The future electric Renault 5 will have a bidirectional on-board charger

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To accompany the electric Renault 5 launch, Mobilize is launching the Mobilize V2G service, turning the car into a source of energy. Thanks to the R5’s bi-directional charger, combined with the Mobilize Powerbox bidirectional charging station and the Mobilize V2G service, Renault 5 drivers will save on charging and reduce their overall electricity bill by selling electricity back to the power grid.

In addition, according to the Mobilize electricity contract, the power used to recharge EV batteries will be carbon neutral. Mobilize V2G sees electric vehicles becoming a source of energy for homes and the grid, providing additional flexibility, and making it easier to integrate renewable energies into the energy mix. As such, Mobilize V2G service users will actively contribute to the energy transition. Mobilize V2G will also be available on future Renault electric vehicles.

“Thanks to Mobilize V2G, cars become an energy reserve,” said Corinne Frasson, Director of Energy Services at Mobilize. “All drivers have to do is regularly connect their vehicle to the Powerbox to optimize their electricity bill and cut carbon from their mobility. On average, the cost of charging is cut by half. That is how Mobilize’s mobility solutions are more sustainable and affordable.”

The future Renault 5 electric will be the first in a long series of cars to come equipped with a bidirectional charger. The innovative architecture integrates hardware such as natively reversible electrotechnical components and electrical-current management software, which will provide ongoing access to the Mobilize V2G service while preserving battery capacity.

The Mobilize V2G service will be available from the launch of Renault 5 in France and Germany in 2024, then in the United Kingdom in 2025.

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