Last Saturday (June 8), Renault delivered the first all-electric cars to Fernando de Noronha’s administration. Six cars – 3 ZOE, 2 Twizy and 1 Kangoo Z.E. – and four chargers have been loaned for use of the local administration.
Collaboration between Renault and the archipelago’s administration is part of the Noronha Zero Carbon Project that sets forth the use of all-electric vehicles in Fernando de Noronha, which is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site since 2001.
Last week, Pernambuco state governor Paulo Câmara signed a decree-law laying down that the island will be an electric-vehicle only island as of August 10, 2022 – only internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles already in use on that date will be allowed to remain in operation. The new legislation also sets forth that the island will become fully electric and all ICE vehicles will be banned after 2030.
“Renault is implementing another sustainable mobility solution in Brazil. We are honored to be partnering with the Fernando de Noronha administration, as the archipelago is a benchmark for environmental protection both in Brazil and worldwide”, said Ricardo Gondo, president at Renault Brazil.
In addition to loaning all-electric cars for use of the local administration, Renault is also offering its EVs to Fernando de Noronha residents, with special payment terms. Upon signature of the decree-law, the administration has announced the number of ecological permits that will be issued for those willing to buy an EV following the environmental provisions.
“We aim at zeroing the island’s carbon emissions by 2030, in the framework of the Noronha +20 project, which governs the sustainability principles broadly applicable to the public administration. With the use of electric vehicles, the Noronha Zero Carbon project is just the beginning of a set of new sustainable options targeted at the island’s mobility and energy mix”, said Guilherme Rocha, the local Administrator.
Since 2013, Renault Brazil has been selling its EVs through collaborations entered with approximately 20 organizations that implemented sustainable mobility projects with its models ZOE, Twizy, Kangoo Z.E. and Fluence Z.E., including Porto Seguro, FedEx, CPFL and Itaipu, among others. With more than 200 Renault EVs already seen on Brazilian roads, it is the top brand of all-electric cars in Brazil.
For example, in Fernando de Noronha, CELPE (electricity distributor, Neoenergia group) uses a Kangoo Z.E. since 2015. The all-electric van is exclusively powered by solar panels and is being tested for its operational performance with a focus on environmental protection.
Since Renault made the ZOE available to end consumers in Brazil, during the 2018 edition of the São Paulo Motor Show, 20 ZOE have been delivered to end consumers and a new batch has already arrived to meet new orders.
Groupe Renault has pioneered in the EV segment worldwide. However, Renault is not only committed to designing, manufacturing and selling cars – it also offers sustainable mobility solutions.
Mobility solutions in Brazil
Last April, Renault started to operate an all-electric mobility solution targeted at Cubo Itaú’s more than one thousand residents in addition to Renault’s over 300 employees who work at its São Paulo Office, in the Vila Olímpia district.
The employee carsharing program in São Paulo follows the recent initiative implemented by Renault after a POC (Proof of Concept) carried out at its Ayrton Senna Complex, in São José dos Pinhais, Paraná, where it makes its company car fleet available to company employees through the Renault Mobility app. The carsharing service is available 24/7 and employees can make reservations to pick up and drop off a car at their place of work.
Another example of carsharing initiative is the collaboration entered between Renault and engineering firm MRV. In this case, a Renault ZOE EV was available for carsharing among the residents of a gated community. MRV will soon launch a similar project in a gated community in the city of São Paulo.
Mobility projects worldwide
- Moov’In Paris: carsharing service for immediate reservation via mobile app. Designed in France, the service offers 100 ZOE and 20 Twizy at 0.39 euros a minute in Paris and Clichy.
- Zity: The carsharing service operates with more than 650 ZOE in Madrid, Spain.
- Smart Island: the collaboration with public and private organizations is channeled into smart grids, connected, smart and eco-friendly vehicles, as well as second-life electric car batteries. In Porto Santo (Portugal), 14 ZOE and 6 Kangoo Z.E. are in operation, while in Belle-Île-en-Mer (France), 18 ZOE and 2 Kangoo Z.E used by carsharing and car rental services.
- Renault Mobility: available in Paris, the carsharing app allows booking in advance.
- Marcel: 24/7 ride-hailing service that uses the ZOE EV in Paris.
Best-selling all-electric compact car in Europe, the ZOE is available in the domestic market in the Intense trim version at a MSRP of R$ 149.990. In Brazil, the all-electric car is available for purchase both online (site https://eletricos.renault.com.br/
) or at two brick-and-mortar dealerships: Sinal, in São Paulo, and Globo, in Curitiba.
Thanks to the new Z.E.40 battery, the ZOE has a driving range of 300km (WLTP cycle). Charged from a 22kW three-phase power outlet, it takes just 1 hour and 40 minutes to recharge 80% of its full battery capacity.
The energy density of the Z.E. 40 battery has been boosted – a major innovation that involved increasing the battery’s storage capacity without making it bigger or a lot heavier.
The ZOE boasts a highly energy-efficient motor and an improved electronic management system for the battery, which caps the car’s energy use during operation while delivering the same power. The R90 is an all-Renault motor that was released in early 2015.
The ZOE embodies the group’s excellence in electric vehicle design, and it has spearheaded Renault’s Z.E. technology since its launch, benefiting in particular from regenerative braking and heat pumps to maximize the driving range.
The ZOE is responsive, easy to handle and enjoyable to drive, with a chassis tailored to the specific characteristics of electric vehicles and specially tuned steering, tires and shock absorbers.
- The R90 electric motor instantly delivers a maximum torque of 22.9 kgfm, producing brisk acceleration and pickup from low speeds. The car effectively accelerates from a standstill to 50kph – the normal speed limit in city driving situations – in just four seconds.
- Acceleration is smooth and linear with no gearshifts. Drivers feel like they have the best automatic transmission on the market.
- Because the ZOE is an electric car, it is quiet and restful to drive, with no engine noise or vibrations.
- The noise levels measured inside the ZOE’s cabin at speeds of between 40 and 75kph range from 60 to 65dB. That is two to three times quieter than an equivalent internal combustion engine car.
Kangoo Z.E. stands out as both pioneer and market leader in the small electric van segment in Europe, having tallied over 25,000 sales since its launch in October 2011. Made in France, Kangoo Z.E. offers unrivalled driving range in the LCV market, achieving 270km over an NEDC cycle. In real-world use as a delivery vehicle, this corresponds to a range of between 120 and 200km on a single charge (depending on the type of terrain, temperature, wind, driving style, etc.). The R60 motor delivers 44kW (60hp) and is based on the R90 motor that also powers ZOE.
The two-seater Twizy is the ultimate urban vehicle. Thanks to its small footprint, it is agile and versatile, especially when parking spaces are at a premium. Equipped with a lithium-ion battery, its synchronous-electric motor offers 17 hp of power and 5.8 kgfm of torque. Maximum speed tops 85 km/h and driving range reaches 100 km.
About Groupe Renault
Groupe Renault has manufactured cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling close to 3.9 million vehicles in 134 countries in 2018, with 36 manufacturing sites, 12,700 points of 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.