PARIS -- Mobilize, Renault Group’s mobility services brand, will open a network of 200 fast-charging stations around Europe by 2024.
Mobilize Fast Charge, as the network will be known, will consist of standalone sites, similar to gas stations, with six charging points and a space for drivers to rest, work or eat and drink while their cars recharge. The first stations will open in France in the coming months.
They will be open around the clock; drivers can gain access to the rest area with a card that also gives preferential rates. Most of the stations will be associated with Renault dealerships, Mobilize says.
Mobilize, a new unit created in 2020, combines Renault Group's captive financial services, mobility services such as fleet management and short-term rentals -- also known as car-sharing -- as well as a range of branded full-electric vehicles. It is led by Clotilde Delbos, former group CFO and deputy CEO.
Like Tesla’s Supercharger network, the Fast Charge stations will be associated with an automaker, but Mobilize stations will be available to all plug-in vehicles. Tesla has so far restricted Superchargers to its own vehicles.
Stellantis’ mobility brand, Free2Move, is also building out a network of stations with partners, focused on southern Europe.