Friday, October 25, 2013

Renault powers UK E-Car Club for sustainable electric vehicle transport system

Renault powers UK’s first 100% electric city car club, E-Car Club with a fleet of 5 electric Renaults, with more to be made available soon. Users can now drive Renault ZOE on a pay-per-use basis.
Ben Fletcher, EV Product Manager at Renault UK, said: “Programmes like E-Car Club are essential because they actually get people behind the wheel. Once you’ve driven an electric vehicle, very few people want to go back because it’s very responsive, quiet, relaxing and well suited to city driving. On top of that there are real gains to be made in terms of emissions, especially with particulates and smog. By having electric vehicles in the city you stop that kind of pollution at the tail pipe and so have a direct positive impact on air quality and public health.”
UK’s government is keen to make it the electric car capital of Europe. Renault leads the market in Europe, selling over 34,000 electric vehicles since Kangoo Van Z.E., hit showrooms in late 2011. Current market share is 47% this year. Those renting a ZOE from E-Car Club will use a Chameleon charger wherein charging can take as little as 30 minutes at a Rapid Charge station. E-Car Club sees investment from Sustainable Venture Partners and the Technology Strategy Board.