21.12.2011 Renault deliver first electric Kangoo
Renault UK is proud to announce that they have made delivery of their first vehicle from the new Zero Emissions (Z.E.) range, a all-electric Kangoo Van.
Accepting the keys at Milton Keynes dealership Marshall Renault, one of Renault's 21 Z.E. Expert dealers, printer Patrick Chard is now enjoying silent, zero-emission driving in the first of Renault's electric vehicle range to reach our shores.
Renault's first electric vehicle to hit UK streets is the Kangoo Van Z.E. – already the recipient of multiple high-profile awards and the world's first electric van produced by a mass market manufacturer. Unlike its rivals costing over twice as much, it's also affordable, from just under £17,000, plus a separate monthly battery hire fee from around £60.
Ian Plummer, Director of Commercial Operations Renault UK, joined Marshall's dealer principal and Z.E. sales specialist, in handing over the keys, together with a bottle of champagne and commemorative glass gift to mark the special occasion. He said, "Renault has always been committed to reducing the carbon emissions of its vehicles, so to produce a range of zero-emission electric vehicles is incredibly exciting."
"From a daring concept to a striking reality, we're thrilled to see the fruition of years of work on our Z.E. range begin with Renault's Kangoo Van Z.E. on sale at Marshall Milton Keynes and the other ground-breaking sites. Several well-known UK companies have already ordered Kangoo Van Z.E. for their fleet requirements, so we're sure many private customers will join Mr Chard in reaping the rewards of lower-cost and greener electric motoring."
In addition to Marshall Milton Keynes, in Barnsdale Drive, there are currently 20 more showrooms that have invested in Z.E. facilities to allow them to showcase the Kangoo Van Z.E. and the forthcoming Fluence Z.E., Twizy and ZOE models coming in 2012.
Patrick Chard, Managing Director of Murrays the Printers, based in Alston Drive, Milton Keynes, was delighted to be the first Kangoo Van Z.E. customer. Collecting his van, he said, "It is fantastic, very exciting to be first. We made a conscious decision a couple of years ago to be as green as possible, from vehicles to printing presses and with everything we buy. The Kangoo Van Z.E. is the first electric van to market from a manufacturer and it ticks every box for us. It is great for our customers too, as they are also concerned about the environment. We can now deliver locally with zero emissions and make considerable savings on fuel costs over a period of time."
He continued, "Our charging point is installed at the office – we are all ready to go. It is the same size as the diesel version, with the same load capacity is exactly the same, and I'm just looking forward to getting out there now and being able to make cheaper deliveries with zero emissions. It is a win-win for us."
The Kangoo Van Z.E. range starts from £16,990 excluding VAT, with monthly battery hire from £60 (6,000 miles per year, over three years). Contract hire is available from £424 per month over three years. Both include a five-year powertrain guarantee, three years roadside assistance and a three year/100,000 mile warranty.
The Kangoo Z.E. has a typical range of up to 106 miles on the New European Driving Cycle (this can vary between 50 and 125 miles depending on several criteria) and costs between £2.50 and £3 for a full charge, according to tariff and supplier, with overnight charging being up to half the cost.
Renault's preferred electric vehicle partner in the UK, British Gas, will also be launching green energy tariffs for electric vehicle owners in early 2012, making the savings both financially, as well as ecologically, greater compared to filling up at the pumps.
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