Renault Zoe

There's no quicker way to jump-start plug-in vehicle sales than a big order from the government. When it comes to Renault, France certainly is obliging. France's Union des Groupements d'Achats Publics (UGAP) is ordering 2,000 (!) Renault Zoe electric vehicles and another 100 Fluence Z.E. EVs during the next three years.

With a single-charge range of up to 100 miles, the Zoe should work well for French government fleet use, cutting emissions while undergoing testing for performance and how the EV can be further deployed among the general population. If all goes well, Renault may deliver as many as 17,000 EVs to the government and a group of 20 large companies, the automaker says.

Earlier this year, UK's Autocar reported that Renault was looking at switching up its marketing strategy to get more prospective customers behind the wheel of its plug-ins, including highlighting the fact that EVs are nearly silent when they're on the move. Carlos Ghosn, head of Renault and its sister company Nissan, predicted in 2011 that his automakers would sell a half-million plug-ins a year by the end of the decade. You can find Renault's press release below.
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Renault to supply 2,000 ZOE and 100 Fluence Z.E. vehicles to UGAP

Renault has won the "Versatile 4-seater electric vehicle" and "Compact electric sedan" contracts in a new call for bids launched by Union des Groupements d'Achats Publics (UGAP, a public procurement group).

2,000 Renault ZOE and 100 Renault Fluence Z.E. vehicles will be ordered over three years.

Attribution via a succession of contracts

As part of the call for bids launched in October 2012, Renault positioned ZOE in the "Versatile 4-seater electric vehicle" category and Fluence Z.E. in the "Compact electric sedan" category.

With Renault ZOE and Renault Fluence Z.E., UGAP benefits from a comprehensive, cutting-edge electric mobility offering that meets the needs of the government and public authorities and contributes to the development of the public electric vehicle population.

In all, Renault will supply more than 17,000 electric vehicles in the next three years to UGAP for the public order and to the order group of 20 large companies for the initial call for bids, as part of which more than 15,000 Kangoo Z.E. vehicles are currently being delivered.

Renault ZOE, a compact electric hatchback for everyday use

Renault ZOE ushers in a new era of widely affordable electric mobility. Launched in France in late 2012 and retailing from €13,700 incl. VAT (tax incentive deducted, battery rental starting at €79 a month incl. VAT for an annual 12,500 km over three years), Renault ZOE will be broadly available in the French sales network from March 2013 and in other European countries in the following months.

The first car designed to be full electric, Renault ZOE features leading-edge electric technology in a compact and appealing design. With over 60 patents filed in the development process, Renault ZOE claims six world firsts in terms of range, user friendliness and connectivity. Renault ZOE is the first mass-production vehicle to be homologated with a range of 210 km (NEDC [1]).

In everyday use, ZOE has a range of 100 km to 150 km depending on driving style and weather conditions. This performance was made possible by the "Range OptimiZEr" system fitted as standard on all Renault ZOE models and which increases vehicle range by nearly 25% thanks to three major technological innovations:

- new-generation regenerative braking,

- a heat pump,

- MICHELIN EnergyTM E-V tires.

Renault ZOE is a major step forward for the automobile and for Renault, which in 115 years of history has developed innovation after innovation with the firm aim of making technology available to the greatest number.