200 EVs For French Telecom Giant, Orange

The Renault-Nissan Alliance will supply major telecom provider Orange with a fleet of 200 electric vehicles for its needs in France.

Renault-Nissan said it will provide the 200 electric vehicles to Orange by 2015.

Orange added it will use the electric vehicles mostly for car-sharing purposes between its buildings and installations in France. Orange said it currently has about 2,000 pool vehicles in France with about 100 cars (hybrid, electric, diesel, etc.) available for car-sharing purposes. Using the Orange Auto Partage application, the company said employees can book a car for professional or personal use online or via a smartphone.

The Renault-Nissan electric fleet will include the Renault ZOE subcompact, the Renault Kangoo Z.E. van, the Nissan e-NV200 van and the Nissan Leaf. Orange added it already owns a fleet of about thirty tandem 2-seat Twizys it has acquired from Renault in 2012.

“We believe that the use of electric vehicles needs to be encouraged both professionally and privately. Therefore, this agreement with the Renault-Nissan Alliance contributes to helping us meet our commitment to a 20 percent reduction in our CO2 footprint by 2020,” said Hélène Billon, Orange Facilities & Mobility Management director. “By that time, we hope to continue the acquisition of more than 1,000 electric vehicles, notably to account for about one-third of our car-sharing fleet in France.”

Renault-Nissan added it will help Orange in the installation of a network of charging stations at the sites which adopt the car-sharing service.

This electric vehicles procurement agreement between the Alliance and Orange is part of a wider international partnership between the two companies.