Two Portuguese islands are going to use electric vehicles to drive forward their renewable energy ambitions.

EEM Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira, SA, which supplies electricity to the islands of the Madeira archipelago (Madeira and Porto Santo), announced this week it is teaming up with Renault to deliver a ‘smart electric ecosystem on the island of Porto Santo’.

Groupe Renault’s ZOEs and Kangoo Z.E.s electric vehicles will driven by volunteers on the island, powered using EEM smart charging points, and connect with the grid to provide power during peak periods. Meaning they also act as ‘temporary energy storage units’.

“We are delighted to be teaming up with EEM and Madeira Regional Government to establish this unprecedented smart electric ecosystem which demonstrates to what extent the electric revolution is changing our everyday lives beyond just transport. Our aim is to build a model that can be carried over to other islands, eco-districts and cities, while consistently striving to achieve large-scale rollout of electric mobility solutions that are affordable for all,” said Eric Feunteun, Electric Vehicles and New Business Programme Director.