Renault to supply 15,600 electric vehicles to the French state

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 3, 2011

Renault won a contract with the French state to supply 15,600 electric vehicles, according to French newspaper Le Figaro. Renault and Nissan have made a joint investment of 4 billion euros ($5.4 billion) in electric vehicle technology as they seek to lead in this category. Carlos Ghosn, who is the CEO of Renault and Nissan, asserts that EVs will make up about 10% of new car sales by 2020.

The article said further that Renault was awarded the biggest portion of a 25,000 electric vehicles public contract.

The article also revealed that Renault will be the supplier of 10,000 vehicles to La Poste, France's postal service, while 5,600 more units will be sent to other public administrations.

Le Figaro said that that there were several legal obstacles before this contract proceeded. A Renault spokeswoman said that there have been no announcements yet on the results of the proposals but they were set to be revealed sometime in the middle of October.

The report revealed further that at a later time, another contract for the supply of 3,900 electric vehicles to the French state would be given to PSA/Peugeot-Citroen.

Renault has incorporated different styling themes for the van, the Z.E., and the leisure activity versions. These differences are more pronounced for the new generation compared to its predecessors.

The leisure activity version has dual chrome strips that flank the central Renault logo, which is also in chrome. The chrome elements contrast nicely with the glossy black finish. The bumper color matches the body color and the air intake features a rounded bottom edge. There are also black headlight masks that highlight the fact that the vehicle is ideal for private motorists. Meanwhile, you have red rear light extensions on the leisure activity models.

Looking at the van version, you would easily notice the black textured bumper that is more scratch resistant, helping make this version more suited for high intensity use. Similarly black are the rear light extensions. Meanwhile, the chrome logo is much more noticeable against the grained black finish.

To make it look more dynamic, you can opt for a style pack that has the following features:

Dark Metal bib,

Black headlight masks,

Body-colour sliding side door rail cover,

Body-colour rear bumper extensions

Fog lights.

Meanwhile, the latest Renault Kangoo ZE's electric vehicle has a logo that features a blue finish flanked by a pair of chrome strips. The rear light extensions also have the same blue finish, as well as the rear light clusters. The ZE models have the van’s front bumper and the black headlight masks of the leisure activity models. The battery charging ports are hidden away behind the logo you find on the front grille. The charging cable is supplied with the vehicle and you can recharge at home for six to nine hours, or at any charging station on the road.

There is an all-electric version of the New Kangoo. It has the same carrying capacity as the Kangoo ZE.

The Kangoo ZE has the same carrying capacity and dimensions as its internal combustion engined counterpart. Payload is pegged at 650 kg and load volume is anywhere from 3 to 3.5 cubic meters. The floor has a load length of 2.5 meters and you have 1.21 meters between the wheel arches that accommodates a euro pallet. The asymmetric rear doors and the sliding side door provide easy accessibility to the load area.

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