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Scottish Council takes 141 Renault Zoe EVs

By Simon Warburton | 22 September 2020

Scotland's South Lanarkshire Council has taken delivery of 141 all-electric New Renault Zoes.

The order is the largest ever placed for Renault ZE electric vehicles in Scotland.

The majority of the vehicles will be used to switch the Council's entire pool car fleet of 104 vehicles from diesel to fully electric power. The Renault Zoes will be used by a range of personnel to travel throughout the Council's 20 wards and sometimes further afield.

The remaining 37 Renault Zoes will be deployed across a range of council services including Roads, Housing and Technical and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture. When in service, the new arrivals will mean 28% of the Council's small fleet will be fully electric.

Renault noted the Council hopes by exposing so many of its personnel to the experience and benefits of driving an electric vehicle, they will themselves consider making the change from a conventional ICE vehicle to an EV.

Funding for the New Renault Zoes was made possible after a grant of more than GBP1m (US$1.3m) from Transport Scotland's Switched on Fleets Programme.

The five-door vehicles will be charged via points already installed throughout the South Lanarkshire Council estate, with the Council due to add more chargers in the near future.

South Lanarkshire Council already has a relationship with supplying dealer, Park's Renault in Hamilton and Groupe Renault UK. The order is the latest development in the ten years they have worked together and brings the amount of Renault vehicles on the Council's entire fleet to 391.  

"We are aware of the Scottish Government's targets to help fight climate change and we will continue to look at new and innovative ways to help us contribute to that," said South Lanarkshire Council Community and Enterprise Resources Committee Councillor, chairman, John Anderson.

"The early feedback we have had from staff using the vehicles is very positive, with many praising how far they can travel on a single charge."