The Renault Retail Group is switching all its courtesy cars to the Renault Zoe. The move affects 143 vehicles spread across the 15 official Renault and Dacia dealerships in England and Wales the Group comprises. The new EVs join 21 Zoe E-Tech that already exist on the 164-strong courtesy car fleet.
A courtesy car is a vehicle provided by a garage, repair shop or insurance company that you can use while your vehicle is being repaired after an accident. In England and Wales, the Renault courtesy cars drive up to 5,000 miles a year, each, so the company.
Renault Retail Group, said dealer network wholly owned by Renault, will now use the replacement cars to introduce clients to the electric driving experience. As a result, customers would be able “to experience first-hand” how an electric car could fit into their everyday routine and “how easy it could be to transition from a conventional ICE vehicle to an EV,” the Group states.
The company hopes this will help customers switch to an all-electric vehicle themselves yet is aware that it will be the first time they have driven an electric car for many clients. Therefore, Renault Retail Group said it would make the experience “as straightforward as possible,”, i.e. each Zoe will be provided fully charged, and customers will receive a full introduction on the car’s features. The company added that details of charging points could easily be accessed on its Easy Link Multimedia System, should clients need to travel further than Zoe’s range of around 245 miles. Whether the company will also provide a charge card or similar service remains unclear, however. The Renault Zoe can charge at 50kW, taking the battery from zero to 80 per cent in 70 minutes.
Renault’s first EV is one of the oldest models in the e-mobility space and has sold over 100,000 times in the last ten years. In the UK, prices start from £27,595 on the road after the Plug-in Car Grant.
Renault Retail Group also offers customers a 48-hour test drive of the Zoe E-Tech independently of the courtesy car programme.
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