Groupe Renault is acquiring a 25% share in Jedlix, a Dutch start-up launched by Eneco Group and specialised in electric vehicle charging.

“Pioneer in the electric vehicle, Renault confirms its leadership position by developing partnerships,” said Renault SVP Electric Vehicle, Gilles Normand.

“With Jedlix, we will provide new services to make charging – and thus the use of electric vehicles – more easy and affordable.”

For his part, Jedlix managing director, Ruben Benders added: “Our partnership with Groupe Renault will help us to create the best possible smart charging service and offer its benefits to a large and diverse customer base throughout Europe.”

In the first partnership development with Jedlix, Renault is launching ZE Smart Charge, a new smartphone app. The app optimises the management of vehicle charges to benefit as much as possible from renewable energy and the lowest prices.

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 rest of the charge in smart charging mode.

In addition, ZE Smart Charge rewards users financially for being flexible about their charges. Every month, the user receives an amount, which could be equivalent of up to a complete charge. 

ZE Smart Charge will be available in the Netherlands before the end of the year and will be rolled-out in other European countries next year. It can be used on all types of smartphones or tablets with iOS or Android operating system.