TomTom And Renault Develop EV Sat Nav For Fluence Z.E.
The Carminat TomTom Z.E LIVE receives information from the battery on its current state of charge, which is used to determine the available range of the vehicle. This information is then visualised on the navigation screen, showing the journey against the available range and the routes to the charge stations.
The system is aimed at planning charging more effectively and removing drivers’ “range anxiety”, giving them confidence that their journey can be completed. The system also includes an eco-routing tool – providing the driver with an option to select the most energy efficient route.
Finding the right charging station information and location (amongst the 5000+ that will be available in Europe at the end of 2011) is critical to drivers. The TomTom Home application will provide users with the latest charging station list each time they connect their SD card to their computer, while Carminat TomTom Z.E LIVE will inform the users in real-time about the availability of charge stations en route, allowing them to stop and “fill-up” when needed.
Giles Shrimpton, managing director, TomTom Automotive, said: ‘This is the first navigation system TomTom is launching in the area of electric vehicles and it represents a great milestone for us as a company in this exciting new market. The Carminat TomTom Z.E.LIVE for Fluence Z.E., is also the third major development in the already successful Carminat TomTom series and underlines our fruitful relationship with Renault.’
Stephen Norman, Global Marketing & Communications director, Renault, said: ‘We are very happy with the strong partnership we have developed with TomTom over the years and that we are able to give birth today to the next evolution of our product – the new Carmint TomTom Z.E. LIVE. This solution is a key feature of our new Fluence Z.E. The electric vehicle programme is of great importance to us at Renault and the Carminat TomTom Z.E LIVE plays a significant role in its success.’
Carminat TomTom Z.E LIVE also comes with LIVE Services including HD Traffic, providing drivers with its unique dynamic routing; giving them the fastest route to their destination based on the latest traffic situation. It also features local search through TomTom Places, in addition to Google local search.