The Eden Project has added 18 Renault EVs to its fleet of vehicles, strengthening an existing relationship between the Cornish tourist destination and the French manufacturer. Three different models will now be seen around The Eden Project, with the Twizy, Zoe and Kangoo Z.E. set to be used.
Heading into the traditional peak summer season, Renault’s range of zero-tailpipe emission vehicles are an obvious choice for the eco-friendly, environmental centre. Trials have been carried out at the site recently to make sure the Renault models would be fit for purpose, with the results seeing 18 new models ordered.
Helping support The Eden Project’s sustainability focus, two of the three new Zoe’s will be used in customer-facing roles, transporting less-able bodied visitors around the site. The Twizy will be used across the site with its ability to run along paths and around narrow sections of The Eden Project, while the thirteen Kangoo Z.E.s will be used by the destination’s staff including maintenance m horticultire, security and catering departments.
The supply of the Renault EVs follows Renault becoming the official car partner of the Eden Sessions music festival.
James Boyer, Marketing Director, Groupe Renault UK, said: “The partnership with The Eden Project is a fantastic endorsement for our passion to develop electric vehicles that are inspired by the environment. Renault’s revolutionary electric vehicles are the perfect fit for Eden and we are delighted that they will help demonstrate the many attributes of electric vehicles to thousands of visitors, delivering a peaceful and effortless drive through an ergonomic and simple design. Easy to charge and frugal in use, they will play a key role in the day-to-day running of The Eden Project.
“They also provide a superb electric vehicle experience that is within the reach of many – the Zoe having being recognised by What Car? as the ‘Best electric car on sale for under £20,000’ for the last three consecutive years and also being voted ‘Best Supermini’, and number two overall out of 150 vehicles, in the 2016 Auto Express Driver Power ownership survey.”
Rita Broe, Sales and Marketing Director at The Eden Project, said: “We are delighted to have strengthened our relationship with Renault and to have this opportunity to showcase a beautiful new fleet of electric vehicles at Eden. We are always keen to promote the benefits of electric vehicles in reducing carbon emissions.
“Having the Renault fleet hard at work across the site, as well as hosting a major interactive Renault exhibit at Eden in peak season, will help inform and educate our hundreds of thousands of visitors about the benefits of owning electric cars in a fun, engaging way. Our visitors are already very interested in seeing the vehicles – and the Twizys in particular are causing quite a stir!”