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electric car charging: Mobilize simplicity serves Renault 5 E-Tech electric 

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electric car charging: Mobilize simplicity serves Renault 5 E-Tech electric

The iconic little city car born in 1972 is reinventing itself. Its ambition is once again to make its mark. But how? By embodying a response to the technological, social and environmental challenges of today’s mobility in a way that is both committed and exciting. Mobilize, the Renault Group brand dedicated to new, low-carbon forms of mobility, is helping to meet this challenge.

  • brand vision
  • electric vehicle
  • energy transition

AN OFFER combining Renault Group skills and expertise

Its unique and emotional design is not its only asset. Renault 5 E-Tech electric is a perfect expression of the Renault Group’s multi-specialist strategy.  

 

First and foremost, it proudly bears the Renault brand image and its innovations with human added value. Renault 5 E-Tech electric is intuitive and warm, comfortable, safe, connected, simple… 

 

It also embodies the advanced technologies and competitive advantages developed by Ampere, the Renault Group entity specialising in electric vehicles and software. Its unique platform dedicated to small 100% electric vehicles and the strength of its European industrial ecosystem make the Renault 5 E-Tech electric a cutting-edge car, while allowing it to be sold at an affordable price. 

 

Last but not least, this 100% electric model benefits from Mobilize’s expertise in electric recharging.  

THE MOBILIZE ECOSYSTEM simplifies the charge of an electric car

Mobilize offers a range of products and services that accelerate the transition to mobility that emits fewer greenhouse gases and consumes fewer natural resources. The cars designed by Renault Group brands rely on Mobilize to enhance their users’ experience. Renault 5 E-Tech electric is undoubtedly the most striking such example. 

 

To plug in the Renault 5 E-Tech electric at home or in the office, Mobilize Power Solutions offers the installation of recharging points in private access areas. This is particularly true of the brand-new Mobilize PowerBox charging point, whose unexpected powers are described in more detail below.  

 

At home, Mobilize Smart Charge offers an intelligent, low-cost recharging solution. It’s an application that controls vehicle charging to coincide with the times when electricity is most available on the grid, i.e. when it’s mainly low-carbon and cheap. This saves around 20% on the cost of electric charging. 

 

As for recharging on the road or in the street, Mobilize Charge Pass makes it as easy as possible. A single card gives access to more than 600,000 public charging points in 25 European countries, with payment on recharging. What’s more, by activating Mobilize Charge Pass on the My Renault application, users can take advantage of the Mobilize Plug & Charge function at a large number of direct current (DC) charging points on fast lanes.     With this truly “hands-free” mode, all you have to do is plug in Renault 5 E-Tech electric to start charging and secure invoicing, without having to take out a card or code. 

THE RENAULT 5 E-TECH ELECTRIC: a real energy player via Mobilize services

The new Ampere platform dedicated to B-segment electric vehicles gives the Renault 5 E-Tech electric significant competitive advantages in terms of architecture and electrical and electronic innovations. This is particularly true of the vehicle’s on-board charger.  

 

Renault 5 E-Tech electric is launching a new 11 kW bidirectional alternating current (AC) charger. Combined with the Mobilize PowerBox bi-directional charging point and the Mobilize electricity contract, it enables users to benefit from bi-directional charging. Part of the electricity stored in the vehicle’s battery can then be used to power an electrical appliance in the home, such as a barbecue or hoover. This is known as ‘V2L’ (vehicle-to-load). But the R5 goes even further: its charger is also compatible with the V2G (vehicle-to-grid) service, which allows the car to feed carbon-free electricity back into the grid. Thanks to this new charger, the Renault 5 E-Tech electric can not only charge at times when the supply of electricity is greater than demand on the grid, i.e. with the lowest carbon electricity possible, but also “charge the grid” when the supply of electricity is less than demand. In other words, the electric vehicle smoothes out peaks in supply and peaks in demand on the energy grid. The result? The intermittency of electricity production from renewable energy sources (solar, wind, etc.) is no longer an obstacle to their use! This will encourage the production of low-carbon electricity and improve the local energy mix. 

