Article By Richard Aucock

Scottish power company takes on fleet of Renault Zoe Van EVs

SSE has replaced a tranche of combustion engine vehicles with the pure electric Renault Zoe Van as part of plans to be net carbon zero

SSE has taken delivery of a fleet of Renault Zoe Van EVs as part of a target to become net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.

The new vans will be used by engineers for supervisory site visits – and each Zoe Van will save a staggering 23.5 tonnes of CO2 over a five-year period.

The vans replace petrol and diesel-engined vehicles and SSE has already committed to taking on more pure electric Renault Zoe Van EVs.

Engineers will visit sites throughout Scotland in the Zoe Van EVs – even in remote areas in the north west, where charging infrastructure can be limited. The Renault’s 245-mile range was pivotal in the decision to go EV.

The fact that Whole Life Costs were significantly lower than a similar petrol car-derived van also influenced SSE’s decision: the Zoe Van will offer “significant savings” in terms of fuel, road tax and servicing.

Drivers will be able to charge their vehicles at home “without issue”.

SSE is an EV100 company that is committed to switching its fleet to electric: by 2030, the firm aims to have 3,500 of its 4,000 commercial vehicles fully go EV.

SSE EV manager Neil Chamberlain said: The range of electric LCVs has always been a bit of an issue in the past for the roles that these vehicles are used for, so that of the Zoe Van now gives us the option to make the transition and look at other areas where a van is traditionally used but there isn’t a need for a high payload.

“The comfort is a big benefit to our operatives and, for those that are negotiating the narrower, more demanding roads of the Highlands, the compact dimensions are another welcome bonus.

“With the Zoe Van we’re further lowering our environmental impact at no detriment to our operational costs or effectiveness.”

The Zoe Van boasts a 457kg payload and a load volume of one cubic metre: offered in Business and Business+ trim, all models feature climate control, LED headlights, 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus cruise control and speed limiter.

The vehicles even have a ‘glow in the dark’ wrap – and prices for the Zoe Van range start from £23,450, after the Plug-in Car Grant.

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