Slough Borough Council deploys first electric pool cars
Slough Borough Council has deployed three Renault ZOE electric pool cars and six e-bikes, aiming to reduce the cost and environmental impact of its staff travel.
The cars were deployed following a trial process, and will be available through a scheme through which staff reserve them for duties such as meetings, site inspections and client visits.
Sourced through Renault Croydon, all three are Z.E. 40 models with the larger-capacity battery pack, which is claimed to offer a range of 186 miles under ‘real-world’ conditions. They join an existing fleet of electric vehicles used by the Council
The bikes form part of the same ‘fleet challenge’ to explore more environmentally-friendly ways to move staff around the area, cutting air pollution and reducing travel costs.
Cllr Sohail Munawar, the council’s leader, said: “Forty staff tried the Renault ZOE and the feedback was excellent. They found it easy to drive and the controls clear and simple to understand. The charging lead is easy to connect and the range the car offers makes it ideal as a pool car.”