Translink has struck a deal with Shelbourne Motors to add Renault Zoe and Kangoo vans to its fleet of support vehicles.
The vehicle retailer has provided Translink with the electric vans as part of Translink’s Net Zero Emissions Strategy, aimed to create cleaner and greener transport to impact the climate emergency and air quality.
The new Renault Zoe was recently voted ‘Best Small Electric Car For Value’ at the 2021 What Car? Car of the Year Awards and boasts a driving range of up to 245 miles with a running cost of 3p per mile.
The Renault Kangoo ZE is powered by a 33kWh battery and 44kW motor and has a range of up to 124 miles from a single charge and can be fully recharged in six hours.
Ian Campbell, director of service operations with Translink, said: “Translink recognises that climate change is a major environmental issue and we actively promote the environmental benefits of travelling by public transport as a better, more sustainable travel solution.
“We have some of the most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly buses in the region and were delighted to recently introduce new hydrogen double deck buses into service in Belfast – a first in Ireland and announced an order for 100 further zero-emission hydrogen and battery electric buses that will enter service in 2022.
"These vehicles when introduced, will further reduce our overall greenhouse gas emissions, and improve air quality along key routes.
“We are also taking steps to minimise the environmental impact of our day-to-day support operations and this move in conjunction with Shelbourne Motors, will be a further step in our plans to help reduce our carbon footprint.”
Paul Ward, director of Shelbourne Motors, added: “Shelbourne Motors is delighted to expand its relationship with Translink with the supply of these award-winning 100% electric Renault vehicles as part of their network of support vehicles.
“Translink is leading the way towards a greener, more sustainable era for public transport in Northern Ireland and the Renault Kangoo ZE Van and Renault Zoe will play an integral role in their drive towards zero emissions, as well as providing day-to-day functional support at ultra-low running costs.”