The Projejct FlexMobile is also planning to incorporate the usage of electric cars and car sharing into everyday life.
You may remember when in February we have reported about Renault project of establishing first so-called ‘smart island’? The plan was to present possibilities of for usage of solar and wind energy and experience how electric cars could help with that. And while the mentioned project already took off, Renault has now presented another project, this time on French island Belle-Ile-en-Mer, which will be dealing with the question of electric energy to the mentioned island on the coast of southern Brittany.
Mentioned project, named FlexMobile is going to be started soon. Generally, Renault is – with a help of several public and private partners – about to develop a smart electric ecosystem, which should in general help to reduce island’s carbon footprint, while on the same time help to increase energy independence of the island. The project is planned to last for 24 months.
"We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Belle-Île-en-Mer Community of Communes, Morbihan Energie, Les Cars Bleus and Enedis on this project which is unprecedented in France. Our goal is the same as with Porto Santo. That is to say the implementation of global solutions that meet local needs using both tried-and-tested and more recent technologies. It will be possible to carry over the Belle-Île-en-Mer system not just to other islands but also to cities and suburban areas," said Gilles Normand, SVP, Group Electric Vehicle Division, when revealing the plan.
One of the key components of the project is going to be Renault’s service of car sharing, made for both, inhabitants of the island and visitors. Both groups will be able to use Renault ZOE and Kangoo Z.E. cars, which are going to use redundant electric energy, provided by solar panels on public buildings, which could otherwise go to waste.