Big plans for Renault’s new all electric van 02 November 2011
Renault's Kangoo Van ZE range, priced from £16,990, will be available to order in the UK from next month December 2011), but is already proving a hit in the manufacturer's home country.
A total of 15,637 units of the electric van have been ordered by 19 French companies, including 10,000 for La Poste, 1,500 for ERDF, 1,200 for UGAP, 510 for Veolia Environnement, 450 for GDF-Suez and 330 for Spie.
Renault has won the first lot in a call for bids initiated 18 months ago by the public authorities, which called on La Poste chairman Jean-Paul Bailly to form a group of orders from large companies interested in acquiring electric vehicles.
The van is produced at Renault's Maubeuge plant in France, along with its internal-combustion engine powered sister van. The plant has been developed for the production of light commercial vehicles and Renault reports that it can be adapted to the variety inherent in selling this range of vans.
"This success by Renault confirms the relevance of our electric vehicle offering – products and services alike – with business customers," comments Jerome Stoll, executive vice president for Renault's sales and marketing and light commercial vehicles.
"The 19 large companies acquiring Kangoo Van ZE were attracted to its intrinsic qualities and by our original business model, based, in particular, on battery rental."
Renault UK Ltd
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