 

The V2G system, pioneered on the Renault 5 E-Tech electric and set to become standard on all Renault Group vehicles, places the vehicle at the heart of the energy ecosystem. Using the different Mobilize services mentioned above, a Renault 5 E-Tech electric equipped with the bi-directional AC charger becomes a real lever for decarbonisation. 


THE MOBILIZE POWERBOX, essential for two-way recharging

Mobilize is launching the Mobilize PowerBox charging point and its bidirectional version, called Mobilize PowerBox Verso. This innovation was designed in collaboration with teams from the Software République, a European collaborative ecosystem for safe and sustainable mobility, founded by several major companies including Renault Group. Manufactured in France, Verso develops power of up to 22 kW in alternating current (AC) and is compatible with all electric and rechargeable hybrid vehicles.  

 

Mobilize PowerBox Verso communicates with the Renault 5 E-Tech electric bi-directional charger and the cloud to – according to circumstances – either recharge the vehicle’s battery or send electricity back to the grid. Depending on the need to recharge the battery, domestic requirements and the incentives of the energy market and the public grid, Mobilize PowerBox Verso circulates the current between the car and the home, at the highest level of electrical safety, durability of the installations and the battery, and cyber security. 

A MOBILIZE ELECTRICITY CONTRACT completes the V2G system

To take advantage of the two-way V2G (vehicle to grid) function, the Mobilize PowerBox Verso terminal must be associated with a specific electricity contract. Marketed by Mobilize, and designed in technological partnership with The Mobility House, this contract guarantees green electricity and enables the energy returned to the grid to be monetised thanks to the automated control of the bidirectional charge. On the one hand, users benefit from electricity at a rate that is as competitive as the reference market price, and on the other, they can earn income from the resale of the electricity. In France, for example, this income could cover up to 50% of the cost of home charging. The Mobilize V2G service will be available from the launch of the Renault 5 E-Tech electric in 2024 in France and Germany, and in 2025 in the UK. 

Together with the various stakeholders in the Renault Group ecosystem – the Ampere and Software République entities, and of course the Renault brand and its network – Mobilize is taking a pivotal role in adding another dimension to the automobile. For the first time, with Renault 5 E-Tech electric, an individual vehicle is becoming a key player in our energy ecosystem. 

individual mobility: a change of gear

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individual mobility: a change of gear

The transport landscape has never been quite as dynamic as it is today. The vast range of transport solutions and mobility apps that are currently available now allow everyone to take the driving seat when embarking on a journey. Real-life Mario Kart game, anyone?! Car subscription services, on-demand rental, multimodal transport solutions, shared mobility… What matters most is no longer the type of transport we choose, but rather the effect our travel decisions have on easing traffic congestion and in turn reducing the associated greenhouse gas emissions. Keen to secure pole position in the race to travel more sustainably? Mobilize offers a range of solutions that are guaranteed to be right up your street! Time for a closer look.

  • brand vision
  • shared mobility
  • transport on demand

Zity by Mobilize: the any time, any place urban car-sharing service

Based on the ‘free floating’ principle, which allows vehicles to be dropped off and picked up anywhere at all, Zity gives drivers access to 1,300 all-electric self-service vehicles (Renault Zoés and Dacia Springs) scattered around the streets of several major European cities, including Madrid, Paris, Lyon and Milan. Short-term car-sharing has never been so easy! Because Zity by Mobile is also an application to locate, book, unlock and return a vehicle, all with a simple tap of the screen.

Mobilize Share: the country-wide flexible car-sharing solution

Need a vehicle for 1 hour, 1 day or 1 month? Renting a vehicle that suits your ad hoc needs is easy with the Mobilize Share app. Car-share vehicles can be picked up from numerous designated locations that are part of the Renault Group network… meaning there’s sure to be one somewhere nearby! This means that any trip can be managed without hassle-free!

Bipi: the “on-demand” personal car rental service

Built around the principle of a platform that provides access to a vast range of vehicles, Bipi allows users to swap their car at will to suit their current needs and desires. The monthly subscription is all-inclusive, covering the rental charge, insurance, maintenance, assistance, etc. It can be easily managed and adjusted online as and when required. Offering a brand-new approach to the way cars are used, Bipi gives everyone easy access to the perfect individual mobility solution without having to buy a car.

