2011 Renault Kangoo Z.E. – Click above for high-res image gallery
Avis Budget Group – like Hertz
and Enterprise Rent-A-Car
– will begin offering "zero-emissions" vehicles for rent to the public. Unlike Hertz and Enterprise
, which inked deals
that will land Nissan Leafs
on their lots, Avis elected to sign a two-car agreement with Renault
. Avis placed an order for 500 Renault Fluence Z.E.
and Kangoo Express Z.E. electric vehicles
(EVs) and, by the end of 2011, will offer both battery-powered vehicles to its customers in France, Spain, the UK, Portugal, Germany, Italy and Belgium.
For many, renting an EV will allow a rare opportunity to try out the new technology before deciding whether or not to buy. Renault
corporate sales vice president, Uwe Hochgeschurtz, adds:
We are the only European carmaker who is developing a complete range of affordable electric vehicles with our own batteries, our own technologies and our own production system to guarantee a high level of quality and performance. By hiring an electric vehicle through Avis, the public will be able to experience new driving technology and learn about the environmental benefits of electric vehicles.
Hit the jump for more on Avis' plans to offer "zero-emissions" vehicles on its rental lots.
AVIS PRE-ORDERS 500 RENAULT ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR HIRE
• Following the Electric Vehicle partnership announced in February 2010, leading
car hire company, Avis has signed a pre-order for 500 Electric Vehicles from
• Avis customers will be able to hire Renault Fluence ZE and Renault Kangoo
Express ZE in 7 countries from the end of 2011.
Avis will offer its customers the chance to experience driving an electric vehicle for hire in the
following countries: France, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and Portugal.
Pascal Bazin, Chief Executive Officer for Avis Europe, explains: "At Avis, we're committed to
providing customers with choice when it comes to mobility and our partnership with Renault is
another way in which we are fulfilling this commitment by expanding our fleet to include electric
vehicles. The vehicles complement our existing mobility offer, providing an alternative to
traditional car hire that will benefit both business and leisure customers who are concerned
about their impact on the environment."
Senior Vice President, Renault Corporate Sales Division, Uwe Hochgeschurtz, adds: "We are
the only European carmaker who is developing a complete range of affordable electric vehicles
with our own batteries, our own technologies and our own production system to guarantee a
high level of quality and performance. By hiring an electric vehicle through Avis, the public will
be able to experience new driving technology and learn about the environmental benefits of
Renault has just revealed the first two production models of its electric vehicle range: Kangoo
Express ZE, a light commercial vehicle, and Fluence ZE, a family sedan.
Renault's range of electric vehicles will later be extended by two new cars, exclusively designed
for electrical power:
- Renault Twizy, a nimble and practical electric vehicle for city motoring (2 seats – 4 wheels)
- Renault ZOE, a compact and flexible hatchback for everyday use.
The Renault electric vehicles join Avis's already extensive eco mobility offering. Each car on the
Avis fleet is typically only six months old, to ensure maximum fuel efficiency, whilst the average
CO2 emissions for cars purchased in 2009 was just 144.6g CO2/Km. The company also offers
hundreds of vehicles which run on fuels other than petrol or diesel, while both leisure and
business customers have the option to offset their carbon emissions prior to their journey.
With a long history of environmental awareness, Avis has offset more than 156,000 tonnes of
CO2 since 1997 by investing in a host of environmental initiatives such as renewable energy,
methane capture projects and tree planting, which mean the company has been
CarbonNeutral® accredited for more than a decade.
For more information about Avis, its green fleet and its environmental credentials, please visit
avis-europe.com and avis-greenerworld.com.
For more information about Renault and its future electric range, please visit Renault.com.