Q & A
EVs In Business
Ben Fletcher, EV range manager, Renault North Territory
Renault already covers more of the market than any other manufacturer with 100% electric vehicles – the stylish ZOE small hatchback, fun Twizy quadricycle, practical Kangoo Van Z.E.33 and, later this year, the capacious Master Z.E. large panel van. Going forward, it was announced last December that Groupe Renault will offer eight pure electric vehicles and 12 electrified models in its line-up by 2022.
Renault Business spoke to Ben Fletcher, Electric vehicle Range Manager, Renault North Territory, about the EV sector and how businesses can take advantage of these new vehicles.
What do fleets need to do or know in order to be encouraged to take up EVs?
Basically, the vehicles are easier to live with than many people think, while also being even more cost effective than many expect. So, in terms of what fleets need to do, I’d always say ‘try the vehicles’. It’s only through trying them that people can really understand their capabilities and how easy they are to live with and integrate into existing usage cycles.
As far as what businesses need to know, the amount of money and financial case for integrating EVs into a fleet are truly compelling – so I’d urge fleets to look into that. With fuel costs at about 25% of a typical comparable ICE vehicle, as well as reduced maintenance costs plus accounting and tax benefits such as the 100% writedown allowance in the first year, there are huge savings to be made. Our two new Z.E. business development managers are ready to help companies with these calculations, as well as any other questions about going electric – find out more here.
What are the major hurdles to overcome and why?
Previously, we’ve seen that range has been the biggest hurdle to overcome for drivers converting to an electric vehicle. However, this is quickly changing – our vehicles are leading the way and have some of the longest real-world range of any vehicles on the market right now. In terms of charging, the ZOE can charge from 0-80% full in just over an hour when using a 43kW charge point.
The variety of vehicles on offer has previously been more restricted, which has also meant that perhaps some companies with specific needs haven’t been able to find a vehicle to suit them. With the launch of Master Z.E. later this year, the availability of a large electric van will also help to open the option of electrification to many more fleets.
Do EVs offer any advantages over petrol/diesel for fleets?
The ZOE receives a BiK cost of just 7%*, around a third of the BiK cost for an equivalent petrol/diesel. On top of this, EV running costs are much more affordable, from around 2p per mile**. For delivery drivers in and around London, the lack of Congestion Charge for Kangoo Van Z.E. and forthcoming Master Z.E. is yet another reason to switch to an EV.
What is Renault's view of the legislative and governmental landscape of electric motoring?
It’s great that the government take a really wide view of incentives, not just focusing on supporting the initial purchase price of the vehicle, but also looking at the wider ecosystem through helping with the installation of chargepoints both at home and in businesses. The long-term views and objectives set out, such as the 2040 announcement, are really helpful in showing that zero emission vehicles*** are here to stay and mean that customers can invest in their fleets with confidence.
*Renault UK Limited does not offer tax advice and recommends that all Company Car Drivers consult their own accountants with regards to their particular tax position. **Based on a) Overnight charging (EDF energy Simply Fixed August 2018 rates with payment via monthly Direct Debit) b) a full recharge of the 41kWh battery and c) 186 miles on a full charge. ***Zero emissions whilst driving