Renault has delivered its biggest ever UK order of the Zoe EV with 55 supplied to Europcar UK for use delivering and collecting hire vehicles in major cities.
Europcar is committed to 5% of its total UK vehicle fleet being electric by 2020.
Ease of use and environmental compatibility were key factors in choosing the Zoe. The firm's decision to buy the EV was also influenced by positive customer feedback from those who have rented the model.
In addition to enabling Europcar employees to deliver rental vehicles to customers, the Zoes will support E-Car Club – the all-electric car club Europcar has a majority stake in and the acquisition of which represented the first ever exit of a crowd-funded start-up. With E-Car Club attracting more and more private and business customers and working to grow its locations, which span from East London to the Outer Hebrides, the Zoes will ensure that E-Car Club can quickly access additional cars to meet customer demand.
The 55 Zoes all have Expression Nav level of trim with automatic climate control, electric front windows, keycard entry with push button start/stop function, cruise control and speed limiter, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and ETC (Electronic Traction Control), 4x20W Renault R-Link Multimedia system incorporating a 7-inch touch screen, TomTom Live satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and voice control.
All were supplied and prepared by DSG Renault, Morecambe, a dealership with vast experience of Renault's versatile electric vehicle (EV) range.
Gary Smith, managing director, Europcar UK Group said: "Our Deliver & Collect service aims to enhance the rental experience for our customers – taking the time and hassle out of collecting a vehicle at the start of the hire and having to go back to our branch at the end of the journey. And the addition of the Zoes at many of our city branches, enabling our employees to get to and from our branches without expending any emissions, makes the service all the more environmentally friendly."
Chris Morris, managing director and co-founder of E-Car Club, said: "We are delighted to add to our existing fleet of Renault Zoe; a very popular choice amongst E-Car members. This acquisition of vehicles will help support our forthcoming expansions, particularly in Scotland, where we have significant deployment plans within the next six months.
"Our strategic partnership with Renault continues to grow from strength-to-strength, with the Zoe and Kangoo Van Z.E now making up a significant proportion of the E-Car fleet. We look forward to building on this partnership into the future."