Islands just got smarter

Islands just got smarter

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Renault is turning Belle-Île-en-Mer into a smart island. The location lies off the coast of southern Brittany in France.

The car giant has partnered with Morbihan Energies, Les Cars Bleus and Enedi to develop the FlexMob’île smart electric ecosystem to reduce the island's carbon footprint and boost its energy independence.

Staring next year, Belle-Île-en-Mer residents and visitors will get access to a new carsharing service featuring a fleet of electric cars. The vehicles will be powered by a network of charging stations that will lean on surplus energy produced by solar panels installed on roofs of the island’s public buildings.

Renault says is will be possible to transfer the Belle-Île-en-Mer system to other islands, as well as to cities and suburban areas.

The project follows on from the company’s smart fossil-free island initiative that has been up and running since February on the island of Porto Santo in Portugal’s Madeira archipelago. The programme uses EVs, second-life batteries, smart charging and vehicle-to-grid technologies to support the production of renewable energy.

e-Overview: When it comes to future mobility, everyone is looking to expand beyond the brief. For Renault this means renewables and smarter living; for VW, it’s about sharing EVs in the city; for energy giants Shell and Total the push is into EV recharging capabilities – Volvo, on the other hand, likes the idea of vehicle subscriptions.

Image: Renault

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