University of Kent expands its electric Renault Kangoo Van fleet to 15

One of the UK’s leading academic institutions is using the 100 per cent electric Renault Kangoo Van Z.E to help educate its students on the importance of sustainability and the benefits of electric vehicles.

The University of Kent is employing the versatile LCV to transport its maintenance teams, furniture and recycling around the 300-acre grounds of its Canterbury campus.

The highly visible use of the Renault Kangoo Van Z.E, coupled with a striking livery proclaiming the 100 per cent electric power, perfectly illustrates to students the advancements in electric vehicle technology and the university’s commitment to the environment.

In the latest development in its drive to meet the targets of its Carbon Trust Strategy, where it aims to lower its carbon emissions by 23 per cent by 2020, the University of Kent has added six further Renault Kangoo Van Z.E Panel Van versions to its fleet, taking itsnumber of Renault Kangoo Van Z.Es to 15.

The University of Kent’s latest Renault Kangoo Van Z.Es replace equivalent diesel Renault Kangoo Vans, after the learning centre chose to opt for Z.E variants when its conventionally-powered Kangoo Vans were due for change.

At 625 kg, the Kangoo Z.E Panel Van has nearly the same 650 kg payload of diesel versions, while offering ultra-low running costs from only two pence per mile and being exempt from the Road Fund Licence – and Congestion Charge in central London.

Matthew Brealey, Fleet Manager, University of Kent commented:

“Our Renault Kangoo Van Z.Es are driven by a whole host of users and the feedback we have received has been very positive. The simplicity and ease of use is a major plus point and we’ve seen people who were sceptical about EVs, and who would previously only ever consider a vehicle with a normal combustion engine, converted to electric vehicles after experiencing the Kangoo Van Z.E.

With the very high amount of people on campus, the only thought was that they might actually be too quiet in operation, but the well-considered specification of the Kangoo Van Z.E means that this has not been an issue, as the Z.E. voice pedestrian warning system is standard.”

Europe’s best-selling all-electric LCV and offering zero emissions in use, the Renault Kangoo Van Z.E is available in standard and longer ‘Maxi’ wheelbases.

After the Government’s Plug-in Van Grant is applied, the Renault Kangoo Z.E costs from £13,146.48 ex. VAT.

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