Renault invests in Jedlix, co-launches smart-charging app
Groupe Renault announced that it is acquiring a 25% share in Jedlix, a Dutch start-up launched by Eneco Group that specializes in smart, sustainable charging of electric vehicles. The companies are developing new offers for electric vehicle users.
Initially, the companies are launching Z.E. Smart Charge, a new smartphone app. The app optimizes the management of vehicle charges to maximize the benefits and minimize the prices from renewable energy, according to the companies. Users indicate the charge level they need and the departure time of their car. After supplying the minimum charge requested by the user, the app manages the remaining charge in smart charging mode.
In addition, Z.E. Smart Charge reportedly rewards users financially for being flexible about their charges. Every month, the user receives an amount, which could be the equivalent of up to a complete charge.
Z.E. Smart Charge will be available in the Netherlands before the end of the year and will be rolled-out in other European countries in 2018. It is designed for use on all types of smartphones or tablets with iOS or Android operating systems.