Eden Project’s electric Renault fleet
- 13 Kangoo Z.Es – four Maxi crew cab versions and nine panel vans
- 2 Renault Twizy quadricycles
- 3 ZOE 5-door hatchbacks
A FLEET of 13 electric Kangoos for The Eden Project shows that Renault’s zero emissions van and crew cab is just as suited to hilly green spaces as it is for urban areas.
The Kangoos are among 18 Renault electric vehicles for the Eden Project, joining ZOE hatchbacks and Twizy quadricycles so that the 100% electric vehicles (EVs) will be a familiar sight to environment-loving tourists at the world-famous West Country crowd-puller.
The 13 Kangoo Z.Es – four Maxi crew cab versions and nine panel vans, with the same carrying capcity as their diesel equivalents with ultra-low running costs – will be used across the site by maintenance, horticulture, security, live programming and catering teams.
The 13 electric Kangoos for The Eden Project make the fleet the third largest for Kangoo EV in the country, with Gnewt Cargo leading the way with 55 of the electric vans, followed by Kent University with 20.
The latest move strengthens the longstanding relationship between Europe’s leading EV manufacturer and the Cornish environmental showcase and follows successful trials of Renault’s range of all-electric cars and vans.
At the forefront of electric vehicle (EV) technology for several years and with the ambition to provide everyone with access to affordable, sustainable motoring, Renault is the perfect automotive partner for The Eden Project.
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The arrival of the environmentally-compatible Renault electric vehicles is timely as Eden is wishing to place a greater emphasis on informing and educating its visitors about the benefits of electric vehicles in reducing carbon emissions.
To be used by its team throughout the site and also further afield in the promotion of the ever-popular tourist attraction and educational charity, Eden’s vehicles span the full spectrum of the Renault Z.E range with the Twizy quadricycle, ZOE supermini and Kangoo Z.E in both panel van and Maxi crew cab body styles.
Renault’s significant presence at Eden will also extend to an interactive electric vehicle exhibit in the Core building – Eden’s exhibition, science and learning centre. To be hosted during the school summer holidays between 23 July and 4 September, the exhibit is designed to engage with visitors and provide them with an insight into the environmental benefits and workings of electric vehicles.
With zero tailpipe emissions and being near silent in operation, the Renault EVs are ideal for Eden. The vehicles work to preserve the site’s striking landscape and tranquil, back-to-nature atmosphere, while also offering the flexibility and versatility that its team require when operating vehicles in and around a complex and busy visitor destination.
The Renault Twizy is a perfect fit in more ways than one, its narrow width and compact dimensions enabling it to negotiate the entire pathway network of Eden and even be allowed to drive into the climate-controlled Biomes with their rainforest and Mediterranean horticulture.
The Eden Project will use two of its three Renault ZOEs to assist with visitor services, the design of the award-winning five-door hatchback making it suitable to transport less able-bodied visitors around the site.
The supply of the increasingly popular range of Renault electric vehicles for Eden Project follows Renault becoming the Official Car Partner of the Eden Sessions – a series of outdoor gigs, featuring some of the best acts in the world playing against the backdrop of the famous Biomes.
James Boyer, Groupe Renault UK’s marketing director, said: “The partnership with The Eden Project is a fantastic endorsement for our passion to develop electric vehicles that are inspired by the environment.
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“Renault’s revolutionary electric vehicles are the perfect fit for Eden and we are delighted that they will help demonstrate the many attributes of electric vehicles to thousands of visitors, delivering a peaceful and effortless drive through an ergonomic and simple design. Easy to charge and frugal in use, they will play a key role in the day-to-day running of The Eden Project.”
Rita Broe, sales and marketing director at The Eden Project, said: “Having the Renault fleet hard at work across the site, as well as hosting a major interactive Renault exhibit at Eden in peak season, will help inform and educate our hundreds of thousands of visitors about the benefits of owning electric cars in a fun, engaging way.”
Ben Fletcher, Renault’s electric vehicle product manager, added: “In addition to offering environmental benefits, the vehicles’ highly attractive running costs will also contribute to lowering the site’s operational costs, while their flexible charging options and ease of use ensure they are immensely practical.”
In 2015, Renault was Europe’s electric van leader with Kangoo Van Z.E. Renault has sold over 94,000 electric vehicles across the world to date.