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Europcar and Renault Sign Partnership Agreement For Zero-Emission Mobility


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MAPLE CROSS, UNITED KINGDOM – September 11, 2009: Renault and Europcar, the Renault Group’s number one short-term rental partner in Europe, today announced an agreement to speed up the implementation of shared innovative solutions as part of Renault’s “Zero-Emission” vehicles programme. The agreement will be signed at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 16.

Europe’s leading car rental company will implement pioneering solutions as part of the “Renault Alliance electric vehicles” project. With 2,500 rental agencies in Europe, Europcar will roll out the new fleet of Renault electric vehicles, as well as the infrastructure needed to recharge batteries at rental points, starting in 2011.

Renault and Europcar want to offer their customers new solutions developed jointly and involving the staff and networks of both partners. Europcar is supporting Renault’s electric vehicle range by developing specific new short-term rental services using Renault vehicles adapted to this form of energy.

A clean means of transportation, electric vehicles are increasingly suited to current mobility requirements and short-term rental. According to Renault research, 80% of people in Europe currently travel less than 40 miles per day. The two partners aim to make zero-emission vehicles available to as many people as possible, starting in 2011. The electric vehicles will be silent and respectful of the environment with no carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide or particle emissions in use.

Commenting on the agreement, Europcar Group Chief Executive Officer Salvatore Catania said: “To address the issue of climate change, Europcar wanted to take things further with Renault by optimising short-term rental solutions suited to electric vehicles. We are proud to have our brand and staff involved in such a large-scale project, which is fully in line with our company’s sustainable development strategy and the goals set forth in our Environmental Charter.”

“Thanks to our ‘Zero-Emission’ mobility program, Renault will offer a broad range of zero-emission vehicles starting in 2011. For Renault, electric vehicles with zero carbon dioxide emissions in use constitute a real answer to current environmental concerns. We are proud that Europcar has chosen Renault as its partner for its future range of electric vehicles,” commented Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Director of Renault's Corporate Sales Division.

This partnership reinforces Europcar’s strategy of taking a “green” approach to car rental. Europcar has pioneered in this area since opening a pilot rental location for electric vehicles in Paris in 1999.