Nicolas Schottey

EV charging infrastructure Program Director, Groupe Renault

First Eco-system for self-sustainable living at Porto Santo

Renault has put in life the whole eco-system in the Porto Santo island to become fully independent from the grid. Smart electric ecosystem is based on four key pillars: electric vehicles, stationary energy storage, smart charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging. The electric revolution is changing our everyday lives beyond just transport. The Renault project on Porto Santo Island illustrates how involving private and public sector partnerships help to create sustainable mobility solutions. Renault is already testing their own onboard technology for AC Vehicle-to-grid solution with which Renault is fulfilling its role as a leader in electric mobility for all. With onboard technology solution, EV could really become part of the solution for current grid operators to cope with increased electricity volatility demand and renewable production integration. The 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.


After few years of working in Poland and France in the Aluminum and Iron casting industry, Nicolas Schottey started in Renault in 2004 as cost analyst for the powertrains and then for the compact cars. In 2011, he joined the Corporate Strategy department to build and monitor Renault mid-term plan before moving in 2014 to Nissan in Japan in a similar position. Nicolas finally joined the Electric Vehicle business unit in 2016 as Program Director for EV Battery and Charging infrastructure.

Nicolas Schottey believes that electrical cars are not a problem, but part of the solution. Technology already allows us to decrease emissions and noise on our streets, it now also helps to boost the renewable electricity integration through Smart charging.