A fleet of electric Renault vans is being offered to Kent businesses on a trial basis to help them evaluate moving away from diesel or petrol vehicles.

Kent County Council has taken delivery of 20 Renault Kangoo E-Tech and four Renault Zoe Vans to be used for its new Kent Realising Electric Vans Scheme (REVS), in partnership with Highways England.

Businesses in Kent and Medway are able to have a two-month trial of one of the vans, with the hope being that more businesses will be willing to electrify their fleets if they are able to try out an electric van first.

Kent County Council cabinet member for environment Tony Hills said: “Making the transition to electric vehicles can seem a big step for businesses and Kent REVS provides a risk-free way for them to experience the many benefits over a significant period. 

“The Renault Kangoo E-Tech and Renault Zoe Van were identified as the ideal electric vans to include in the launch of Kent REVS with their ease-of-use ensuring that all types of drivers can quickly get used to the driving and charging experience of an electric vehicle, whilst also being suitable for a wide range of businesses.”