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Avis, Renault-Nissan Partner To Offer Electric Cars

ABR Staff Writer Published 28 February 2010

Avis, a car hire company, has partnered with Renault-Nissan Alliance to offer electric cars to its customers from 2011, which produce zero emissions during use.

According to Avis, Renault will roll out four electric vehicles for 2011 that include two derivatives of internal-combustion vehicles Renault Fluence Z.E., an electric version of Fluence; Renault Kangoo Express Z.E., an electric version of Renault Kangoo Express, intended primarily for fleet and business use.

In addition, various electric vehicles will later be extended to cover other segments, including two new cars whose architecture will be designed to run with electrical power a car derived from the Twizy Z.E. Concept for motoring in built-up areas; and the fourth vehicle will take its inspiration from Zoe Z.E. Concept and is expected to be released at the beginning of 2012.

The company claims that its customers can benefit from an eco-offering. Each car on the company's fleet is only six months old, to ensure maximum fuel efficiency, whilst the average CO2 emissions for cars purchased in 2009 was just 144.6g CO2/Km.

Pascal Bazin, chief executive of Avis Europe, said: “We are delighted to sign this important partnership with Renault to offer electric vehicles as part of our green fleet, which is an increasingly central part of our customer offering. Despite the impact of the recession, consumers are just as aware of the issues of climate change and it is only by working together with our partners that will we be able to make a difference.”

Uwe Hochgeschurtz, senior vice president of corporate sales division at Renault, said: “Avis is an important long-term partner for Renault, so we are thrilled to be able to expand our offering with the company to include electric vehicles.”