Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has purchased five Renault Zoe cars to begin its move towards a fully electric pool car fleet.
The organisation, whose board is appointed directly by the Scottish Government, works to promote, care for and improve Scotland’s natural heritage, will base the vehicles in Edinburgh, Inverness, Perth and Golspie.
Sigmund Craig-Gould, fleet manager for Scottish Natural Heritage, said:
“Climate change is a global concern, and we are trying to do our part to tackle its effects by reducing our carbon emissions.
“These zero emission electric vehicles will help us achieve our goals, and meet the Scottish Government’s target of phasing out petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032.”
The Zoe is one of our favourite electric cars – with its improved range, is range anxiety now a thing of the past?
18 April 2018 – saying goodbye to the Renault Zoe
So then, what’s the answer to our future mobility? Sorry, that’s a tough one, but I bet we all ponder it while driving through petrol and diesel fumes on our commutes.
Sure, it’s very unlikely that we’ll have completely left combustion engines behind in our lifetime – possibly even during that of our children – but it’ll have to end one day. And then what? If you were expecting a groundbreaking solution to all our transport troubles, then I’m afraid this article waving goodbye to our Zoe isn’t it. However, running this car for the past 12 months has confirmed a few of things.
The first of those things is that, even if electric vehicles (EVs) aren’t the ultimate answer, they are nonetheless fantastic. If you still haven’t had the chance to drive one, you should try to, because their combination of instant torque and silent operation make them superb urban transport. Add to that the Zoe’s modest dimensions, good agility and decent visibility, and you have what I believe is the best commuting tool of What Car?’s long-term fleet.