Wind Power Propels Electric Renaults On Scottish Islands

2 years ago by Mark Kane 9

Renault ZOE powered almost entirely by renewable energy in Scotland

Renault ZOE powered almost entirely by renewable energy in Scotland

Renault ZOE and Kangoo Z.E. powered almost entirely by renewable energy in Scotland

Renault ZOE and Kangoo Z.E. powered almost entirely by renewable energy in Scotland

If you remember the Fully Charged episode about Orkney’s forest of wind turbines, you probably will not be surprised by the high ratio of renewable energy generated in Scotland.

Electric cars in Scotland are powered almost entirely by renewable energy, and Renault decided to use this as an advantage for marketing their EVs – ZOE and Kangoo Z.E.

Nine ZOE and one Kangoo Z.E. are now available to hire on an hourly or daily basis, by residents and visitors to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

“Much of the electricity needed to charge the electric vehicles will be generated by the Pentland Road Wind Farm. The nine ZOE hatchbacks and a Kangoo Van Z.E. have been introduced through a unique partnership between E-Car Club and the wind farm operators. The Renault models’ specification, fun drive, reliability and excellent customer feedback (98%, a level never reached before at Renault), were key factors in the decision to integrate them in the car sharing scheme.

Representing an investment of £24 million and developed over a 12-year period, Pentland Road Windfarm will generate power for the new vehicles as part of providing renewable electricity to the islands. Such is the efficiency of the wind farm and the suitability of the local climate to support wind power, the six turbines will supply sufficient electricity to meet the entire domestic load of the Outer Hebrides.

A Renault EV’s carbon footprint can only decrease with time, as the production of renewable energies grows. In comparison, an ICE car’s carbon footprint will always remain the same. According to the International Energy Agency, 7 million EVs on the road could help save 400,000 oil barrels per day by 2020.”

Renault ZOE powered almost entirely by renewable energy in Scotland

Renault ZOE powered almost entirely by renewable energy in Scotland

Renault ZOE powered almost entirely by renewable energy in Scotland

Renault ZOE powered almost entirely by renewable energy in Scotland

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9 responses to "Wind Power Propels Electric Renaults On Scottish Islands"

  1. offib says:

    Customer feedback at “98%, a level never reached before at Renault” sorry, I couldn’t help but laugh at that for a bit.

  2. Ken says:

    Its been said already, but damn that Zoe looks so much better than my Leaf. Reminds me like s sport compact ir a hot gatch instead if a family car. Id but that or a eNv200 if we could get them here.

    1. Pete says:

      I can say you that I drive a Zoe for a while, but Leaf drives much more comfortable, better performance and quality. A friend owns a e-NV 200, very nice but for me makes only sense when i can sell my gasoline family car, so it needs more than 40 kWh, a dream!

  3. Ziv says:

    I like the idea of renewable energy, but putting a windfarm on Scottish land is like a super model renting out her face to have makeup advertisements tattooed on it.
    The UK countryside can be one of the most beautiful places in the world, and windfarms will taint it. But coal smoke would be worse, so there is that.
    I would hate to see windfarms on Mull for example.

    1. Phr3d says:

      awaiting the camo turbine myself, not sure how the aerospace white became the requirement.

      gimme ma’ Green tower ‘n blades durnit!

      1. Ziv says:

        Green would be interesting, I also wonder about the chances that shorter vertical axis wind generators. Obviously they wouldn’t have the same power and reliability of the taller, bigger traditional horizontal axis generators but they would be a lot less intrusive for areas of greater scenic worth.

    2. BraveLilToaster says:

      That never ceases to crack me up.

      First, what would Holland be like without windmills? They’re iconic to the region. You couldn’t imagine Holland without them. Your grandkids will say the same of Scotland before you’re dead.

      Second, it’s a barren turfscape. More reminiscent of Canada’s high arctic tundra than anything south of the Arctic Circle where you can expect trees to grow. When people complain about how wind power is “industrializing the British (and Scottish, of course) landscape”, they fail to recognize the fact that it already is. It’s all been converted over to grazing land for sheep and farmland well over 150 years ago. If you want to see what actual nature looks like, come to British Columbia sometime.

  4. Djoni says:

    ” In comparison, an ICE car’s carbon footprint will always remain the same.”

    Nope, because the easy and cheap extraction of “high quality” fossil fuel is declining.
    As the demand continue, more and more of it will come from bitumen, fracking and deep well.
    Not all so easy to deal with.
    They cost a lot more to extract, refine and transport, thus polluting more.
    And that is without counting the high level of contaminated by-product that come from fracking and distilling and the use of chemical to do it.
    Tar sand being one hell of a dirty product.
    So, it will get worse, a lot worse.

  5. goodbyegascar says:

    That Renault ZOE is so doggone cute.