When mobility services help to reinvent urban architecture

© Chartier Dalix Architectes / Jacques Ferrier Architectures / Renault

What role will the automobile play in the “smart city” of tomorrow? Groupe Renault is framing a vision of the development of electric, autonomous and shared mobility services fully integrated into the road network. And even into new buildings to form part of a renewed urban ecosystem by the year 2025. This vision is shared with the Chartier Dalix firm of architects.

According to Observatoire Netexplo, the reinvention of towns and metropolises as “smart cities” is based on six pillars: mobility, economics, the home, governance, citizens and environment/energy. Groupe Renault is directly involved in three of these:

– The home, with its domestic energy storage solutions,
– Environment/energy, with the smart grid,
– Mobility, thanks to its current offers and the vision provided by its concept robot-cars EZ-GO, EZ-PRO and EZ-ULTIMO.

In the near future, it is possible to imagine these three pillars coming together to create a new urban ecosystem, in which shared mobility solutions are integrated into buildings. That is where the visions of Groupe Renault and a firm of architects like Chartier Dalix overlap.

Mixed-use buildings and integrated mobility

Groupe Renault’s vision of sustainable mobility for all entails integrating its mobility solutions as harmoniously as possible into the city and the urban landscape, in order to keep traffic flowing and reduce the number of parking spaces needed. The Chartier Dalix vision is based on mixed-use buildings, where several types of business activity co-exist, including logistics hubs.

The two companies embarked on this creative journey together several months ago. They have imagined what the destination might look like in 2025, by combining the work of Chartier Dalix on the “multi-layered city” with the EZ-GO, EZ-PRO and EZ-ULTIMO trio of concept cars presented by Renault in 2018.

Positive impact

In its blueprint, Chartier Dalix, working with the Jacques Ferrier Architectures practice, designed a “bridge building” for the Grand Paris (Greater Paris) project to be built on Place des Ternes, overlooking the boulevard périphérique, the city’s inner ring road. This building, offering a mix of homes, stores, services and offices, would not only boast prominent landscaped features (green spaces, planted balconies, a roof garden) but also internal traffic lanes.

© Chartier Dalix Architectes / Jacques Ferrier Architectures / Renault

These lanes could be used by Renault’s trio of robot-cars, each fulfilling their own function. For example:

– EZ-GO comes to pick the children up from the door of their apartment to take them to school.
– EZ-PRO delivers to stores and leaves carrying objects to distribute after dropping by the building’s integrated logistics hub.
– EZ-ULTIMO offers a premium mobility service to guests of the ground-floor hotel, which has rooms distributed over the various floors of the building.

The shared mobility solutions designed by Groupe Renault have a positive impact on this building by virtue of their silent, non-polluting electric engines… But also thanks to the smart grid and second-life battery systems that might support them. Join us in 2025 to reap the benefits!


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