Schindler, Renault to promote zero-emission mobility

Schindler will be part of a pilot group testing the first Renault zero-emission vehicles.

Schindler, an elevator company, and Renault have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote zero-emission mobility. Under the agreement, which is expected to go beyond the sole manufacturer-customer relationship, Schindler will be part of a pilot group that will test the first Renault zero-emission vehicles by the end of 2010.

The test is expected to enable Renault to develop its understand of customer utilisation of electric fleets and to fine-tune its offering for fleet business.

Jurgen Tinggren, president of elevator and escalator division at Schindler, said: "Schindler is continually working to improve the energy efficiency and environmental performance of its products and services. With our large vehicle fleet we see plenty of potential for further improvement in terms of cutting emissions and we are looking forward to working with Renault on this important initiative."

Patrick Pelata, chief operating officer of Renault SAS, said: "We are pleased to welcome Schindler as a partner in our electric vehicle program. Their collaboration is proof that sustainable mobility interests companies well beyond the automobile industry."

The two companies have been partners since 2002, when Schindler selected Renault to supply its vehicle fleet of around 16,000 vehicles. The fleet is used primarily by Schindler technicians.