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2013-03-22 11:17

FREE OF CHARGE, THE CHARGER THAT IS: Renault has become the first manufacturer to offer a free domestic charging point with the sale of its new Zoe EV.

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Renault has become the first car manufacturer to offer a free domestic charging point with a fully electric car. This forms part of the lead up to the showroom launch of its flagship electric vehicle, the Zoe, in June 2013.

The free single wall-box, supplied and installed by the automakers preferred electric vehicle charging partner, British Gas, is available both to new customers, as well as those who’ve already per-ordered the car.

PLUG IN, THEN GO

The offer will save a typical customer up to the equivalent of about R7000 and make the 100% pure electric vehicle more affordable and easy to run.

British Gas can install a 32 amp (7kW) ZE ready single wall-box with all new and pre-ordered purchases, and have it fully operational ready for owners to be up and running well in advance of charging the car at home for the first time.

The automaker believes that around 90% of charging will take place at home, with the car’s battery able to be charged from flat to fully charged in three and a half hours with the single wall-box.

As an added “green” bonus, the data-enabled type 2 wall-box also allows customers to see how much energy the car is using and the comparable emissions savings they are making via the online app.

The EV can also be fast charged to 80% of its capacity in just 30 minutes using public rapid-charger 43kW power sources.

Andreas Atkins, head of electric vehicle services at British Gas, said: “We are delighted to provide Zoe customers with safer, faster, convenient home charging, giving them access to public charge points across the country. In addition the data enabled unit will give customers the ability to view their energy usage and carbon savings - this is a great step forward in making owning and running an EV more affordable.”

Commenting on its latest initiative, Renault UK’s Andy Heiron, head of Electric Vehicle Programme, said: “We’ve been delighted  with  the level of interest the British public have already shown in Zoe, recognising the major steps forward it makes in electric vehicle technology. Adding a free wall-box to its chic styling and tempting pricing now makes it an even more irresistible proposition.“

Zoe, the spearhead of Renault’s four-strong 100% electric vehicle range is, the automaker claims, stylish, affordable and practical - perfect for households whether they’re commuting, doing supermarket and school runs, or even doing moderate distances.


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