Southampton City Council (SCC) has put 24 zero emission Renault Kangoo ZE33 panel vans into service around the city.
The investment in the electric vans is part of SCC’s drive to have 90% of its fleet to be zero-emission by 2030. The target is part of SCC’s recently revealed Green City Plan 2030, which aims to tackle the effect of climate change on the city.
The Renault Kangoo ZE33 was chosen after it was determined to be the best fit for SCC’s operational requirements by formal tender via the public sector framework. The order covers the Renault Kangoo ZE33 range, including one Crew Van version and a mixture of standard Panel Van and longer Maxi Panel body styles.
The new vans replace existing diesel vans in SCC’s fleet and are used by a variety of services including Neighbourhood Wardens and Waste Operations teams. The usability of the zero-emissions-in-use vans has also been enhanced with the fitment of the optional heat pump. Part of the air conditioning system, it produces heat or cools down the vehicle. Acting like reversible air conditioning, it operates in both capacities while preserving the driving range that is available to SCC’s personnel. Optional towbars also allow the Council to carry small trailers to help with the upkeep of the city’s 49 parks, over 1,100 hectares of open space and cemeteries.
Councillor Steve Leggett, cabinet member for Green City and Place, said: “Southampton City Council set ambitious, challenging goals to help tackle climate change, this includes being a carbon neutral council by 2030. Our Green City Plan, published in March, details our approach and principles for the next 10 years. Addressing road transport emissions by reducing the numbers of vehicles on our roads and encouraging drivers to switch to hybrid and electric vehicles is an essential part of our overall strategy.”
Leggett added that the new Renault Kangoos help the council to reduce emissions and the Council’s carbon footprint. “The Renault vans increased battery range offered by this latest generation means our services are not interrupted to accommodate charging needs.”