Netherlands-based Athlon Car Lease, one of Europe's leading providers of fleet vehicles, has signed a pre-order agreement for 65 Kangoo Express Z.E. and 35 Fluence Z.E. electric vehicles (EVs) from automaker Renault. Athlon intends to lease the battery-powered Renaults to one of its subsidiaries, Rabobank, a financial services provider. Hans Blink, president of Athlon Car Lease, stressed the importance of offering EVs to its clients, stating:
In late 2009, Athlon signed a distribution deal with Renault. This latest 100-unit pre-order builds upon the previous agreement and falls under Athlon's Sustainable Mobility Plan.At Athlon Car Lease, we strongly believe that electric vehicles will represent a significant part of the mobility solutions market in the future. Supporting our biggest customer Rabobank to introduce electric vehicles to their fleet is an important first step in stressing our position as a major player in this market.