A leading academic institute is using the Renault Kangoo Van Z.E to help educate its students on the importance of sustainability.
The University of Kent is employing the Kangoo to transport its maintenance teams, furniture and recycling around the 300-acre grounds of its Canterbury campus. The highly visible use of the Renault Kangoo Van Z.E, coupled with a striking livery proclaiming the 100 per cent electric power, illustrates to students the advancements in electric vehicle technology and the university’s commitment to the environment.
In the latest development in its drive to meet the targets of its Carbon Trust Strategy, where it aims to lower its carbon emissions by 23 per cent by 2020, the University of Kent has added six further Renault Kangoo Van Z.E Panel Van versions to its fleet, taking its number of Renault Kangoo Van Z.Es to 15.
Low Running Costs
At 625 kg, the Kangoo Z.E Panel Van has nearly the same 650 kg payload of diesel versions, while offering ultra-low running costs from only two pence per mile and being exempt from the Road Fund Licence – and Congestion Charge in central London. Like all Renault LCVs, the Renault Kangoo Van Z.E comes complete with the reassurance of the manufacturer’s impressive 4-year/100,000-mile warranty and four years’ roadside assistance package.
Gary Law, of the University of Kent, said: “We were interested in the Kangoo Van Z.E as soon as it became available and it’s proved to be very suitable for our onsite requirements, while at the same time making a significant contribution to lowering our carbon footprint and perfectly conveying our drive to be a leader in promoting responsible vehicle use.
“Our onsite vehicles only cover around 2,500 miles a year, but it’s all stop-start driving and the Kangoo Van Z.E’s ease-of-use makes it ideal for nipping around the campus. On some occasions the vans are only used to transport a man with a tool bag, but the payload gives us the option of carrying bulky and heavy items, so it’s a great all-rounder for us.”
Matthew Brealey, the University of Kent’s Fleet Manager, added: “Our Renault Kangoo Van Z.Es are driven by a whole host of users and the feedback we have received has been very positive. The simplicity and ease of use is a major plus point and we’ve seen people who were sceptical about EVs, and who would previously only ever consider a vehicle with a normal combustion engine, converted to electric vehicles after experiencing the Kangoo Van Z.E.
“With the very high amount of people on campus, the only thought was that they might actually be too quiet in operation, but the well-considered specification of the Kangoo Van Z.E means that this has not been an issue, as the Z.E. voice pedestrian warning system is standard.”