Brighton & Hove Buses Adds 6 All-Electric Renault Kangoo ZE 33 To Fleet

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The UK-based passenger transport service provider Brighton & Hove Buses has added 6 all-electric Renault Kangoo ZE 33 vans to its fleet, according to an email sent to CleanTechnica.

The new vehicle acquisitions by Brighton & Hove Buses (a part of the Go Ahead Group) from Renault Pro+ were inspired by the Renault Kangoo ZE 33’s ability to reduce company operating costs (by the low running costs of the units, in other words).

Beyond normal operational savings from the low cost of charging electric vehicles and maintaining them, the new Renault Kangoo ZE 33 vans are exempt from the Congestion Charge and are also eligible for free use in the Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ). In addition, the all-electric vans are eligible for the Government Plug-in Van Grant and VED exempt.

In other words, there are a lot of very good financial reasons to have chosen the Renault Kangoo ZE, or any all-electric van (though, the Kangoo ZE does have a lot going for it).

The emailed press release provides more: “The purchase of the full electric Renault Kangoo Van ZE fleet future proofs Brighton & Hove Buses investment from potential fuel duty and taxation increases. … Brighton & Hove Buses are committed to acting sustainably and were key in helping owning group Go-Ahead become the first transport company to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for reducing year-on-year emissions in carbon, water and waste.”

The Renault Kangoo ZE, as we reported a few months back, was recently granted a larger battery pack capacity (33 kilowatt-hours), and thus a better range. The new Kangoo ZE’s real-world range is around 124 miles, according to Renault — a fair bit lower than the “official” NEDC range-rating of 170 miles per full-charge, of course.

There are currently 4 different cargo configurations available to Kangoo ZE buyers in the UK, with the largest being the 4.6m3 load capacity of the modified Kangoo Maxi Van ZE 33; or, alternately, the 3.6m3 of the Kangoo Van ZE 33.

Those wanting an option that is still fully electric but in possession of more cargo space won’t have to wait too much longer, as the Renault Master ZE is slated to be released in early 2018, reportedly.


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