Car-sharing service to launch in Paris
- February 26, 2020
- Posted by: Simon Wait
- Category: Industry News
Groupe Renault and Ferrovial are launching a ZITY free-floating car-sharing service in Paris.
In March 2020, a fleet of 500, 100 per cent electric Renault ZOE cars, equipped with ZITY technology will be made available to Parisians on a self-service basis using a free mobile application. This is a flexible scheme that responds to a strong trend: 20 per cent of the capital’s inhabitants use car-sharing.
This launch in Paris is a new step in the partnership between Groupe Renault, a pioneer of electric vehicles in Europe, and Ferrovial, one of the world’s leading infrastructure operators and urban service providers, which began successfully in 2017 with ZITY, an electric car-sharing service that started in Madrid.
“This strategic partnership with Renault is the evolution of ZITY’s success in Madrid. We are pleased to continue our collaboration bringing the experience and technology developed. It has been key for the user’s acceptance,” said Ignacio Madridejos, CEO of Ferrovial. “Providing sustainable mobility solutions to citizens is a priority in the battle against climate change challenges.”
The next steps in the development of the partnership between Groupe Renault and Ferrovial are subject to authorisation from the European Commission in the area of merger control.
ZITY offers flexibility close to that of owning a private vehicle. Using an app, users can view which Renault ZOE 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 operation takes a few seconds.
The 500 Renault ZOEs have 5 seats and are equipped with a reversing camera and parking sensors, GPS, touch-screen infotainment system and cruise control. Child seats are available in some of the vehicles and those equipped with them can be identified via the mobile application.