Renault UK welcomes the additional government funding for electric vehicle charge points

THURSDAY 1ST AUGUST 2013

RENAULT UK WELCOMES THE ADDITIONAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGE POINTS

ZOE (Image: Renault)
ZOE (Image: Renault)

Renault UK welcomes the additional government funding for electric vehicle charge points with the announcement of the winning bids for additional points to be installed by dozens of local authorities, NHS Trusts and train operators.

Renault’s latest electric vehicle, the ZOE supermini, has just gone on sale in the UK with its owners already enjoying the benefit of a free domestic charge point, supplied and installed by British Gas.

Purchasers also save up to £5,000 on the price of their electric car from the government’s Plug-In Grant.  ZOE answers the comment that EVs can be expensive with a starting price from just £13,995, after the grant, equivalent to the price of a diesel supermini, and becomes yet another incentive to make the switch to electric and ‘Drive the change’.

Whilst Renault believes that around 90% of charging will take place at home, Renault’s electric vehicle customers will also benefit from the additional peace of mind that the improved public infrastructure provides.

Commenting on its latest initiative, Renault UK’s Ben Fletcher, Electric Vehicle Product Manager, said,

“The two most common preconceptions of electric vehicles are an expensive purchase price and lack of public opportunity to charge.  ZOE’s pricing puts the first point to rest, and this latest announcement, on top of the established highly developed network of public charging points, answers the second and allows customers to buy EV with complete confidence”

Renault is the only manufacturer today with a range of four electric vehicles on sale and, together with its Alliance partner Nissan, has already sold 100,000 EVs across the globe. ZOE, spearheads Renault’s four-strong Z.E. range of 100 per cent electric vehicles and is stylish, affordable and practical – perfect for households whether they’re commuting, doing supermarket and school runs, or even doing moderate distances. ZOE’s official NEDC range is 130 miles, the longest of any EV, with a real-world range of around 90 miles in temperate conditions or 60 in cold weather.

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    Trevor Larkum
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    THURSDAY 1ST AUGUST 2013                                                                               344 WORDS   RENAULT UK WELCOMES THE ADDITIONAL
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    #4422

    Andrew_Debbie
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    NHS Trusts, Council Offices, Train Stations ???

    Does anyone here anticipate needing to charge at any of those?

    In five years, I’ve been to the council offices once. It is a 15 mile round trip.

    We go to the hospital once or twice a year, but it is also well within the range of any EV.

    Train Station? I live in a rural location. Even so, the train station is maybe 30 mile round trip.

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    Steamrunner
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    Well, I can see the NHS Trust – and indeed any tourist spot – being a good idea. I can’t see many members of the public using council office chargers, although if it gets a few council vehicles swapped out for leccy then fair enough. Might even get the odd mayor adopting one, I suppose*.
    But train stations – I think you need more than a couple at a train station if they’re going to be any use. Cars are clearly going to be parked there longer than they take to charge.

    *I can imagine what it’d be like if they fitted one outside Number 10:
    “And here we see the Chancellor, on his way to give his Budget speech. He’s posing on the steps of Number 11, holding the famous red briefcase aloft, and now he’s getting into the car which will whisk him off to Parliament. He closes the door, and… the car isn’t moving. The driver is getting out now, and he’s realised he needs to unplug the charging cable from the charger. He’s pulling on it, it seems to be stuck – he’s forgotten that he needs to unplug it from the car first. No, it’s not coming away from the car – now he’s fumbling for the remote, trying to find the button to release the cable. No, that hasn’t worked, now he’s getting back in the car – ah yes, he’s turning it all off and, I believe, yes, he’s turned it back on again. Now he’s out of the car again, and he’s able to unplug the cable from the car. He’s going back to the charging point, and the cable still isn’t coming away from the charger. And I do believe – yes, he’s borrowing the Chancellor’s phone to call SourceLondon and ask them to remotely unlock the cable. Ah, that’s done it, the driver is now coiling up the cable and slinging it in the back of the car. The driver is now apologising to the Chancellor for hitting him with the cable, and it finally looks like they’re ready to set – no, he’s gone and tried to move off before the car was ready, now he has to reset it again. Ah, now, wait – what’s this? Yes, I do believe that one of John Prescott’s old Jags has just pulled up, and the Chancellor has got in and the majestic V6 has now whisked him away.”

    #4439

    markd
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    @steamrunner Very funny! I’m sure I also heard the following; hold on, the driver is just explaining to the Chancellor that his destination is beyond the safe range of the car and asking if it’s OK to stop off at Ikea in Wembley to recharge. The driver is asking the Chancellor if he likes Swedish meatballs. Ah, there’s another problem, the driver is looking sheepish as he’s forgotten to bring his Ecotricity RFID card, but does have one for the Polar network. He’s checking the sat nav but can’t tell which chargers are compatible, etc, etc, etc

    #4441

    Trevor Larkum
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    Sad, but largely true!

    #4505

    timbo
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    Personally I think the charge points at railway stations, car parks etc. is a great initiative. Sure this doesn’t take away the greater need for fast chargers at motorway service stations etc.
    But they’ll still be useful. How many times have you struggled to find a parking space at a busy commuter station, in the city centre etc.. So now early adopters have a ‘reserved’ space and (at least if you’re a ‘charge your car’ network member), not only is there always somewhere to park, but the charging is free too!

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