2019

The year of the electric fleet?

Businesses have never been under more pressure to run cleaner, more cost-effective vehicles. Councils across the UK are unveiling ‘Clean Air Zone’ plans for the coming years, and London is already consulting on areas where petrol or diesel vehicles could soon be restricted. But, with rapid advances in technology and products, switching to electrification has never been easier. Here are five reasons to take a new look at electric vehicles:

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They’re Cost-Effective

Electric vehicles can deliver significant running cost savings compared to petrol or diesel counterparts. ‘Fuel’ costs for driving electric are around 4p per mile* and, with fewer moving parts under the bonnet than a combustion engine, they’re cheaper and quicker to service, too.

They’re Easy to Deploy

The latest battery technology is delivering ranges long enough to cater for an ever-wider cross section of fleets’ daily mileage, even while fully loaded. Charged overnight, or while loading, there’s no need to compromise on uptime and businesses can take advantage of the Government’s Workplace Charging Scheme. This offers 75% (up to a maximum of £500) of the purchase and installation costs to put charging infrastructure in place.

They’re Good for Drivers

Electric vehicles can deliver significant running cost savings compared to petrol or diesel counterparts. ‘Fuel’ costs for driving electric are around 4p per mile* and, with fewer moving parts under the bonnet than a combustion engine, they’re cheaper and quicker to service, too.

They’re Perfect for Cities

With limited engine noise and no tailpipe emissions at the point of use, electric vehicles help your business minimise its impact on the local environment. Deploying them on your fleet shows you care about local residents, while also future-proofing your operation against ‘Clean Air Zones’ and restricted operating hours.

They’re Great for Fleets

No two fleets’ requirements are alike, but there’s now a wide selection of electric vehicles, suited to an incredibly diverse range of roles. Renault’s line-up spans from the inner-city manoeuvrability of Twizy Cargo to New Master Z.E., which provides up to a 19m3 load area and a 1,128kg payload, all utilising the latest Renault battery technology to maximise range.

Renault Pro+ has the largest range of electric commercial vehicles on the UK market, supported by eight years’ experience with plugged-in fleets and the service of the Renault Pro+ specialist dealer network.

Procurement for Housing offers flexible vehicle procurement solutions, backed by expert advice, guidance and support.

On Fleet: Scottish Water

Scottish Water, the publicly-owned water and waste water services provider to 2.5 million households and 153,000 business, operates a small van fleet which covers the entire country, including routes in the Highlands. They have chosen to deploy a pair of Kangoo Z.E. 33 vans to minimise their carbon emissions.


The vans are in use with its Scientific Services and Maintenance teams, which collectively account for a third of its fleet, and the trial is supported by Renault Pro+ Commercial Vehicles, with manufacturer-provided driver training provided to help employees familiarise themselves with the technology.


For Scottish Water, the Kangoo Z.E. impressed with its range, versatility and ease of use. It offers the Maintenance team an almost identical payload to the diesel version, while the specialist refrigerator conversion allows Scientific Services to transport water samples at the optimum temperature for testing at Scottish Water laboratories. Carried out by Bott, the refrigerated van features roof-mounted solar panels, which charge an on-board battery and power the refrigerator.

An NEDC range of 170 miles*, supported by 26 charging points at the supplier’s locations across Scotland, means both vans can be trialled to gain a realistic understanding of their capability within the Scottish Water fleet. The vans build on previous carbon-cutting measures, including driver training, and are aimed at supporting the Scottish Government’s targeted 90% CO2 reduction by 2050.


Ross Shepherd, Fleet Manager at Scottish Water, said: “First impressions are already good and our sampling team are enjoying how easy it is to drive, while both vehicles are also performing well in terms of range and being up to the task. Being able to do our part to protect our local environment is upmost to us and we are excited to trial and monitor the performance of these vehicles to understand more about the role electric vehicles can play in Scottish Water’s fleet in the longer term.”

“We pride ourselves on our pioneering EV technology and it’s very rewarding to see how Scottish Water has chosen the Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 as the ideal 100% electric vehicle to be a feasible replacement for its hard-working, conventionally-powered Light Commercial Vehicles.”

Vincent Tourette, Managing Director at Groupe Renault UK

*Figures are obtained for comparative purposes in accordance with EU Legislation and may not reflect real life driving results.