Lambeth Council has taken delivery of six 100% electric Renault Kangoo E-Tech vans that will be used by the landscape division’s housing supervisors and mobile fitters for daily visits to council works across the borough.
Compared to its previous diesel vans, and in addition to significant fuel savings, Lambeth Council will also benefit from lower servicing costs, less downtime for maintenance and exemption from any congestion charges.
Kangoo E-Tech has a potential range of up to 143 miles and can be charged to 100 per cent in six hours when using a 7kW wallbox.
The council will charge the vans via 13 new 7kW smart chargers that it has installed across its five depots located throughout the borough, including at its main site in Archbishops Park.
Robert Presnall, Lambeth landscapes transport manager, said, “As a council that is striving to significantly improve air quality within our borough, we want to lead by example and have a low-emission fleet.
“For anything under 3.5t, we are now only considering electrified vehicles. The Kangoo E-Tech allows us to continue our focus on our local environment with no impact on our operational effectiveness.
“When you add in the lower running costs and the fact an electric van can be serviced in minutes, then it’s actually very hard to justify a diesel or petrol van of a similar size.”
Vincent Tourette, managing director, Renault UK, added, “We are exceptionally pleased that 100% electric Renault E-Tech vehicles are playing a part in helping Lambeth Council to achieve its long-term environmental strategy and make the borough a healthier environment in which to live and work, while also noticeably lowering its fleet operating costs.”