Renault’s UK boss Thierry Sybord handed over the keys of the electric van at the brand’s largest UK showroom in west London earlier this month 

Macarthur plans to use the Kangoo ZE to travel around her native Isle of Wight carrying out work with businesses and educational bodies on behalf of the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, of which Renault became a founding partner in 2010.

She praised Renault’s commitment to the circular economy, which advocates today’s goods becoming tomorrow’s resources, through its development of affordable electric vehicles. She said: “This is a decisive step towards a viable, long term economic model. We are working together to encourage the younger generation to seize the opportunity it has to build a positive future.”