Avis Europe has partnered with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to offer electric cars to its customers from 2011.
We are delighted to sign this important partnership with Renault to offer electric vehicles as part of our green fleet, which is an increasingly central part of our customer offering. Despite the impact of the recession, consumers are just as aware of the issues of climate change and it is only by working together with our partners that will we be able to make a difference.—Pascal Bazin, Chief Executive for Avis Europe
From 2011, Renault will progressively roll out four electric vehicles. (Earlier post.) These include two derivatives of internal-combustion vehicles: the Renault Fluence Z.E., an electric version of Fluence; and the Renault Kangoo Express Z.E., an electric version of Renault Kangoo Express, intended primarily for fleet and business use.
The range of electric vehicles will later be extended to cover other segments, including two new cars whose architecture will be designed to run exclusively with electrical power: a car derived from the Twizy Z.E. Concept for motoring in built-up areas; and one that takes its inspiration from Zoe Z.E. Concept and is scheduled to be released at the beginning of 2012. It will be a particularly versatile vehicle intended for everyday motoring in and around cities.
Each car in the Avis Europe fleet is typically only six months old, to ensure maximum fuel efficiency, and the average CO2 emissions for cars purchased in 2009 was 144.6 g CO2/km.