Mobilize Fleet Monitoring: your corporate car fleet at a glance

The Mobilize Fleet Connect Iris Live service is a fully integrated car fleet management system that allows fleet managers to keep a watchful eye on their vehicles by giving them real-time remote access to all the data each vehicle has generated. It offers the perfect way of tracking each car’s usage rate, calculating fuel consumption, and assessing the ageing of each fleet… enabling fleet managers to make better informed decisions.

Mobilize Driver Solutions: the all-inclusive solution for chauffeurs

For 3 months or 3 years, Driver Solutions gives private chauffeurs and taxi drivers access to the Mobilize Limo, an all-electric luxury sedan accompanied by a full range of related services that can be tailored to their requirements: maintenance, insurance, guarantees, etc. The aim? Encourage professional drivers to sign up for the Mobilize package rather than buying a vehicle themselves, with a view to simplifying their business and making it more cost-effective.

Mobilize Duo and Bento: a new take on cars

Veritable urban micro-vehicles, the Duo and Bento provide a brand-new, all-electric and connected way to get from A to B. The Duo is a two-seater quadricycle that can nip around the city streets with ease. Both a car-sharing version and a no-licence version will be available when the solution is launched at the end of 2023. The Bento is the utility version that is due to hit the market in 2024. This particular model boasts a 700-litre box on the back, making it the perfect solution for last-mile deliveries. Constraint-free urban mobility at its best! Just like the Limo, the Duo and Bento will not be available for purchase: they will be marketed as a subscription package that includes a comprehensive range of services.

Mobilize Iléo Concept, the urban development that turns charging electric vehicles into a matter of course

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Mobilize Iléo Concept, the urban development that turns charging electric vehicles into a matter of course

Recharging one’ s mobile phone, which has become an essential part of everyday life, is not a problem. Why should recharging a car be? Patrick Lecharpy, Mobilize Design Director, and Patrick Jouin, Urban Design Specialist, explain us how Iléo Concept was born out of the observation of the use of new forms of mobility, particularly electric and shared forms.

  • brand vision
  • electric vehicle
  • shared mobility

 

Mobilize offers an urban development concept that brings energy closer to where it is needed. Mobilize Iléo Concept not only allows you to recharge your car, but also to take advantage of this break to sit down, read, or enjoy a moment of conviviality, sheltered from the rain or heat. Easily identifiable from afar and harmoniously integrated into the city, this street furniture creates a real landscape.

Mobilize Share, car rental and car sharing in all circumstances

KEYNOTE

Mobilize Iléo Concept, the urban development that turns charging electric vehicles into a matter of course

Recharging one’ s mobile phone, which has become an essential part of everyday life, is not a problem. Why should recharging a car be? Patrick Lecharpy, Mobilize Design Director, and Patrick Jouin, Urban Design Specialist, explain us how Iléo Concept was born out of the observation of the use of new forms of mobility, particularly electric and shared forms.

  • brand vision
  • electric vehicle
  • shared mobility

 

Mobilize offers an urban development concept that brings energy closer to where it is needed. Mobilize Iléo Concept not only allows you to recharge your car, but also to take advantage of this break to sit down, read, or enjoy a moment of conviviality, sheltered from the rain or heat. Easily identifiable from afar and harmoniously integrated into the city, this street furniture creates a real landscape.

Mobilize Fast Charge, soon 200 charging stations for electrified vehicles in Europe

KEYNOTE

Mobilize Iléo Concept, the urban development that turns charging electric vehicles into a matter of course

Recharging one’ s mobile phone, which has become an essential part of everyday life, is not a problem. Why should recharging a car be? Patrick Lecharpy, Mobilize Design Director, and Patrick Jouin, Urban Design Specialist, explain us how Iléo Concept was born out of the observation of the use of new forms of mobility, particularly electric and shared forms.

  • brand vision
  • electric vehicle
  • energy transition

 

Mobilize offers an urban development concept that brings energy closer to where it is needed. Mobilize Iléo Concept not only allows you to recharge your car, but also to take advantage of this break to sit down, read, or enjoy a moment of conviviality, sheltered from the rain or heat. Easily identifiable from afar and harmoniously integrated into the city, this street furniture creates a real landscape.

