Utility provider SSE has introduced four Renault Zoe vans into its commercial vehicle fleet that will be used by its supervisors and team leaders to visit the company’s operational sites across Scotland.
The Zoe van has a range of up to 245 miles on a single charge that will enable SSE’s personnel to visit more remote areas, particular in the north west of the country, where the charging infrastructure can be limited.
SSE is set to take delivery of a further eight Zoe vans, with more planned, and aims to have 3,500 of its 4,000 commercial vehicles fully electrified by 2030.
The spread and support of the Renault dealer network and the standard eight-year E-Tech electric battery warranty were also factors behind SSE’s decision.
Via the 50kW DC charging option the Zoe van can be charged from zero to 80 per cent in one hour and ten minutes and its R110 motor delivers zero to 31mph acceleration in 3.9 seconds.
Neil Chamberlain, national EV manager, SSE, 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.”
Vincent Tourette, managing director, Renault UK, added, “SSE is a significant driver of innovation in the energy sector, so it’s very pleasing to see such a forward-thinking company recognise that the Renault Zoe Van fits with both their operational requirements and green energy strategy.”