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It’s been a busy few months on the red carpet for Renault, with products winning awards at numerous industry events. Here are a few of the highlights.

Best Ultra-Low Emission Car – Fleet World Honours

The Renault ZOE confirmed its ever-increasing popularity with business users after being named the ‘Best Ultra-Low Emission Car’ for the second consecutive year at the Fleet World Honours 2018.

Hosted by Fleet World magazine, the annual awards, held at the Royal Automobile Club in London, recognise vehicles, individuals and service providers that demonstrate excellence in the fleet sector in terms of innovation, quality and sustainability.

On the judges’ decision, Alex Grant, Editor, Fleet World, said: “ULEVs have come a long way since the ZOE launched in 2013, but so has Renault’s chic electric supermini. The larger-capacity battery only widens its appeal, offering a real-world range of almost 200 miles in a segment that’s perfectly suited to electrification, with quick charging for longer trips. It’s a well-rounded, good-value reason to make the switch to electric power.”

Best Electric Car for less than £20,000 – What Car? Awards

The all-electric Renault ZOE added to its growing awards tally having been recognised for the fifth consecutive year by What Car? judges. The ZOE Q90 Z.E. 40 Dynamique Nav was named ‘Best Electric Car for less than £20,000’ at the What Car? Awards 2018 in London this evening.

Commenting on the decision to award the ZOE for a fifth consecutive year, Steve Huntingford, Editor, What Car? said: “The latest Renault ZOE impressed our judges because it represents a significant step towards overcoming ‘range anxiety’. The only other electric cars in the UK that are capable of travelling up to 250 miles between charges come from Tesla. But while the trendy Californian firm’s Model S costs from £64,000, our favoured ZOE can be yours for £18,595.”

Electric Car of the Year – Company Car of the Year Awards 

The game-changing range of the all-electric Renault ZOE has contributed to the stylish supermini being voted the ‘Electric Car of the Year’ at the inaugural Company Car Today Awards.

On the decision to award the highly-coveted ‘Electric Car of the Year’ award to the Renault ZOE, Paul Barker, Creator and Editor, Company Car Today, said: “The Renault ZOE, especially with its enhanced range, has proven that full electric cars can be a practical, cost-efficient and good-looking company car. The ZOE is, and continues to be, a pioneer of what is still a fledgling technology, but one to which more and more fleets are switching into the benefits.” 

Best SME Green Company Car - Business Car Manager Awards

The Renault ZOE underlined the significant financial and environmental benefits it offers businesses of all sizes by winning the Best SME Green Company Car category at the 2018 Business Car Manager Awards.

Hosted by Business Car Manager magazine, the annual awards celebrate the very best company vehicles and company car programmes available to SMEs. The Renault ZOE, in Dynamique Nav specification, was announced as this year’s winner of the hard-fought Green Company Car award at a presentation ceremony.

Industry experts – led by Paul Hollick, chairman of the Institute of Car Fleet Management and commercial director of The Miles Consultancy – also praised the manufacturer for how it complements the ZOE with a class-leading package of support that makes it easier for SMEs to make the switch to an ‘electrified’ vehicle.

Ralph Morton, Editorial Director, Business Car Manager, said: “The Best Green SME Company Car category proved highly competitive this year. So it's a real reflection of Renault's commitment to the EV sector that the independent judges should pick the ZOE, not only for its undoubted capabilities but also for Renault's commitment and practical assistance in enabling SMEs to move over to electrified technologies. It's an example more manufacturers should consider as best in class."

Best Green Van - Business Van of the Year Awards

The 100% electric Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 reaffirmed its class-leading status by being named ‘Best Green Van’ for the second consecutive year at the Business Van of the Year Awards.

Hosted by the Business Vans website at www.businessvans.co.uk, the annual awards recognise the van and commercial vehicle manufacturers that are leading the way in the LCV sector.

