Renault to launch smart power system on Spanish island

Renault is teaming up with a Spanish energy company to launch a smart electricity system on the island of Porto Santo. The vehicle and technology manufacturer and Empresa de Electricitade da Madeira (EEM) plan to use electric vehicles (EVs), second-life batteries, smart charging and vehicle-to-grid technology to boost energy independence and decarbonise. The 18-month project […]

Renault opens dedicated electric vehicle store

Renault has opened its first dedicated electric vehicle (EV) “concept” store in Sweden. The car manufacturer said its Renault Electric Vehicle Experience Centre in Stockholm will allow customers to find out the benefits of EVs and learn about charging infrastructure, subsidies and other EV related services. Visitors will also be able to test drive EVs […]

Four more carmakers launch UK scrappage schemes

Four more carmakers have launched scrappage schemes in the UK. Kia, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen have announced deals through which owners of cars registered before 2010 could save money by trading in their older vehicles for a new model. Those wishing to buy low emissions cars from Kia, Nissan and Renault could save up to […]

Renault-Nissan sign Chinese EV partnership

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has teamed up with a Chinese car manufacturer to sell electric vehicles (EVs). The new joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group is called eGT New Energy Automotive Co and will operate in China, the world’s largest market for electric vehicles. Renault and Nissan will each hold 25% of the joint venture with […]

Renault and Powervault repurpose EV batteries for domestic storage

Renault and Powervault are partnering to reuse electric vehicle (EV) batteries in domestic energy storage units. The collaboration is expected to reduce the cost of a Powervault smart battery unit by 30%, helping bring home energy storage closer to the tipping point of mass-market commercialisation by offering the best return on investment for customers. The trial will […]

Renault ‘to get rid of diesel engines in European cars’

Renault could stop offering diesel engines in most of its European cars, according to reports. The decision follows a review of the cost to ensure these cars meet tighter emissions standards following the Volkswagen scandal. In a meeting with Renault’s bosses in July, reports claim Chief Competitiveness Officer Thierry Bollore is said to have shown […]

Renault to develop Dutch smart solar charging EV network

Renault is to develop a network of smart solar charging solutions for electric vehicles (EVs) in the Netherlands. It has signed a letter of intent with Dutch Utrecht City Council and smart technology companies ElaadNL and LomboXnet for the project. Under the agreement, Renault will supply a fleet of 150 EVs through 2017 to the […]

France confirms no emissions defeat device in Renault engines

Renault doesn’t use any software which deceives emissions tests, the French Government has announced. Minister of Sustainable Development, Energy & Environment Segolénè Royal confirmed it yesterday following reports the car manufacturer’s sites were raided. It comes after the Volkswagen scandal, which affected more than one million vehicles worldwide. France is analysing 100 vehicles, out of which 25 are […]

Carmakers join Clegg’s £9m low carbon car scheme

Major manufacturers BMW, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Vauxhall are all joining a new ‘Go Ultra Low’ campaign to persuade drivers to get greener cars. Launched by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today (pictured), the scheme puts more than £9 million towards creating hundreds more charging points across the country. This includes 140 new rapid chargepoints […]

Electric racing could help flog 77 million EVs

The new all-electric Formula E Championship will help the car industry sell an extra 77 million electric vehicles (EVs) over the course of 25 years. That’s according to a new report by accounting firm EY, which was launched at an event in London this week where Renault’s Formula E car (pictured) was shown off for […]