Renault is making nearly 1,300 vehicles available to French healthcare personnel as they battle the coronavirus pandemic.

The Zity free-floating electric car-sharing service, presented last February, is being adapted to offer up to 300 Renault Zoe cars via Hoptisoins, the online service platform set up by AP-HP (Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris) to facilitate the daily life of healthcare professionals involved in the fight against Covid-19.

The free offer will initially be reserved for the staff of the nine hospitals in the Paris region involved in the fight against the epidemic. The first cars have been placed near the hospitals.

Each AP-HP carer, beneficiary of the service, will be allocated a vehicle personally. The vehicles will be recharged and cleaned by Zity teams during the caregivers’ work periods and in full compliance with the health procedures in force.

Within the fleet, ten Zoes are also made available to the AP-HP logistics department at the Pitié-Salpêtrière site. These vehicles will be used to supply hospitals with essential equipment.

The nine beneficiary hospitals are:

  • Hospital Avicenne, Bobigny 
  • Hospital Beaujon, Clichy 
  • Hospital Bicêtre, Le Kremlin Bicêtre 
  • Hospital Bichat-Claude Bernard, Paris 
  • Hospital Cochin, Paris 
  • European Hospital Georges-Pompidou, Paris 
  • Hospital Lariboisière, Paris 
  • Hospital Saint-Louis, Paris 
  • University Hospital Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris  

Renault’s sales network in France will make nearly 1,000 vehicles available for free to caregivers to ensure their mobility in the event their personal vehicle is unavailable, for example due to maintenance or breakdown. 

These private vehicles, usually used as replacement vehicles or short-term rentals, are available at 150 Renault dealerships throughout France. Renault Retail Group, the manufacturer’s distribution subsidiary and the Renault Dealers Association are working alongside Groupe Renault in the operation.

A form, available online at: https://www.renault-rent.com/contact/pret-vehicule-personnel-soignant is set up to collect applications. Each request is forwarded to the participating Renault dealership closest to the home of the carer applying for a car loan.

Vehicle handovers are subject to strict application of barrier measures to ensure the protection of both customers and staff in the Renault network. Before each loan, the vehicle is washed and the interior surfaces disinfected using a virucidal product and a single-use cloth.

Protective covers are installed on the seat, steering wheel and gear lever. Keys are disinfected and given to the customer in a sealed envelope.

The replacement vehicle is loaned for the duration of the repair or at the discretion of the dealership.