Electric mobility contributes to the combat against climate change, provided that the electricity that powers the vehicles is of non-carbon origin. This is the only case where it is possible to speak of green mobility, which is the direction taken by CNR’s actions.
The advent of the electric car contributes to improving the quality of air in cities. However, it does not lead to a global reduction of CO2 emissions responsible for climate change if the electricity consumed by electric vehicles is not produced from non-pollutant energy sources. Under these conditions, electric mobility will contribute to the emergence of a sustainable city. As a producer of 100% renewable energy, CNR has developed solutions to favour genuinely green mobility.
With its commercial package Move In Pure, CNR offers green electricity from its production generated by the river for electric vehicles. It has also developed smart charging for electric cars which makes use of the time during which they are parked to supply them, thereby contributing at the same time to stabilising the electricity grid. This experimental service has been operational since 2013 and now permits the daily charging of the cars used by Greater Lyon’s technical services, and those of CNR.
CNR deploys a network of fast charging points in the Rhone Valley, from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. These points are all supplied with green electricity produced by CNR. The electric corridor has 27 stations, most of which are equipped with two points, i.e. a total of 52 points, no more than 30 km away from each other. These points permit charging 80% of a battery in less than 30 minutes for a flat rate of €5.
CNR is preparing to produce hydrogen close to its hydropower plants, wind farms and solar power plants. This solution allows storing electricity in gas form, especially surplus electricity produced from intermittent sources that the grid cannot absorb. The gas produced will be used to power the engines of buses and hydrogen cars which are gradually emerging as a mode of transport.
In the framework of its 9 commitments for energy transition, CNR participates in developing modes of transport that lead to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. CNR does this through 4 actions: