Two Renault Z.E. Models Take to the Road at Fleetworld EV Showcase

Fleet managers and contract hire companies are among the first people in the UK to test out two of the electric vehicles in Renault’s eagerly-anticipated Z.E. (Zero Emissions) range. Those who visited the Fleetworld Electric Vehicle Showcase at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham got their chance to put the Kangoo Van Z.E. and Fluence Z.E. through their paces around a dedicated four-mile test drive circuit.

The specific Fluence Z.E. that was on show is one of the first few examples to appear in the country, ahead of its official launch next Spring. Its UK price and specifications will be announced when reservations start in June. However, a European price was recently announced at  €26,000, £22,900 at current exchange rate.

Also on show was the Kangoo Van Z.E. that features the same load capacity and functions as its petrol-based cousin, but
adds an electric twist to it. The Kangoo Van Z.E. is priced from £16,990 excluding VAT, with £59 monthly (excluding VAT) battery lease over four years/9,000 miles.

“It’s very exciting for us to be able to start letting business customers get behind the wheel of our Z.E. range so they can see for themselves all the intrinsic benefits of driving and running electric vehicles," Darren Payne, Renault UK’s Director of Fleet and Commercial Vehicle Operations, said.

Renault will be the first manufacturer to offer a full range of EV and Payne has noted there’s been a massive sense of expectation. Several large organizations and local authorities have already expressed interest in the Renault Z.E. range.

“They’re keen to learn more on every aspect of electric vehicle ownership and how they will enhance their businesses as part of busy fleets, and the feedback on the drives has been overwhelmingly positive. Drivers rated the performance and lack of noise very highly and were particularly impressed with the comfort, quality of finish and the fact that they both drive like conventional diesel and petrol-powered models,”
Payne added.
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