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Renault enhances flexibility and access to its most popular electric vehicles
Renault has introduced innovative new ownership packages for two of its most popular electric vehicles – the ZOE i and Kangoo Van Z.E i versions. The company said it has made the move to underline its determination to make Z.E. (zero emissions in use) mobility flexible and accessible to the widest number of drivers.
Customers will now be able to order the specific ZOE and Kangoo Van models mentioned above, supplied as “Full Purchase”, providing would-be owners with a choice between full ownership of both the vehicle and the battery, or utilise the existing buy-the-car/hire-the-battery schemes. This move means that potential Renault electric-vehicle customers will be able to tailor an ownership package that meets their exact requirements.
But Renault is also giving good news to those who prefer peace of mind and a lower purchase cost of battery hire, with a special offer offering lower monthly rates for ZOE and Kangoo Van Z.E.
The model line-up will be exactly the same, whichever ownership package the customer chooses. The only exception will be the additional ‘i’ badge which will be fitted to the tailgate on those models bought on the full purchase scheme. This will provide an easy identifier for the used vehicle market.
The ZOE continues to be offered in three trim levels: Expression, Dynamique Zen and Dynamique Intens. The ZOE i is available for an on the road price of £18,443 after the Government has applied its Plug-In Car Grant. If you opt for the battery lease, the cost of the vehicle is then £13,995.
The Kangoo Van Z.E. mirrors the diesel versions, which means it is available as Van, Maxi, Crew Van and Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Cab. It starts from £16,161 (+ VAT) after the Government grant, dropping to £12,995 (+VAT) if you opt to lease the battery.
The full purchase models are protected by a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty on the batteries in addition to the standard Renault vehicle protection of four years / 100,000-miles. The battery warranty provides customer with peace of mind against possible decreases in battery performance over time, and guarantees at least 70% of the original capacity for ZOE and 66% for the Kangoo Van Z.E.
Ken Ramirez, Managing Director of Renault UK, told EcoCars4Sale: “Renault was a pioneer in the EV market and has remained a leader by offering the best technology, across a wide Z.E. line-up and at affordable prices. The battery leasing scheme has proved popular with customers for the flexibility and lower purchase prices it offers. The addition of full purchase versions on our core EV models will offer private and business customers a greater choice and further strengthen our position in the UK EV market.”
CAP Monitor, one of the UK’s leading assessors of vehicle residual values, has responded positively to these initiatives.
Martin Ward, CAP Manufacturer Relationship Manager, told us: “The ZOE and Kangoo Van Z.E. ranges have become a time-tested, high-quality, innovative and important component of a fast-growing vehicle sector. CAP Automotive welcomes any steps that broaden choice for the customer and increase the opportunities for take-up of these cars by the motoring public and businesses.”
Meanwhile, the battery hire scheme, which has proved to be such an attractive proposition with early adopters of electric vehicles, becomes even more appealing with the introduction of a new special offer.
Battery hire will start from £25 per month (down from £45) for the ZOE and from £33+VAT per month (down from £61+VAT) for the Kangoo Van Z.E. range. Over a 36-month period this represents a total saving of £900 on ZOE and £1,008+VAT on Kangoo Van Z.E. on the cost of the battery lease.
The flexibility and convenience of Battery Hire make these offers even more attractive, with a Lifetime Performance Guarantee on batteries under its lease scheme, including repair or replacement if they fall below 75 per cent of their original capacity, as well as the peace of mind of roadside recovery even in the event of an owner running out of charge away from a charging point.
Renault claims it has the widest range of all-electric vehicles on sale in the UK, pointing to the Twizy as well as the ZOE supermini and Kangoo Van Z.E. Renault has already sold a total of 2,000 electric vehicles in the UK.
PRICING – ZOE & ZOE i
|Battery Hire*||Battery Purchase|
|ZOE Dynamique Zen||£15,195||n/a|
|ZOE Dynamique Intens||£15,195||n/a|
|ZOE i-Dynamique Zen||n/a||£20,043|
|ZOE i-Dynamique Intens||n/a||£20,043|
|Battery Hire*||Battery Purchase|
|Kangoo Van Z.E.||£12,995||n/a|
|Kangoo Maxi Z.E.||£13,895||n/a|
|Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Z.E.||£14,395||n/a|
|Kangoo Maxi Crew Van CAB Z.E.||£14,895||n/a|
|Kangoo i Van Z.E.||n/a||£16,161|
|Kangoo i Maxi Z.E.||n/a||£17,062|
|Kangoo i Maxi Crew Van Z.E.||n/a||£17,561|
|Kangoo i Maxi Crew Van CAB Z.E.||n/a||£18,062|
*= Battery Hire on ZOE from £25/month
N.B. All pricing figures are after the Government Plug-in Car Grant.