Over the next 18 months, AZRA will spend C$40m to install 2,000 new electric charging stations and deploy the Twizy, Renault's first 100% electric vehicle in Canada.

Guillaume Berthier, Renault's electric vehicles sales director, said: "Renault Group is delighted to have chosen a company as dynamic and committed as AZRA for the launch of Twizy in Canada. Electric cars, Twizy in particular, enables Renault to boost its international development. It also allows Renault to participate in the development of new ways to sell cars. This is demonstrated by AZRA's 'all in one' offer, with digital playing a dominant role in the sales model."

The small city car, which is 100% electric and designed by the Renault Sport team, has a type-1 charging cable and side reflectors. Certified since 1 March, 2016 by Transport Canada, its speed is capped at 40 km/h (25mph) to come under the category of low-speed vehicles.

The Twizy will be available for lease at $99 per month, including the costs of registration and insurance. AZRA-Partenaire-Renault-Partner has teamed up with Uni-Select to ensure the management and maintenance of the vehicle fleet.

8,000 new charging points

To contribute to the expansion of the network and increase the accessibility of charging stations for Canadian drivers of electric vehicles, AZRA will install 2,000 charging stations over the next 18 months. The stations, made entirely of aluminium, will be equipped with 7 to 50 kW power charges that can serve up to four users, for a total of 8,000 new charging points. They will be installed for free on private property through the establishment of partnerships with owners of office buildings, shopping centres and other types of buildings.

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