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Renault and Boulogne-Billancourt open first European test center for electric vehicles

Pierre-Christophe Baguet - Mayor of Boulogne-Billancourt - and Carlos Tavares, Chief Operating Officer for Operations Renault, Renault ZE have inaugurated the Centre (Zero Emission), located in Boulogne-Billancourt.

With a reception area and DEDICATED exposure to Electric Vehicles, as well as a test track situated on the Ile Seguin, historic heart of Renault, the center, serving customers and future customers Renault was the first to be opened in Europe by an automaker.

From January 2012, the Centre will be open to the public and commercial network of Renault. Customers, prospects, partners, journalists can book a test by internet, by phone or directly to the home center (1).

A full customer journey to understand the ecosystem of the electric vehicle

To live the experience Z.E. to all visitors and convince them of the credibility of the offer and the relevance of the ambition of Renault is the objective of the Centre, through the discovery of the range of associated services, and dynamic tests .

A true customer experience is proposed around different stages:

reception at Renault Centre Z.E.

briefing by counsel Z.E. specially trained, that address the entire ecosystem of the electric vehicle, consists of the car battery, charging infrastructure and new services.

the pedagogical discovery in the showroom

the dynamic test on the test track DEDICATED to electric vehicles.

a meeting of exchanges, which allows advisors ZE taking into account the feedback from customers.

To date, two models are already marketed a test: Kangoo ZE, recently crown Van of the Year 2012 (Utility Vehicle of the Year) by an international jury; and Fluence ZE, the first three-box sedan 100% electric. Guests can also try a sneak first quadricycle Twizy, which will be launched in early 2012. These three vehicles will be joined by ZOE, heart-end supply ZE, which will be revealed at the show in March Geneva.

The test of a length of one track, 8 km is on the Ile Seguin, and is therefore part of the new development of the island, amenities brands through research excellence, particularly environmental.

As Pierre-Christophe Baguet, mayor of Boulogne-Billancourt, "With this transaction, Renault and Boulogne-Billancourt, faithful to their common history, act together in the sense of innovation and sustainable development. "

A test center that accompanies the ambition of Renault become the leader in sustainable mobility for all

As part of the Alliance, Renault and Nissan have invested around € 4 billion in the Electric Vehicle of the year 2015. The number of employees working on the Electric Vehicle rises to about 2,000 people (1,000 Renault and Nissan in 1000).

If Renault Electric Vehicle believes much is because it is the only solution to address three challenges: the challenge of increasing mobility in the world; the challenge of global warming and the challenge of dwindling oil resources.

The Electric Vehicle also offers customers - individuals or professionals - a new report automotive, through silence, no smell, no emission and driveability.

The Renault Centre Z.E. Opens today is an additional proof of the commitment of Renault's Electric Vehicles.

The fact that this center is located in Boulogne-Billancourt is a strong sign of the deep and historical ties between Renault and the City of Boulogne-Billancourt.

As evokes Carlos Tavares, Chief Operating Officer for Operations Renault: "The company is born in 1898 not far from our Test Centre. Thus, Boulogne-Billancourt embodies our roots as our future. The advent of the electric vehicle is a unique opportunity to make a new rhyme dream and reality, usefulness and evasion, reason and passion. And Renault, this is also an opportunity to be at the forefront of this second revolution of the automobile after the invention of the engine explosion. "

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