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2014-07-18

Renault Kangoo electric vans set to work in renewably-powered Uruguay


Uruguay’s government-owned sole energy supplier, UTE, has become the latest company to convert to electric- powered transport, taking delivery of no less than 30 Renault Kangoo ZE.

Uruguay’s government-owned sole energy supplier, UTE, has become the latest company to convert to electric-powered transport, taking delivery of no less than 30 Renault Kangoo ZE.
UTE, which generates and distributes electricity across the small South American country, took delivery of its new battery-powered vans at a handover ceremony in the presence of UTE’s President Gonzalo Casaravilla and Stéphane Cottin, Sales and Marketing Director for Renault’s Americas Region.
The electric vans will be used by the energy company for journeys around the Uruguayan capital Montevideo and elsewhere in the country, and should help the firm save around 36 tonnes of annual CO2 emissions.
Uruguay has one of the cleanest electricity grids in the world; with 84 per cent of its electricity soured from renewable energy especially hydro. Ambitious targets mean the country’s government is even pushing for that figure to reach 90 per cent, thanks in part to further development of wind farms, which stand to produce one-third of Uruguay’s electricity by 2016.
That means Renault’s electric vans will be recharged on almost an entirely green energy supplier; reducing their environmental impact to almost nothing in terms of power source. Renault remains a leading supplier of electric vehicles around the world, almost 42,000 of its EVs in operation globally.