Scots charity goes all electric

Charity  ‘Food Train’ has taken delivery of six Renault Master ZE and three Kangoo ZE pure electric vans...all to be used to provide food access to older, vulnerable people across areas of Scotland.

These are the first all electric vans that the charity has acquired, allowing it to expand its business to volunteers supplying grocery deliveries to those with ill health, frailty or disability across Clackmannanshire and East Renfrewshire, adding to Dumfries and Galloway, West Lothian, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Stirling, Dundee and Scottish Borders.

The pure EV Renault ZE van has been funded through the SP Energy Networks Green Economy Fund, provided through the Energy Saving Trust. The fund aims to offer to local communities support for low carbon transport and the government’s overall energy strategy.

Additionally, savings from purchasing pure EV vans has allowed the charity to refocus its funds to other parts of the charity – and generated cost savings on expensive maintenance of older vehicles.

Importantly, the change has had little impact on the effectiveness of its complex operation, which has seen the charity make 445,000 deliveries in 2019/20 and deliver shopping that was worth over £14 million. 

The respective WLTP ranges of 75 and 143 miles for the Renault Master Z.E. and Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E. have proved enough for the rounds, even though the number of drops can vary significantly. To add extra reassurance and enable the charity to reach older people in more remote areas of Stirling, one of the Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E. vans has been specified with the optional heat pump. Part of the air conditioning system, it produces heat or cools down the vehicle. Acting like reversible air conditioning, it operates in both capacities while preserving the driving range that is available to the Food Train’s volunteers.

Vincent Tourette, Managing Director, Groupe Renault UK, said the Renault PRO+ range allowed for businesses and organisations to scale-up their environmental credentials while also ensuring financial benefits across their operations, whether in urban or rural settings.


EQT Infrastructure to acquire InstaVolt

EQT Infrastructure has agreed to acquire InstaVolt, the UK’s fastest-growing independent rapid electric vehicle charging operator, from Zouk Capital.

Headquartered in Basingstoke, UK, InstaVolt is an operator and owner of electric vehicle (EV) charge points with a nationwide network of approximately 700 charge points across the UK. 

EQT Infrastructure will invest significantly in InstaVolt’s accelerated roll-out of charge points to reach a nationwide network of 10,000 rapid electric vehicle chargers by 2032.