COP21 is the first the United Nations utilises a zero-emission electric vehicle fleet for 100% of its passenger-car shuttle at a climate summit. Pic credit: Renault-Nissan Alliance
COP21 is the first the United Nations utilises a zero-emission electric vehicle fleet for 100% of its passenger-car shuttle at a climate summit. Pic credit: Renault-Nissan Alliance
COP21 will mark the first time the United Nations has used a zero-emission electric vehicle fleet for 100% of its passenger-car shuttles at a climate summit. Pic credit: Renault-Nissan Alliance

In France, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is providing 200 electric vehicles for the Paris climate change conference - the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) - to shuttle delegates over the two-week period.

The alliance has also installed 90 new charge spots for electric vehicles around the city.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is a Franco-Japanese partnership between car manufacturers Renault, based in Paris and Nissan, based in Yokohama, Japan, which combined account for more than one in 10 cars sold globally.

The electric vehicle fleet will be powered by renewable and low carbon electricity from French electric utility company EDF and will enable the Renault Nissan EV fleet to cover more than 400,000 km in 14 days.

The COP21 EV shuttle service features Renault’s 'ZOE', the Nissan LEAF compact car and the 7-seater Nissan e-NV200 van.

The electric vehicles are 'fuelled' at recharging station from 0-80% capacity in about 30 minutes.

Carlos Ghosn, CEO and chairman of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, said: “COP21 is a call to action to reduce the impact of climate change, including global warming resulting from personal transportation.

"EVs are the only existing, practical and affordable transportation solution to our planet’s environmental challenges – and they are available today. Expanding the EV infrastructure is mandatory for any city or state that’s serious about environmental stewardship.”

Renault tests smart-charging system in Germany

The smart-charging system is “designed to reduce costs and lower the impact of car charging on the electrical grid,” reports technology website Gizmag.

It adds that several Renault employees who own the battery-electric car ZOE have tested the in-home charging system.

The systems have the ability to communicate with the electric vehicle and calculate grid-based electrical costs at the station's location, including detecting consumption peaks, and activating fast-charging during low activity periods, according to the report.

Renault claims the results of the tests showed that smart charging systems lower grid impact and improve charging time by up to an hour.

Renault is currently developing the next phase of the electric vehicle charging system, to allow the car to feed power back into grid and optimise home energy generation through solar panels for example. It aims to gain the greatest ROI in selling to the grid versus charging the EV.