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Renault chief calls for London’s bus lanes to accept electric cars

Free parking, charging facilities and access to bus lanes seen as essential for electric market to take off in UK
Industry leaders gathered in London to show off their electric car models (Source: RTCC)

Industry leaders gathered in London to show off their electric car models (Source: RTCC)

By Sophie Yeo

Leading cities should do more to encourage the use of electric cars by investing in charging facilities and allowing zero emission vehicles to use bus lanes, says the head of Renault UK.

Kenneth Ramirez said that it was important to create a “wave of acceptance” around electric vehicle technology to encourage their uptake, calling on London Mayor Boris Johnson to follow Norway in allowing electric cars to use lanes reserved for public transport.

He told RTCC: “In London that would be an interesting approach. In other cities having legislation that requires new buildings have a dedicated number of parking spaces with charge stations already included.”

Renault sees electric cars as a key part of its portfolio of vehicles. It currently sells four electric cars, from its miniature Twizy to the Kangoo van, and leads the market in Europe with a 61% share. It has sold about 30,000 More rtcc.org

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