In 2015, the Le Mans-Sarthe metropolitan hub decided to step up its mobility actions in order to complete its public transport offer. As the latter depends on the towns in the sector and the Pays de la Loire region, the urban center has focused on carsharing.
Before investing in the development of this alternative mobility, the local authority had already deployed a carpooling service and developed around fifty parking spaces reserved for this activity. “Beyond carpooling, the metropolitan center wanted to innovate by creating a car-sharing service and also gave itself the mission of promoting electric mobility. In this context, combining carsharing and electric vehicles seemed relevant to us ”, explains Laurent Nicolet, project manager for the mobility division. The metropolitan center then took an interest in the experience of the municipality of Tinchebray-Bocage, in Orne, whose car-sharing service is operated by the Clem ‘system and has six vehicles. The consultation was extended to Renault Mobility, and a committee studied the file for eighteen months, in 2016 and 2017.
The Mouv’n Go carsharing service now has 14 stations located in 14 municipalities and 26 vehicles
For the recharging of electric vehicles, the project promoters had to find an installer and a charging station operator. A manufacturer for station signage and an automobile manufacturer had to complete the list of service providers. To complete the budget, the State and the region were called upon. At the end of the procedure, Clem ‘supplies the IT tools, Renault the vehicles, and Nexans was awarded the batch of charging stations.
Inaugurated in 2018 under the name Mouv’n Go, the service now has 14 stations located in 14 municipalities and 26 vehicles. The project required an investment of 70,000 euros, including 60,000 euros for the sole access to the platform of Clem ‘for three years. Enedis studied the installation of the terminals and invoiced 2,500 euros for its intervention. “If a municipality wanted to set up a station in a specific location, it was necessary to ensure that the operation was feasible”, underlines Laurent Nicolet. The metropolitan center received a subsidy of 30,000 euros from Ademe and 25,000 euros from the region. 15,000 euros remained to be funded, or 5,000 euros per year over three years. The creation of the stations was the responsibility of the municipalities and each spent a maximum of 50,000 euros for infrastructure and vehicles, the bodies of which are decorated in their colors. With the grants obtained, only 10,000 euros remained the responsibility of the municipalities.
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