Mobilize, the brand that goes beyond automotive

KEYNOTE

Mobilize Iléo Concept, the urban development that turns charging electric vehicles into a matter of course

Recharging one’ s mobile phone, which has become an essential part of everyday life, is not a problem. Why should recharging a car be? Patrick Lecharpy, Mobilize Design Director, and Patrick Jouin, Urban Design Specialist, explain us how Iléo Concept was born out of the observation of the use of new forms of mobility, particularly electric and shared forms.

  • brand vision

 

Mobilize offers an urban development concept that brings energy closer to where it is needed. Mobilize Iléo Concept not only allows you to recharge your car, but also to take advantage of this break to sit down, read, or enjoy a moment of conviviality, sheltered from the rain or heat. Easily identifiable from afar and harmoniously integrated into the city, this street furniture creates a real landscape.

Mobilize and women’s rugby, representing shared values

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Mobilize and women’s rugby, representing shared values

Lace up your boots. Break out the camphor. Mobilize has announced a partnership with the French women’s rugby team and now features predominantly on the team shirt.

This alliance is not by chance. Rugby reflects a mindset aligned with Mobilize. The desire to get out on the field and be ready for action. Playing as a team to get ahead in the game. Through this partnership, Mobilize hopes to show that “French flair” is a perfect fit with the women’s game, while scoring a win for sustainable mobility.

  • brand vision

1) Team spirit, a shared priority!

A rugby team is never just 15 individuals making up the numbers. To create a group, you need synergy on the field. Each person has their own role while supporting the others. The forwards must be able to rely on the fly- and scrum-half and their three-quarters for their efforts to produce results.

Ultimately, rugby represents an entire ecosystem that goes well beyond the field, from the players through to the staff. “When there is no more ball, there are still friends,” said Jean-Pierre Rives. This approach works even better with this sisterhood of the French women’s team who are professional players for the majority of their time while still holding down a part-time job. Solidarity is key to creating the perfect conditions for cooperative training at the highest level.

Similarly, Mobilize and the Renault Group are contributing in their own field, by supporting players training for a career change, once their international rugby journey comes to an end. A forward-looking and winning approach! Clearly, the mentality of the French national team is as valuable in competition as it is in business.

 

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2) Mobility on the field as in life

First and foremost, rugby is a game of movement. And while you sometimes have to hold on to the ball, it’s only to get the action going again and reach the end goal. As a sustainable mobility brand, this philosophy of movement clearly resonates with Mobilize. Especially since a team not only moves about on the field, but also between games.

That’s why transport needs are important, not just for the French women’s rugby team, but for clubs at all levels, and for the spectators who go to matches. Having an expert partner you can rely on, with a renowned local and international reputation in mobility services, is essential.

 

3) The need to challenge stereotypes and open up new perceptions

Rugby is a sport that requires the utmost physical and mental commitment. The men’s version of the sport is often referred to as “a thug’s game played by gentlemen”.

It calls for a fighting spirit and perseverance which is clearly reflected in the women’s game. However, the stereotypes associated with this sport still need revisiting.

As an activist brand, Mobilize relates to this combative attitude and this determination to change perceptions, in particular by demonstrating that transportation is not only about cars. You can be a “game-changer” and still play by the rules. Rugby, however rough it may be, promotes values that remain the same for everyone. This combination leaves room for different approaches to the same sport and epitomizes the Mobilize mentality.

Mobilize and women’s rugby represent shared values and an ambition to make their mark. Whether on the field or out on the road, it’s about a stubborn determination to push the boundaries and encourage new ways of looking at the world.

 

* Jean-Pierre Rives is a famous French rugby player, who was most active between 1967 and 1986. He played for the French national team as a flanker.

 

Photo credits: Julien Poupart; Inigo Brothers / France Rugby

Mobilize, committed partner of women’s rugby

Mobilize, the Renault Group brand dedicated to new mobility, has become partner for French Women’s Rugby and the main partner of the Women’s XV of France.
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Mobilize shares its vision for an ecological and accessible mobility at the Dubai 2020 World Expo

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Mobilize shares its vision for an ecological and accessible mobility at the Dubai 2020 World Expo

“Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” is the theme of this exhibition, held in Dubai from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. Three core values – boldness, optimism and collectiveness – are firmly upheld by the French pavilion, which are also perfectly aligned with Mobilize’s vision for greener transport. We will explain how.

