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Council adds Renault Zoes to fleet

Date: 03 August 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

West Surrey County Council has added the Renault Zoe electric vehicle (EV) to its car fleet.

Four Zoe Q90 models in Dynamique Nav trim have been taken on by the authority. It has put them into service as pool cars, helping the council reduce its emissions by tackling grey fleet car use and cutting costs by offering staff an alternative to their own vehicles.

The cars are set to complete several thousand journeys per year, allowing users to travel from the council's headquarters in Chichester to points as far afield as Crawley and Shoreham and back again on a single charge, thanks to their estimated 174-mile real world range.

The council's team leader for fleet resource and support Loretta Haddow said: "We have had EVs on trial and extended demos before and must have looked at every model out there, but they have never been quite right for us.

"But the latest Zoe was the game changer for us and the extended range made it a viable option for the first time.

"We are really pleased that the Zoe is able to get across the county and back. And we wanted to give everyone who's going to take one of these cars the confidence to know that wherever they're going, they're going to get back again." 

Haddow added that the Zoe's projected running costs also appealed. 

"While range and emissions were the biggest factors for us, as a public sector organisation we still have to present a compelling business case before adding new vehicles to our fleet.

"In this case, the Zoe ticked all the boxes in terms of whole life costs."