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The RSPB takes delivery of Renault ZOE

Renault’s newest electric supermini, the ZOE, is now flying even higher after being adopted at the RSPB’s headquarters.

The French brand’s flagship plug-in has recently been paired with the charity’s other electric Renault, a Kangoo Van Z.E, at its Bedfordshire base near Sandy, to help reduce its carbon footprint even further.

The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) believes climate change poses the single biggest threat to the long-term survival of birds and wildlife. As such, it recently submitted a planning application for a single wind turbine on a field adjacent to the headquarters at The Lodge. In the future, energy created on site could be powering the new ZOE and popular Kangoo Van Z.E. renewably.

David Waller, RSPB’s head of central services, said: “As a wildlife conservation charity acutely aware of the potential impact of climate change, the RSPB is particularly committed to minimising its own CO2 emissions.”

Mr Waller said its 300-vehicle strong fleet operations is an “obvious area” where reductions can be made and the new ZOE Expression in Arctic White, is already having a positive impact.

He added, “The operational success of the two electric Kangoo Vans, one being in London, definitely influenced our thinking when considering the ZOE. As a charity with limited funds, the price point was another positive factor in our decision.

“Clearly, we have to ensure the vehicle is utilised realistically and within its range capabilities, but they are sufficient to cover many of the business journeys made by staff. So far the ZOE has proved very popular with drivers.”

The Renault ZOE arrived on the scene in June this year, and is the flagship of the French brand’s four-strong 100% electric vehicle range – perfect for commuting and for businesses who want to downsize their engines and carbon footprint.
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