• Renault welcomes OLEV decision to recognise benefits of pure electric vehicles with new Plug-in Car Grant bandings
  • Changes mean that owners of the 100% electric Renault ZOE will receive highest available Plug-in Car Grant
  • £2,000 advantage to choose a pure electric vehicle over other forms of alternative fuel vehicles
  • Renault ZOE sales in the UK are up 144 per cent year-to-date  

Renault welcomes the changes to the Plug-in Car Grant announced by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

The new Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) bandings taking effect from March 2016 recognise the technological and environmental progress made by pure electric vehicles, and provides them with the largest amount of support.

The newly-defined bandings provide a further significant boost to the financial incentive for motorists to choose a pure electric vehicle such as the zero-emissions-in-use Renault ZOE.

Commenting on the announcement, Ken Ramirez, Managing Director, Renault UK said: “We welcome the significant changes to the grant structure announced today. Differentiating Ultra Low Emission Vehicles into three categories and placing a clear £2,000 financial benefit for choosing the most environmentally friendly Category One vehicles over the other two categories, is recognition that the UK sees a strong future in zero tailpipe emission vehicles and the air quality benefits they offer.

The changes to the grant from OLEV will help to encourage even more motorists to consider moving to a zero tailpipe emissions vehicle thanks to its remarkable affordability and to also enjoy the revolutionary driving experience they provide.”

Renault is a leader and pioneer in the emerging electric vehicle market and offers a range of 100 per cent electric cars and vans to suit most requirements. The ZOE supermini sits alongside the fun and distinctive Twizy urban run-around which is also available in a commercial vehicle version with a boot instead of a rear passenger seat – Twizy Cargo. Completing the Renault Z.E (Zero Emissions) line-up is the Kangoo Van Z.E. – the perfect compact van for urban deliveries and tradesmen and is available in a range of bodystyles. 

Awarded the titles of What Car? ‘Best Electric Car for less than £20,000’ in both 2015 and 2014, and ‘Best Electric Vehicle’ in the Auto Express Driver Power 2015 survey, the Renault ZOE is a 5-door hatchback that has been designed from the ground-up to offer all the advantages of a practical supermini, including a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating, with the environmental and running cost savings of a pure electric vehicle. 

ZOE can charge from zero to 80 per cent full in as little as 30 minutes thanks to its patented Chameleon™ Charger that allows it to make the most of the widest range of power supplies and also keep charging times to a minimum.  The official NEDC range is 149 miles – Renault estimates that in real-world driving conditions that this equates to around 106 miles in summer and 71 miles in winter.

As at the end of November 2015, year-to-date sales of the Renault ZOE in the UK were up by 144 per cent to 1,617 vehicles – significantly outpacing a growing UK electric car market that was up by 50 per cent and stood at 8,417 vehicles.