  • brand vision

1) Dare to be bold

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You need to be bold to conquer the future, with the Mobilize brand unrivalled in that sense. Created by the Renault Group, Mobilize has been designed to fully tackle the challenges of the modern world, no matter how complex they may be. Its push towards “0 CO2” is embodied by the crossed out circle in its logo. The brand has therefore invested in new sectors and activities, drawing on an ecosystem that overlaps the realms of transport, technology and energy.

 

But this boldness requires investment and everyone must benefit from the testing of unchartered waters. Through its wide range and abundance of activities, Mobilize is currently pursuing two objectives, which, in its eyes, are inter-dependent: to achieve carbon neutrality and to improve everyone’s quality of life. One example of this is electric vehicles that certainly have their role to play in overcoming today’s challenges.

 

2) Grow in optimism

You know where you are heading, but your final destination may not be in sight. However, there is no need to panic; Mobilize is currently developing tools for the last leg of your journey, such as smart charging for electric vehicle users. Artificial intelligence reduces the cost of charging your car at home, as well as your carbon footprint. But that’s not all. Electric vehicles literally become an energy source for the entire grid, thanks to “vehicle-to-grid” technology. Mobilize aims to further develop this virtuous circle: to make batteries a key component of urban ecology in the decades to come, encouraging the production of low-carbon electricity from renewable energy sources by circumventing the issue of their intermittence.

 

Optimism is also the most realistic value upheld by Mobilize, which, through some of its key projects, responds to criticism levelled at lithium-ion batteries, whose lifespan is thought to be limited to that of the vehicle they power. But that is not the case when they are recycled, as the Renault Group is doing through its partnership with Solvay and Veolia. And above all not the case when a new post-automobile life is envisaged for these batteries, such as their re-use in energy storage devices. This may seem like a fantasy, but it isn’t. Launched in 2018 and carried out in France and Germany, the Advanced Battery Storage (ABS) project aims to use Renault ZOE batteries to reach a total installed capacity of 70 MWh.

3) Embrace the collective

Collectiveness is the key to future success. “Go on! Take the lead and go it alone!” Or should we say: “Follow the guides and work together! Because going it alone is no longer the answer.” We must collaborate to create the vehicles of tomorrow. To solve the transport conundrum, which means meeting increasingly varied needs, we must draw on and combine complementary, high-level expertise. It is with this in mind that Mobilize works together with local and regional authorities and transport sector players.

 

Mobilize is more than just a brand; it’s an ecosystem of projects, researchers and partners, from new start-ups to industry leaders such as BlaBlaCar, RATP or Uber, at the intersection of the worlds of transport, energy and data. Everyone, from individuals to the collective and to businesses, has a vested interest in the evolution of these practices, in order to improve our quality of life or to address environmental concerns.  “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”: challenge accepted! In Dubai or just round the corner.

taking stock of Mobilize’s presence at VivaTech 2021

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taking stock of Mobilize’s presence at VivaTech 2021

At the main European technology event held in Paris in June, Mobilize, the new Renault Group brand, illustrated its desire to act across the entire electric mobility value chain to improve everyone’s life. Vehicles and dedicated services: we take stock!

  • brand vision

VivaTech is a major event in technological innovation attended by the heads of digital giants, such as the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, leading French companies and start-ups. This year’s event was held at the Porte de Versailles exhibition park from 16 to 19 June and attracted the sector’s finest. One of the stands that caused quite a stir was that of Mobilize, the Renault Group’s new brand, which has clearly stated its ambition to go beyond automotive. This is an unprecedented challenge for the Group, which is committed to creating services, partnerships and skills that involve mobility, energy and data.

 

VivaTech was Mobilize’s first public showing, with a stand bearing the brand’s colours and style and a design illustrating Mobilize’s services and solutions that will make mobility more lasting and responsible. The presentation proved successful, since one visitor in every four to the show visited the stand.

HIGHLIGHT 1: Three vehicles devoted to shared mobility services

Three 100%-electric vehicles were actually present on the Mobilize stand, and – a rare occurrence in the automobile sector – were designed not to be sold, but to show the services of shared, rented mobility, as Clotilde Delbos, CEO of the Mobilize brand, explained.

