Billboard and outdoor advertising company JCDecaux has ordered six Renault Kangoo Z.E. models for October, when the fully electric vehicle arrives in showrooms.
The vans, which boast a range of nearly 100 miles, will be used in busy cities, where the low running costs and small dimensions will be most effective.
JCDecaux has earmarked the vans for use in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow when the delivery is made, helping to maintain its billboards and other outdoor advertising on behalf of its clients.
Mark Cooper, Group Operations Director from JCDecaux, said: "Some of our staff spend a large proportion of their working day in vans, so it’s vital that we provide the most pleasant working environment for them, especially in heavily congested urban areas.
"Those fortunate to have sampled the Kangoo Van Z.E. have rated its performance and lack of noise very highly. They were also struck by how easy-to-drive and comfortable it is."
The Renault Kangoo Z.E. is capable of carrying up to 4.6 cubic metres of luggage and has a maximum payload capacity of 650kg.
Renault says the van is attracting ‘significant interest’ in the build up to the October launch from private buyers and fleet operators, but JCDecaux will be the first to put the vans to use.
The Renault Kangoo van Z.E. launches in October 2011 from £17,000 – but this is before VAT is added. There is also a £59 per month battery cost based on 9,000 miles or four years.
Darren Payne, Director of Fleet and Commercial Vehicle Operations at Renault UK, said: "Renault will be the first manufacturer to offer a complete range of electric vehicles and this is a historic moment for us in the UK. I’ll look forward to handing over their Kangoo Van Z.E.s later in the year, and am certain they will not just prove their early adopter decision right, but also exceed expectations."