Launched in 2018, the Kangoo Z.E. 33 quickly became Ireland’s best-selling electric van, priced from €28,190 after the SEAI grant of €3,800 for businesses. The van’s 7kW AC charger can take its 33kWh battery to a full charge in just six hours, with the ability to ‘top-up’ the vehicle by up to 33km in just one hour, according to Renault.
Companies buying the Kangoo can avail of accelerated capital allowances, enabling them to write down the value of their vehicles in a single year, while employees can benefit from zero per cent BIK.
Renault aims to demonstrate its commitment to electric vehicles by appointing a dedicated Z.E. Champion in each of its Irish dealerships, an electric vehicle expert who will be on hand to answer all customer queries about EVs using real-life experience. Renault has also introduced Z.E. Pass which operates in several European countries, including Ireland, allowing customers to charge their EVs on a wide variety of networks, using a single account via a smartphone app.
Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Ireland: “The electric vehicle market is growing in Ireland and we are proud to have the only long-range electric vehicle in Ireland under €25,000, the Zoe Z.E. 40, now available with more powerful motors and added extras as standard. EVs are forecast to double annually in the coming years, potentially reaching as much as six per cent of the new car market in 2020. Our electric range’s rapid-charging capabilities and zero per cent APR finance make it a perfect choice for Irish motorists and zero per cent B.I.K offers added benefits for fleet customers. We encourage those considering the switch to electric to drop into any Renault dealership and experience our EVs for 24 hours!”