A small island of fewer than 5,000 people in the Atlantic is to become one of the first to become fully powered by clean energy — even down to its cars.
“We aim to build a model that can be carried over to other islands, eco-districts and cities”
These vehicles, the island’s inhabitants suggest, should also add electric back into the grid to boost renewable energy usage.
So Renault has agreed to provide a fleet of 20 vehicles – 14 ZOEs and 6 Kangoo Z.E.s – to volunteers.
The cars will be able to plug into 40 connected public and private charging points set up by EEM and Renault.
By the end of the year, the vehicles will have the ability to become temporary storage units and add electricity back to the grid during peak hours.
Plans are also afoot to install second-life batteries into the Renault fleet which will be used to store electricity converted from solar and wind farms. This electricity can also be accessed by the grid when needed.
Eric Feunteun, Electric Vehicles and New Business Programme Director at Renault, said the aim was to create a smart electric eco-system. “We aim to build a model that can be carried over to other islands, eco-districts and cities.”