Following on from the Memorandum of Understanding on electric vehicles signed at the 2009 Frankfurt International Motor Show, Europcar has pre-ordered 500 Renault electric vehicles for delivery in Europe’s largest cities from the 3rd quarter of 2011.
The four show-cars demonstrated at the Frankfurt Motor Show—Twizy Z.E. Concept, Zoe Z.E. Concept, Fluence Z.E. Concept, Kangoo Z.E.—;are a foretaste of the electric vehicle (EV) range, whose market launch will begin in 2011 with three models: a family sedan; a small city car; and an LCV-version Kangoo for fleets and business users.
They will be followed in 2012 by a compact 4-meter, 5-seater sedan. After 2012, the EV range will continue to expand into all segments to meet the needs of a diverse range of customers.
Renault firmly believes that the leverage created by short-term rentals will help to drive adoption of electric vehicles by individual customers, in addition to its distribution network.—Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Senior Vice President, Renault’s Corporate Sales Division