Florence asserts its commitment to electric transport
Renault's cooperation with the city of Florence began in 2011 when Matteo Renzi (then mayor of Florence) signed an agreement with the Renault-Nissan Alliance on promotion of the electric vehicle. The agreement is materializing with the purchase of 53 Renault Twizy and 17 Renault Kangoo Z.E. for municipal duties.
“This delivery of a Renault Z.E. fleet is a first step towards the implementation of our program supporting EV use. Florence is a beautiful city with a great historical centre and the environment has always been our priority. We have to lead the way. Promoting electro mobility helps respect the environment, reduce acoustic pollution, and contributes to preserving our cultural heritage, damaged everyday by car exhaust gases" commented Dario Nardella, mayor of the city of Florence
As air quality becomes an increasingly critical challenge for major European cities, the electric vehicle brings a much needed breakthrough solution.
“Massive introduction of electric vehicles, under support from relevant government authorities, can improve urban air quality and bring pollution levels down below the thresholds set by European standards,” claims Martine Meyer, Renault's health and environment spokesperson, citing a study carried out in partnership with ARIA Technologies and the city of Rome, which finds conclusive results at street level: “With 20% of vehicles using electric power, particulate concentration in the city air could be reduced by up to 30%, and NO2 concentration by 45%.”
Renault Twizy, ideal for city driving
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed a total of 120 agreements with government administrations, electric utility companies and other partners to promote the development of electric vehicles.
Renault Twizy holds huge customer appeal in a range of applications: car-sharing fleets, tourist centres, private developments and new urban planning projects. And with its unique design, Renault's electric two-seater makes a powerful communications impact for companies who choose to use it in their fleets (see text box).
Renault Twizy: examples