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Towards a new direction for urban transport.
Daniel Moulène, former Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Environnement SA, and his son Thierry Moulène, a graduate of the French engineering school ESTACA, created the vehicle manufacturer LUMENEO in June 2006. Their first car, the SMERA, was previewed at the 2008 Geneva motor show then at the Paris motor show in the same year. In 2009, the SNCF acquired a 20% stake in the company via its investment fund Eco Mobilité Partenaires.
With an urban customer base and a vision born in Île-de-France, the Paris region was a natural location for the company's expansion. More specifically, it was in Vernouillet in the Parisian département of Yvelines that the company LUMENEO set up premises. Covering 1000 sq m, it should employ 50 people, including 30 dedicated to Research & Development, by the end of 2010. LUMENEO received financial backing from the OSEO innovation agency, the Île-de-France regional council, the DRIRE Île-de-France (Regional board for industry, research and the environment) and the Centre francilien de l'Innovation (Paris region centre for innovation). The company is also a member of the Paris Region competitive cluster MOV'EO.
Jean-Paul Huchon, President of the Île-de-France regional council,
came to meet the LUMENEO team and learn about the SMERA
LUMENEO has also opened a showroom in Paris where visitors can learn about the SMERA. Measuring less than a meter wide and just 2.50 m long, this innovative electric car is the perfect size for easy travel and parking. It is as agile as a two-wheeler, but the driver and passenger are comfortably protected and sheltered from bad weather and other traffic.
Designed to run on electricity, the SMERA is particularly environmentally-friendly; it does not generate any local pollution, noise or smoke when running. Its maintenance is minimal as electric engines have the distinctive feature of a very long life and they are simple to recycle. And what's more, the SMERA car is entirely designed and manufactured in France.
update September 14, 2010