Renault hope to drive electic this year

Renault Ireland have set an ambitious target. Through managing director Eric Basset they have challenged their dealer network and team to sell 1,000 Renault electric vehicles in Ireland this year.

Renault Ireland have set an ambitious target. Through managing director Eric Basset they have challenged their dealer network and team to sell 1,000 Renault electric vehicles in Ireland this year.

The Renault boss, who has overseen the marque’s market share double since his arrival in Ireland in 2009, is confident that one in ten Renault vehicles sold in 2012 will be electric.

He has also stood by his commitment to make electric vehicles affordable to all and reminds those in any doubt that Ireland is leading the way in Europe for infrastructure and availability of electric vehicles.

Renault launched its electric vehicle offensive in 2008 with the announcement of its comprehensive, line-up of four electric models.

The Renault Kangoo ZE, the first electric vehicle offering from Renault, was launched in November and is available to test drive at dealerships all over the country, priced from €16,400 (including VRT ex-VAT) and including the Government grant of €3,800.

Huge interest

The electric mini van has already seen a huge interest in France where 15,000 Kangoo ZE have already been ordered by some of France’s largest companies, including La Poste, the French postal service.

Renault is the only manufacturer to introduce a range of 100% electric vehicles, from the Kangoo ZE mini van to the Fluence ZE saloon, the Twizy urban quadricycle and the stylish compact hatch the ZOE, all due to appear on Irish roads in 2012.

The Kangoo ZE battery will cost €75 (ex-VAT) per month to lease (based on 48 months, 15,000 KM per year ). Renault Kangoo ZE will be available in three sizes, including the Kangoo Maxi ZE two seat and 5 seat models. It comes with five years unlimited mileage warranty as standard.

Eric Basset said Renault’s Irish team was the best trained network in electric vehicles in all of Europe following extended training over the past year in technology, after sales, and customer care.

“We have committed fully to the arrival of our range of ZE vehicles in Ireland, and recently employed eight Ambassadors who are each fully dedicated experts in electric vehicles, ” he explained.

Cannot be matched

“Our strategy from day one was to make electric vehicles affordable to all and we are standing by this by bringing in our range at prices that cannot be matched by our competitors.

“Ireland is ready for electric. It’s not our future, it’s the present, and Renault Ireland is ready to sell affordable electric vehicles to suit all lifestyles.”

People can arrange a test drive of the new Renault Kangoo ZE at their local Renault dealer.

PS - The Renault Fluence ZE will launch here in March with pre-launch test drives available now. Cost for the pre-launch model is €21,620, including VAT and the Government incentive of €5,000. Battery rental is from €82 per month.