Renault welcomes this morning’s Government pronouncement that electric cars will profit from grants worth 25% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £5,000, for an primary period of January 2011 until March 2012.

Today’s news was welcomed with great zeal by Renault UK’s new Managing Director, Thierry Sybord. “We’re in no doubtthat our range of 100% electric cars and Renault vans are going to please to a wide cross-section of private individual and business customers in their own right, with an exciting blend of novelty, style and technology. Now, with this financial enticement in place, their affordability and lesser running costs make the financial argument for electric vehicles, compared to conventional fossil-fuelled vehicles, as compelling as their environmental one. On account ofthis morning’s news, we are doubly motivated about encouraging as many people as possible to think about using electric vehicles to cut down vehicle emissions, or as we pronounce here at Renault, ‘Drive the Change’.

Following the unveiling of no less than four striking ideas at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009, Renault’s charge into the zero-emission* electric vehicle arena starts in Europe in mid-2011. The French brand’s assault begins with an preliminaryfour-model Z.E. (Zero Emission) series, designed to be an inexpensive, mass-market proposition. The first of its innovative, fully~-electric vehicles will be a Kangoo Van. In 2012, it will be united in the UK by the Fluence four-door saloon, a city vehicle derived from the two-seater Twizy perception and a five-door supermini.

Pre-booking for the Fluence and Kangoo Van Z.E. models is by now released. For extra detailson both, together with full facets on Renault’s ‘Zero Emission Vehicles and van leasing plans please visit Swiss Leasing


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