What Car? Car of the Year awards is the most respected UK acknowledgement of automotive excellence. Four models that fall under the Renault banner were thus rewarded this year.
Z.E. stands for Zero Emissions and is the Renault designation for a fully electric vehicle, i.e. no exhaust pipe. Renault is big on electric vehicles, and their plans for the near future are becoming clearer.
So your plug-in electric is greenest when it uses renewable energy to charge. No dirty coal or hang-around-for-ever nuclear. But now the sun’s not shining and the wind isn’t blowing, but you are not using your green mobile. So you plug it in and give back, getting paid for it.
Groupe Renault has always been a forward-thinking car manufacturer and leads Europe’s efforts in developing electric vehicles. Electric mobility is, after all, the core of their strategy. If they weren’t already ahead, the recent agreements signed with EDF, Total and ENEL cements their place in pole position.
When it comes to innovation, Groupe Renault takes great pride in staying ahead of the curve. As such, our international counterparts’ recent trailblazing collaboration with the ADA in Paris does not come as a surprise. By pooling their respective resources, Renault France and the local vehicle rental agency will be giving Parisians the option of getting around using a short-term, E-vehicle car-sharing service.
A 500-vehicle fleet of Renault ZOE fully electric cars arrive in Madrid this month to establish a car-sharing programme. The ZITY initiative is the result of cooperation between the auto manufacturer and Ferrovial, the city’s urban services operator.
Just over a month ago Renault confirmed its place as one of the most forward thinking automotive manufacturers in the world when it announce that by 2022 (which is just 4 years away), at least 50% of its new Renault model range will be powered by either an electric or hybrid engine. Additionally, it will continue to invest heavily in autonomous vehicle technology, which will help to provide the safest possible driving environment for all road users, including non autonomous Renault vehicle users and pedestrians.
The environment is a hot topic, and rightly so. With climate change high on the agenda car manufacturers are taking notice and stepping up. Several of the major motor vehicle producers have, in recent years, produced green cars.
Renault is leading the way in innovative, environmentally friendly technology and superior design. The European market has embraced this latest offering with open arms. Winner of the Best Green Car at the Paris Motor Show in 2012, Zoe is the latest fully electric offering in the green car market.