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Electric Renaults make big savings for Eden Project fleet

By / 11 months ago / UK News / No Comments

The Eden Project has reported a significant drop in its fleet running costs after deploying electric Renaults a year ago.


The zero-emission vehicles can be used inside the Biomes where diesel or petrol vehicles can’t.

The Cornwall-based environmental tourist attraction took delivery of 18 EVs a year ago – covering a mix of Twizy quadricycle, ZOE supermini and the Kangoo Z.E models – and says it’s seeing savings on road tax as well as pence per mile running costs, which are down to 4.4p compared to more than 11p for equivalent diesels. The zero-emission vehicles also offer the benefit of being able to work inside Eden’s Biomes where diesel or petrol vehicles can’t because of pollution concerns.

As well as transporting guests and staff around the site, the electric vehicles have also played a key role in marketing operations for the project, with the Twizy fleet even having been drafted in as Father Christmas’s reindeer for the Christmas period, complete with festive roof antlers, and have also played a key role in last summer’s interactive electric vehicle exhibit.

Ian Merchant, Eden’s head of estates, said: “The vehicles are large enough to do what we require of them and react exactly as a diesel vehicle would. It is fantastic to have a modern, smart and efficient fleet that we can be proud to be seen in and which complements Eden’s core values so well.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.