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Switch to electric for Key Guard fleet

Irish owned security company Key Guard has made a significant €450k investment in switching its entire patrol fleet to electric.

The Mullingar-based company has purchased 10 all-new Zoe Commercials, two new Zoe passenger cars, two Renault Kangoo Z.E. vans, a new charging infrastructure at all its bases and staff training.

Pictured L-R is Paul Ennis, Key Guard MD, John Farrell, Tullamore Motors and Gary Breen, Renault Ireland.

The 10 Zoe Commercials were recently purchased from Key Guard’s local dealership, Tullamore Motors. Its 3 phase AC charging capability, which allows 100 per cent charge in just three hours using a 22kW public or workplace charger, was one of the key deciding factors in Key Guard’s switch to electric.

Building a sustainable model for the business going forward and increasing fuel costs were key factors for the Mullingar company’s decision to switch to electric vehicles. The firm had already purchased two fully electric Renault Kangoo Z.E. Commercials and two New Zoe passenger cars for the business.

Key Guard says its fleet vehicles were doing up to 150,000km per annum per vehicle and spending thousands on fuel each month. The switch is expected to save the firm up to €5,000 per vehicle per year.

Paul Ennis, managing director, Key Guard commented: “Over the last 18 months, we have extensively researched and investigated the electric vehicle market to find the best overall solution for Key Guard Security.

“The all-new Renault Zoe Commercial ticked all of the boxes with improved range capacity of 395KM, a good price point and excellent 22kW charging capability meaning that we can fully charge each Zoe Commercial from empty in three hours.

“The Renault Zoe Commercials will ensure that we are reducing the environmental footprint for our customers as well as providing a healthy and comfortable workspace for our employees.”

Paul Ennis pictured with one of Key Guard’s new Renault Zoe Commercials.

John Farrell, general manager, Tullamore Motors added: “It has been a great journey with Key Guard from Kangoo diesel to Kangoo ZE and now to All-New Zoe Commercial for their fleet requirements.

“We are glad to be working with a such progressive company who together over the last 18 months with consultation have converted to a cost effective EV solution for their fleet.

The range and value for spend with the support of Renault in producing a Zoe Commercial made it an extremely viable proposition.”

The new Zoe Commercial has a range of up to 395km on a single charge. It is priced from €29,190 including VAT and after €3,800 grant for business buyers.