Car hire giant Avis has announced it will increase the number of electric vehicles in its European fleet by the end of 2011. The firm recently signed an order for 500 new Renault electric cars. The Kangoo Express ZE and the Fluence ZE will be available to customers in seven EU countries including Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Renault’s corporate sales senior vice president, said: ”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.”
Renault is also developing two other vehicles which will run exclusively on electric power. The Renault ZOE is a hatchback designed for use on a day-to-day basis and the Renault Twizy will be a two-seat car specifically designed for manoeuvrability in the city.
Pascal Bazin, Avis Europe chief executive officer, said: 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,” he added.