South Lanarkshire Council has taken delivery of 141 all-electric New Renault Zoes, the order being the biggest ever placed for Renault Z.E. electric vehicles in Scotland and reaffirming the Council’s commitment to implementing low-carbon travel across its operations.
The majority of the vehicles will be utilised to switch the Council’s entire pool car fleet of 104 vehicles from diesel to fully electric power. The Renault Zoes will be used by a wide range of personnel to travel throughout the Council’s 20 wards and sometimes further afield to complete site visits, attend meetings and training appointments.
The remaining 37 Renault ZOEs will be deployed across a range of council services including Roads, Housing and Technical and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture. When in service the new arrivals will mean 28 per cent of the Council’s fleet will now be fully electric.
The Council also hopes that by exposing so many of its personnel to the experience and benefits of driving an electric vehicle, they will themselves consider making the change from a conventional ICE vehicle to an EV.
Funding for the New Renault ZOEs was made possible thanks to a grant of more than £1 million from Transport Scotland’s Switched on Fleets Programme.
The five-door superminis will be charged via charging points that are already installed throughout the South Lanarkshire Council estate, with the Council set to add more chargers in the near future.
Chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s Community and Enterprise Resources Committee, Councillor John Anderson, said: “We are delighted that these new electric vehicles will help us on our journey to reduce the amount of emissions across our entire fleet. We are aware of the Scottish Government’s targets to help fight climate change and we will continue to look at new and innovative ways to help us contribute to that.
“The early feedback we have had from staff using the vehicles is very positive, with many praising how far they can travel on a single charge as well as how comfortable and responsive they are to drive.”