Renault Launches Paris Car-Share Operation

While other automakers are scaling back on their mobility plans, Renault has ramped them up with the launch of a new car-share scheme in Paris.

It has teamed up with infrastructure specialist Ferrovial to launch its a Zity free-floating car-sharing service in the French capital. Next month, a fleet of 500 Renault Zoe BEV cars, equipped with car-share technology will be made available to Parisians on a self-service basis using a free mobile application. The move comes after BMW and Daimler announced their mobility strategy was being scaled back at the end of last year.

Renault chose the city because about 20% of the capital’s mobility-savvy inhabitants are already using some form of car-sharing. The automaker’s partner has also run the Zity service from 2017 in the Spanish capital of Madrid.

Using an app, consumers can view which vehicle is closest to their position and reserve the car instantly. When they get to the car, it can be unlocked via the app. To end the rental, the vehicle must be parked in Paris, on any public sparking space above ground and locked.

The operator claims competitive rates with no registration or subscription fees and the scheme offers a variety of rates, including, per minute, a fixed time slots or time credit with “economy packs”. Users can also use a “stand-by” option to keep the vehicle when parking up for a short time without incurring extra costs.

Vehicle battery levels are also guaranteed which, when falling below minimum levels, the vehicle is no longer available for hire and is taken in hand by the Zity teams to recharge it. Gilles Normand, senior vice-president, electric vehicles and mobility services, Groupe Renault, said: “The Zity electric car-sharing service in free-floating offer has many advantages, including flexible booking times and the availability of vehicles, in the right place at the right time, thanks to a high-performance application.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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