Electric cars and cognac go together like...

We're not sure there's a connection between electric cars and cognac, but one of the world's most recognized cognac maker, Jas Hennessy & Co in Cognac, France, has purchased 45 electric (23 ZOEs & 22 Kangoo Z.E.s) vehicles from Renault.

The vehicles are "Intended for workers travelling between the company’s sites, these electric vehicles refresh 80 percent of a fleet that until now was entirely composed of internal combustion-engined vehicles."  So, the fleet is now 80% electric!

Press release below:

Renault delivers 45 electric vehicles to Jas Hennessy & co

Renault has delivered a fleet of 45 electric vehicles to Jas Hennessy & Co in Cognac, France. Jas Hennessy & Co now boasts one of the largest electric vehicle fleets amongst private businesses in France. 100 Jas Hennessy & Co employees underwent a bespoke training programme to familiarise them with the use of these electric vehicles.

Jas Hennessy & Co, based in and around Cognac, France, has taken delivery from Renault of 45 electric vehicles (23 ZOEs and 22 Kangoo Z.E.s).

Intended for workers travelling between the company’s sites, these electric vehicles refresh 80 per cent of a fleet that until now was entirely composed of internal combustion-engined vehicles.

One hundred Jas Hennessy & Co employees underwent both theoretical and practical training, organised by Renault’s Cognac dealership, in order to familiarise them with these new electric vehicles.

Around 75 charging points have been installed at each of the firm’s major sites.

Benoît Alleaume, Director of Renault Special Sales: “We are delighted to be partnering Hennessy in its drive to reduce its carbon footprint. For Renault, electric vehicles are one of the answers to the environmental challenges we face, since they tick the reduced CO2 emissions box. Increasing numbers of businesses are now incorporating electric vehicles within their fleets so as to take advantage of their numerous benefits, including those they have for staff (automatic transmission, no noise, etc.).”

Marc Sorin, Operations Manager for Jas Hennessy & Co: “For many years now, Jas Hennessy & Co has been actively working to reduce its environmental impact. Conscious of its need to set an example, the company made a commitment to follow a rigorous environmental programme which complements its actions and those of its employees on a daily basis. This approach was recognised more than 20 years ago when Hennessy & Co was granted ISO 14001 certification, which enabled it to become the first certified wines and spirits business. More recently, the company invested in a solar-powered electric boat, allowing our visitors to cross the Charente to reach our ageing cellars.”


The Renault Group – which is represented in more than 120 countries worldwide – designs, develops, manufactures and markets passenger cars and light commercial vehicles under three brand names: Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors (RSM). Over the past three years, in response to the latest environmental and economic challenges faced by the automotive industry, the Renault Group has established itself as one of the three leading manufacturers in terms of low CO2 emissions. The two cornerstones of its success are the advancement of existing technologies through new-generation engines producing low CO2 emissions, as well as the company’s electric mobility programme. Since 2011, Renault has gradually a comprehensive range of electric vehicles, with the Kangoo Z.E., the Twizy urban quadricycle, the ZOE – which went on sale in 2013 – and the SM3 Z.E. saloon, sold locally by the RSM brand. This range of electric vehicles brings innovation to ordinary motorists, while also covering their everyday needs. Through the Alliance, Renault and Nissan are global leaders in the electric vehicle market, with more than 200,000 sales to date.

ABOUT Renault Parc Entreprises

Renault Parc Entreprises forms part of Renault’s Sales & Marketing Department in France, and is responsible for selling the company’s vehicles and services to businesses.

Renault Parc Entreprises markets a full range of vehicles to cover the needs of its customers, be they traders, tradespeople, SMEs, SMIs, administrative bodies, utility companies, lease companies or major fleet operators. It also provides a broad spectrum of innovative financing and services solutions. Renault Parc Entreprises draws upon its knowledge and skills to offer business customers a comprehensive and appropriate response to their vehicle and service requirements, whatever the size of their fleet.


Hennessy is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2015. The company’s development has been ongoing for seven generations, uniting the Hennessy and Fillioux families across five continents. With its roots and base firmly in the French town of Cognac, the company has worked tirelessly to perform consistently to the very best of its ability, owing particular credit to the men and women who have forged and continue to champion its reputation and standing throughout the world. Hennessy’s sustained success and longevity can be attributed to a set of values to which the company has remained true since its foundation: unique expertise, innovation, creation, excellence, heritage and a commitment to protecting the environment. These values are today the signature of a brand – the flagship of the LVMH Group – that stands out as an industry leader in the spirits world. They are similarly the guarantee of its continuing success.

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