Food redistribution charity the Felix Project has taken delivery of seven Renault Kangoo Z.E. electric panel vans.
The new vans add to an initial Kangoo Z.E. it took on last year.
They mean the Felix Project’s central London fleet will now be 100% electric, with diesel vans relocated to other sites.
The new EVs boost the size of the charity’s fleet by more than 50%, enabling it to deliver more than the current 20 tonnes of food it transports each week to around 200 other charities and schools across the capital, which in turn provide meals to people in need.
The Kangoo Z.E. is said to be a perfect fit for the Felix Project for several reasons, including the lack of a manual gearshift, which makes it easier to drive in the city.
The vans also provide a significant saving on fuel costs, and are exempt from the London Congestion Charge.
Felix Project school programme development manager Anne Elkins said: “The new Kangoo Z.E.s will make a big difference to our operation, allowing us to plan more routes and also collect more donations that are made available on an ad hoc basis and which need to be collected in a short time frame. It’s great to have the extra capacity and the support from Renault.
“Our original Kangoo Z.E. is a big hit with our drivers due to its manoeuvrability and being so easy to drive.
“The van really is a great fit for us as it does everything we need and adds another carbon-efficient element to our operation’s ethos of protecting the environment by cutting down food waste and ensuring that good, nutritious food isn’t thrown away.”