Six Renault Zoes have been delivered to Islington Council in London, UK, to be used across the borough by the Council’s Voids Team within its Housing Property Services division, a role in which the team’s project managers inspect and assess council properties that have become empty across the borough.
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The Renault Zoe has a real-world range of up to 245 miles with flexible charging options. The vehicles were procured via The Procurement Partnership Limited (TPPL) framework agreement, which from a choice of vehicles from up to 14 manufacturers identified the Renault Zoe as the best fit for the requirements of Islington Council.
The arrival of the Council’s first Renault Zoes coincides with the upgrade of its fleet charging infrastructure. The council aims to switch more vehicles within its 500-strong fleet – spanning cars and small vans through to street sweeping vehicles and 26-tonne refuse and recycling collection vehicles – to electric.
Importantly, the Renault Zoe supports the Council’s ambitions to enhance air quality in the area and help tackle the climate crisis. Ultimately, it strives to make greener travel more attractive and, most recently, has joined a collective of London boroughs that are campaigning for cleaner air in the Capital by encouraging drivers to switch off their engines when stationary.
The Renault Zoe’s near silent operation also helps to reduce noise pollution in the borough, while its fully automatic transmission and seamless power delivery makes it ideal for negotiating the often-heavy traffic that is synonymous with driving in the Capital.
“Islington Council is committed to making our fleet greener, as part of our continuing efforts to clean the air that local people breathe and to help achieve our goal of creating a net zero carbon Islington by 2030” said Cllr Rowena Champion, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport. “The use of the Renault Zoe by our Voids Team will help to achieve this goal, ensuring that the team are able to travel around the borough in an environmentally-friendly way. The team visits all kinds of locations across the borough, and the convenient size of the Zoe has proved to be hugely beneficial, ensuring that operatives can park easily. The Voids Team have also been complimentary on the ride, range and navigation system within the vehicle.”
Islington Council joins a growing number of public sector organisations who are turning to the pure electric Renault Z.E. range of vehicles. In 2020, Renault UK has sold more electric vehicles to the public sector than the last five years combined. Renault is Europe’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer.
Vincent Tourette, Managing Director, Groupe Renault UK, added that with councils under increasing financial strain and facing the difficult task of needing to lower their environmental impact without affecting their productivity, the Renault Z.E. electric vehicle range is proving the perfect solution.
Available from £26,995 on the road after the Plug-in Car Grant, the Renault Zoe has been extensively revised for 2020. Combining the best range in its sector with optimum value, the latest version continues the model’s award-winning success with the Renault Zoe recently voted the ‘Best Small Electric Car’ at the What Car? Awards for the seventh consecutive year.