Renault and energy supplier Eneco will collaborate on a smart charging solution for electric vehicles. Under the terms of an agreement signed today at the COP21 Paris conference, Eneco subsidiary Jedlix will develop a version of its existing smart charging app, adapting it to Renault’s ZOE EV.
This app makes it possible to charge electric cars using renewable energy at times when the market prices are most favorable, such as at night, when the production of sustainable wind energy exceeds demand in most European countries.
It is expected that there will be three million electric vehicles in the whole of Europe by 2020. To reduce CO2 emissions, it is essential that this vehicle fleet will use green power. It is also important to prevent power grid overloads as a result of peaks in demand if all the cars would be charged at the same time. Our app forms a direct link between the electric vehicle and the supply of sustainably generated energy. Consequently, the energy used for charging is more sustainable, energy supply and demand is balanced and the costs of driving an electric vehicle are reduced because users charge their cars at lower rates.—Marc van der Linden, member of the Executive Board of Eneco
A pilot test carried out by Eneco in the Netherlands demonstrates that users can save up to 15% on their electricity costs by using the app. To achieve this, all they have to do is indicate by what time the car must be fully charged and the system will automatically determine the lowest price within this time frame.
Renewable energies feature in 56% of the new electricity power plants built in the world today. In Europe, this figure rises to 72%.