The delivery will contribute to the council’s ongoing goal of electrifying 30% of its hardworking landscapes division fleet.
The new zero tailpipe-emissions-in-use Renault Kangoo E-Tech vans are the first to be purchased by the Council and complement an all-electric Renault Zoe E-Tech car, which was introduced into the fleet last year for use by the landscapes department’s tree inspector.
Lambeth Council will charge its new all-electric Renault vans via 13 new 7kW smart chargers that it has installed across its five maintenance depots located throughout the borough, including at its main site in Archbishops Park.
The Renault Kangoo E-Tech has a potential range of up to 143 miles (WLTP) and can be charged in six hours when using a 7kW wallbox. The EV has a starting price of £23,000 excluding VAT, after the Plug-in Van Grant.
The Renault Kangoo E-Tech can be specified in three body styles (Panel Van, Maxi Panel Van, and Crew Van) and two trim lines – Business and Business+. The Business+ specification includes such features as electrically operated and folding door mirrors, one-touch driver’s electric window, body-coloured bumpers, metallic paint, and rear parking sensors. Depending on the model, it offers a load area of up to 4.6 cubic metres.
Robert Presnall, Lambeth Landscapes Transport Manager has explained that the Renault EV is the perfect vehicle for improving air quality.
“As a council that is striving to significantly improve air quality within our borough, we want to lead by example and have a low-emission fleet,” he said. “The Kangoo E-Tech allows us to continue our focus on our local environment with no impact on our operational effectiveness.”
As WhichEV reported, Renault has become a prominent player on the all-electric market as in 2020 the company was Europe’s number one electric vehicle manufacturer.
Renault is also planning to bring back to the market a shiny new electric version of the iconic R5.