News of French companies (May 2016)
- AZRA invests million in electric public transit and introduces the Renault Twizy to Canada
- SCNF orders 12 new suburban trains from Bombardier
- EDF Energies Nouvelles concludes three power purchase agreements for renewable electricity in Canada
- Jogg.in officially sets up shop in Canada
- Groupe T2i Canada (software) signs two first client references
Over the next 18 months, AZRA will invest $40 million in order to continue with the installation of 2,000 new electric charging stations and the introduction of Twizy, the first 100%-electric Renault vehicle in Canada. This little 100%-electric urban vehicle, designed by the Renault Sport team, is equipped with a type-1 charging cable and side retro-reflectors.
Approved by Transport Canada on March 1st, 2016, its speed is limited to 40 km/h, in accordance with specific requirements of the low-speed vehicle category. Twizy will be available to rent for a monthly cost of $99 CAD, including registration and insurance costs.
The Syndicat des Transports d’Ile de France (STIF) ordered 12 self-propelled electric Francilien vehicles from Bombardier Transport through the SNCF. These additional trains will expand the L Line and the H Line of the Paris network. They will be delivered between late 2017 and mid-2018. These additional trains will allow the company to provide more frequent and more high-capacity service. As a reminder, the initial contract signed in 2006 between Bombardier Transport and the SNCF involves a maximum of 372 trains. To date, the STIF and the SNCF have ordered 225 carriages, 180 will service Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, and Gare Saint-Lazare on the SNCF Transilien network.
EDF Energies Nouvelles concludes three power purchase agreements for renewable electricity in Canada
EDF Energies Nouvelles announced that it had signed three long-term power purchase agreements (PPA) with a total value of 82MW.The electricity will come from two solar projects and one wind energy project in Ontario. These contracts involve the sale of electricity to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
Jogg.in, which aims to make jogging a group sport by connecting runners, officially launched its operations in Canada at the Web à Québec event on April 6th. Describing itself as “Airbnb for runners”, Jogg.in is used in Europe by more than 350,000 runners, 100,000 of whom use the service at least once per month.
Groupe T2i Canada, a subsidiary of the Franco-Swiss group, announced that it has signed two first client references in the field of paperless transition of accounts payable in Québec: a major company in the manufacturing sector through a partnership with PIREL and the Corporation du Fort St-Jean. In 2016, Groupe T2i Canada plans to continue developing into the Anglophone market in Ontario. It also hopes to draw support from new vertical markets like real estate, transportation and logistics, and commerce and distribution.