Renault Zoe secures place on fire service fleet
20 September 2019
Author: Sean Keywood
Renault has announced that 45 examples of its Zoe electric car have been ordered by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).
The service plans to use the new Zoes as general pool vehicles, with each set to cover at least 10,000 miles a year.
They will be used by uniformed staff, office employees and management to interact with the public in non-emergency situations, such as free home safety visits and community events, and will be spread across the whole of Scotland, including all major cities and as far north as Orkney and the Shetland Islands.
The new Zoes are the first pure electric vehicles to join SFRS's nearly 1,800-strong fleet, and will now account for nearly a quarter of its pool cars.
SFRS says it eventually plans to replace all of its pool cars with Zoes.
SFRS fleet manager Scott Roberts said: "The Renault Zoe's range and vastly improved charging infrastructure means we have been able to spread them far and wide, and there's not a nook or cranny of Scotland that one of our Zoes isn't able to cover.
"Introducing them has been a major step in our future direction and while we have previously adopted hybrid technology with a handful of vehicles, they felt more like a box ticking exercise and never really worked on a practical or financial basis.
"With the Zoe, we can see that having environmentally-compatible electric vehicles is a viable business model, allowing us to reduce our carbon footprint, preserve the country we are so passionate about and provide our team with a vehicle that is perfect for their requirements."