The Renault ZOE is helping Slough Borough Council to progress on its Journey to Clean Air, as part of its Low Emissions Strategy to improve air quality for people living in the area. The council has purchased an initial three ZOE Dynamique iNav R90 Z.E.40 models for staff to use as pool cars as it starts its journey towards a greener future.
The pool car scheme is part of the Slough’s wider Fleet Challenge programme, providing more environmentally friendly solutions for staff travel to meetings, site inspections and client visits, and decarbonising the council’s fleet. This will not only reduce the effect of their travel on air quality, but also save the council money by reducing business mileage claims costs.
Renault’s award-winning supermini was chosen as the first electric pool car because of its outstanding range, low running costs and positive feedback from staff following a test drive. The ZOE, fitted with the new Z.E.40 battery, has a range of 250 miles (NEDC), which translates to a real-world range of around 186 miles in temperate conditions and 124 miles in extreme cold.
The three cars are ZOE Dynamique iNav models, sourced through Renault Croydon. Their comprehensive equipment includes a 7-inch touchscreen housing Renault’s easy-to-use R-LINK2 infotainment system with TomTom® satellite navigation; climate control, electric windows and electric heated mirrors, cruise control, speed limiter, keycard, Bluetooth connectivity and ample storage throughout the cabin. Slough Borough Council has also ordered the optional rear-view parking camera.
The ZOE keeps occupants safe with a five-star Euro NCAP rating and standard safety features such as Electronic Stability Programme with traction and understeer control, Hill Start Assist and front and side driver and passenger airbags.
Cllr Sohail Munawar, Leader of Slough Borough Council said: “The Fleet Challenge is just one of the ways we are making a difference to our communities and our environment. With more than 43,000 commuters travelling into Slough daily and many of our staff out and about on a regular basis, it is really important that the way we travel is as environmentally friendly as possible – and cost effective. By introducing a pool of both ultra-low emissions electric cars and e-bikes, we are moving towards that goal.
“Forty staff tried the Renault ZOE and the feedback was excellent. They found it easy to drive and the controls clear and simple to understand. The charging lead is easy to connect and the range the car offers makes it ideal as a pool car.
“Slough is integrated into the heart of the UK transport and communications network, close to Heathrow Airport, and is an important commercial centre. We want to be an exemplary organisation as we work towards decarbonising our fleet and to set an example to the many businesses in the borough. The introduction of these pool cars is an important step in delivering the council’s Low Emissions Strategy.”
Mark Potter, National Fleet Manager, Groupe Renault UK, said: “We’re delighted that Slough Borough Council has chosen the Renault ZOE as its first electric pool car. The ZOE creates no emissions at the tailpipe, and with the 250-mile range (NEDC) available from its Z.E.40 battery, it will be able to complete return journeys across the borough without needing to stop and charge up again. We are sure staff will also enjoy its smooth, quiet performance and fun character.”
Renault designed the ZOE with the expertise it has acquired as a pioneer of electric-vehicle mobility and as Europe’s number one electric-vehicle brand, as well as a two times winner of the FIA Formula E Championship with the Renault e.Dams team.
All versions provide the peace of mind of Renault’s 4+ Z.E. warranty and assistance package. The car is protected by Renault for four years or 100,000 miles (first two years have no mileage limit). For Z.E. vehicles with a Battery Hire Contract, the Renault Assistance cover is linked to the period of the Battery Hire. In the event of a breakdown even if you run out of charge, Renault provides emergency roadside repairs or repatriation 24/7 every day of the year, plus three years’ European cover. There is also a three-year paint warranty and 12 years’ cover against corrosion.
The ZOE was named a Game Changer at the Autocar Awards 2017 because of its 250-mile (NEDC) range. It has been awarded the title of What Car?’s ‘Best Electric Car’ in 2017 and the ‘Best Electric Car under £20,000’ for the past four years and Best Ultra Low Emission Vehicle at the Fleet World Honours 2017. The ZOE was also named a Which? ‘Best Buy’ in August 2016.