 

The first prototype presented was the Mobilize DUO, a compact, connected two-seater designed for its automatic sharing possibilities. Based on circular economy principles, the Mobilize DUO design aims to incorporate 50% of recycled materials in its manufacture and to be 95% recyclable at the end of its lifespan. Mobilize DUO will be available in 2023.

 

The second vehicle presented on the stand was the Mobilize HIPPO. This light utility vehicle is designed for deliveries in urban and suburban areas, and “zero emission” areas. Several interchangeable loading modules will be available to meet different requirements, with a loading capacity of 200 kilos and up to some 3m3.

 

And finally, the third vehicle presented was the Mobilize BENTO, which is designed for the transport and delivery of less cumbersome items and has a cargo box attached to the back of the vehicle, which could be as big as one cubic meter.

HIGHLIGHT 2: Alliances for simplified, more ecological mobility

The host of new mobility services and their “in silo” use can present problems for the mobile user, which is why Mobilize also presented its Mobilité 360 project in a keynote speech. There are four major mobility players behind this initiative: BlaBlaCar, the RATP group, Uber and Mobilize. Jean-Christophe Labarre, head of Mobilize innovation and strategic partnerships, explained how this alliance came about: “Mobilité360 is four majors players in mobility working together to have an impact on mobility services and ensure that offers are simpler, more ecological and less costly. Today, it is difficult to go from point A to point B. It’s complex. There are too many applications on our smartphones and the offers are too fragmented.”

 

With Mobilité360, Mobilize and its partners are committed to working together to offer mobility solutions for towns and citizens that are simpler, greener, lasting and shared. Laureline Serieys, General manager of Uber France , who emphasized that the Californian company had joined Mobilité360 in order to “pool our services for a multimodal approach and better-flowing traffic”. She also noted that Uber aimed to see electric vehicles make up 50% of its fleet by 2025. Uber is counting on Mobilize expertise to manage this change. “On average, drivers cover some 250 km per day. If they have an electric car, they need a solid infrastructure behind them. To that end, it will need to help develop the network of charging stations. This is the direction Mobilize is heading in”.

HIGHLIGHT 3: Energy transition: how Mobilize is accompanying the regions

One of the other areas of development for Mobilize is to accompany the various regions in their energy transition. This was the subject of another Mobilize intervention, in partnership with Qovoltis, a specialist in intelligent charging stations. Alain Ballu, Vice-President for Energy Business at Mobilize, noted: “Partnerships are in our DNA. Working with start-ups like Qovoltis enables us to put forward innovative proposals in our regions. Renault Group is a pioneer in the Smart Island concept. Our first project was launched on the island of Porto Santo in 2018 with the aim of it reaching carbon neutrality by 2030”.

 

At VivaTech, Mobilize also announced a project run in partnership with the town council of Ile d’Yeu, Enedis and Qovoltis. “Our joint ambition is to develop a whole ecosystem to accompany the island in its energy transition”, said Alain Ballu. On Ile d’Yeu, the local use of solar energy is thus optimized thanks to the electric vehicles that hook up to the network. Ehsan Emami, the Chairman and Founder of Qovoltis, highlighted one of the start-up’s innovations: integrated V2G. “In off-peak hours, when there is abundant electricity, cars can charge at a lower cost and replenish their batteries. At peak times, your car could also provide electricity for your home and reduce the charging on the network. This is the first step towards a carbon-free future”.

HIGHLIGHT BONUS: Batteries never die

Over this very busy week for Mobilize at VivaTech, the Renault Group brand announced an industrial partnership with the German start-up, Betteries, to extend the lifespan of electric car batteries by giving them a second life.

Between their first life as part of the vehicles and their recycling, the batteries can continue to provide energy for numerous applications. With Betteries, Mobilize plans to develop a modular mobile energy system that will be made from batteries from electric cars. As the system will be easy to transport, it will be able to satisfy numerous uses when hooking up to the electricity network is impossible: on construction sites, at events and even on small electric boats. This portable energy storage system will be produced at Renault Group’s Re-Factory at Flins in France.