Ralph Morton, Editorial Director, Business Vans, said: "With minimal running costs, upgraded battery for up to 170 miles (NEDC) and no loss of payload capacity, the Kangoo Z.E. 33 remains the stand-out electric van in the sector."

Best Used Electric Car’ - Diesel Car and Eco Car’s Used Car Top 50

The all-electric Renault ZOE has been recognised by Diesel Car and Eco Car Magazine’s judges by being named ‘Best Used Electric Car’ in Diesel Car and Eco Car’s Used Car Top 50.

Ian Robertson, Editor and Publisher, Diesel Car and Eco Car said: “We can think of few better cars for whizzing around local roads. You’ll be doing so in near silence and with no tailpipe emissions to worry about, and benefits include no road tax or London Congestion Charge payments.”

Best Road Tax-Free Car - Carbuyer Awards

The Renault Kadjar has underlined its efficiency and frugal running costs by being voted the ‘Best Road Tax-Free Car’ at the Carbuyer Awards 2018.

The award is the latest in a rapidly-increasing number of accolades to be bestowed on the stylish Kadjar. The Carbuyer judging panel chose the Kadjar as their victor after seeing how it makes it possible for car buyers to enjoy all the benefits and comfort of a sizeable crossover, while at the same time saving money and lowering the environmental impact of their motoring.

Stuart Milne, Editor, Carbuyer, said: "It still seems remarkable that you can buy a car the size of the Renault Kadjar and still emit less than 100g/km of CO2 – making used examples registered before 1 April 2017 free to tax. Choose the 110 hp 1.5-litre diesel, and not only will your Kadjar not cost a penny in VED, but you'll still get a fantastically practical, comfortable and good looking family SUV that's great to drive.”

Pure Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Green Apple Champion - Green Organisation

The Renault ZOE was declared the Pure Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Green Apple Champion by the Green Organisation at an awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament for the third consecutive time.

The all-electric Renault ZOE was voted into first place as judges from the Midland Group of Motoring Writers praised its environmental credentials, commitment to an electric future and its affordability.

One of the Midland Group of Motoring Writers said of the ZOE: "I've chosen it because it has charm, an excellent interior and its new extended range of 180-miles plus makes it an option for a wider group of motorists."

Best Used Green Car - What Car? Used Car Awards 2018

The all-electric Renault ZOE has been recognised by What Car? judges for the second time this year having now picked up the title of ‘Best Used Green Car’ at the What Car? Used Car Awards 2018.

Commenting on the decision to award the 100 per cent electric ZOE, Alex Robbins, Used Cars Editor, What Car?, said: “Electric cars are gaining in popularity, and the Renault ZOE is one of those we have to thank. What’s so impressive about the ZOE is just how hassle-free it is to drive. Conventional, easy-to-understand controls make it so user-friendly that it’s a doddle for anyone used to driving a normal, combustion-engined automatic to get to grips with. But it’s also practical and spacious inside, and thanks to its zippy electric drivetrain, it’s quick and easy to drive around town. Best of all, as a used buy, it’s now looking like terrific value. It truly is an electric car for the masses.”

Electric Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year – GreenFleet Awards

Renault was awarded the title of Electric Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year at the GreenFleet awards. 

Every year, the GreenFleet Awards recognises organisations which have successfully adopted low emission vehicles and innovative fuel saving solutions into their fleets, along with the manufacturers and innovators of low carbon technologies.

Angela Pisanu, editor of GreenFleet magazine, said; “The winner this year has had their experts come up with new battery technology that has enabled them to increase the range on their small car and van EV offering… With the capability to go for 250 miles on a single charge in the car, and 170 in the van, they are set to revolutionise the EV market with a new larger offering in 2018 too.”

Homologated range according to NEDC test cycle, for comparison purposes, 250 miles, and may not reflect real life driving results. Range will vary on various factors including driving conditions, driving style, temperature and topography but is likely to be between 124 miles in winter conditions and 186 miles in temperate conditions with the Z.E. 40battery(available on Dynamique Nav and above).