A Milton Keynes business has made history after purchasing the first Renault electric vehicle in the UK.
Murrays the Printers beat a host of multi-national firms to take delivery of their Kangoo Z.E at Marshall Renault in Westcroft.
The revolutionary van is the world’s first electric vehicle produced by a mass market manufacturer – making Murrays’ achievement all the more special.
The printing business, based at Bradwell Abbey, first registered their interest over a year ago and in anticipation of the purchase had a charging point installed in their new factory after moving premises. And the van is at the heart of a green ethos managing director Patrick Chard has introduced into the company.
“We made a conscious decision a couple of years ago to be as green as possible, from vehicles to printing presses and the paper and materials we source. The Kangoo Van Z.E is the first electric van to market from a manufacturer and it ticks every box.
“It is great for our customers too, as they are also concerned about the environment and we can now deliver locally with zero emissions.”
The litho, digital and wide format printers were also awarded Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001 last year. It means Murrays now has its own environmental policy and continuing processes in place to keep on reducing their environmental impact.
The Kangoo was part of that and comes with an impressive pedigree having already won the International Van of the Year 2012 and What Van? Magazine’s Van of the Year. It has a range of up to 106 miles and costs £2.50 to £3 for a full charge.
Ian Plummer Renault’s Director of Commercial Operations congratulated Mr Chard when handing over the keys.
“Several well-known UK Companies have already ordered Kangoo Z.E for their fleet requirements, so we’re sure many private customers will join Mr Chard in reaping the rewards of lower cost and greener electric motoring.”