Renault electric vehicles are helping Lambeth Council to lead by example in its drive to improve air quality in London and to become a carbon-neutral council by 2030.
The Council has taken delivery of six all-electric Renault Kangoo E-Tech vans, which contribute to its ongoing goal of electrifying 30 per cent of its landscape division fleet.
The vans will be used by housing supervisors and mobile fitters for daily visits to council works across Lambeth. As well as helping to lower noise and air pollution across the borough, Lambeth Council says it provides their personnel with a more relaxing driving experience – the automatic transmission being a benefit in negotiating the congested inner London area.
The Kangoo E-Techs will be charged via 13 new 7kW smart chargers that the council has installed across its five maintenance 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.
“The Kangoo E-Tech is perfect for what we need and for the area we operate in. It’s ideal for city traffic, has the space we require and provides a good level of comfort. We’ll certainly consider more Renault E-Tech models.”