooperation agreement entered with the Itaipu Technological Park (PTI), Renault is involved in EV expansion initiatives channeled into the development of domestic technology. The collaboration is aimed at developing innovative solutions and tools for the electric mobility sector. Itaipu already operates a carsharing system with the Renault Twizy via a dedicated app developed by PTI.
Top-selling EV brand
In 2019, Renault has led the pure electric vehicle market by selling over 100 units in Brazil. Overall, the car manufacturer has sold more than 300 all-electric vehicles in the domestic market, thanks to sales to end consumers or as part of pioneering mobility projects carried out by public or private organizations, such as Itaipu, FedEx, MRV Engineering, CPFL Energy, TPC Group, beepbeep, Graphus, among others.
About Groupe Renault
Groupe Renault has manufactured cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling close to 3.8 million vehicles in 134 countries in 2019, with 40 manufacturing sites, 12,700 points of sales and after-sales and employing more than 180,000 people.
To address the major technological challenges of the future, while continuing to pursue its profitable growth strategy, Groupe Renault is focusing on international expansion. To this end, it is drawing on the synergies of its five brands (Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and LADA), electric vehicles, and its unique alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors. With a 100% Renault owned team committed to the Formula 1 World Championship since 2016, the brand is involved in motorsports, a real vector for innovation and awareness.