PHOTO CAPTION: Renault Zoe electric car driver plugs into AutoLib charge station.

Renault's Battery Rental Scheme Allows Remote Disabling of Zoe Electric Car

Digital Rights Management [DRM] software in Zoe electric car allows Renault to prevent a delinquent account from recharging their car.

Published: 18-Nov-2013

Renault cars are introducing a concept that the entertainment industry has been using to prevent piracy. With the automobile manufacturer, however, it might work too well if you miss a payment.

Renault, the French car manufacturer, is using DRM in their Zoe model batteries now, and you should never fail to make a payment if you depend on it. What does this mean to those of us who don’t speak technology?

It means that if your payments aren’t current, Renault can shut down your battery and render your car unusable. This could lead to a whole new meaning for “excuse my French.”


Renault Twizy electric urban vehicle.

Recall affects the urban electric cars built between January 27 and May 1, with most of the vehicles were sold in France and Germany, as well as in Switzerland.

Peter Saunders with his Renault Twizy electric runabout. Photo by Mark Cleveland

Lime, a home improvement company in Essex, uses the Twizy to help advertise his business.

Renault Twizy electric urban vehicle is meant to bridge gap between motor scooter and automobile.

NY Times reporter Serge Schmemann tries out Renault brusque little electric runabout in Paris but comes away not entirely impressed.


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