Andy Heiron Renault Twizy hits UK showrooms EV Update

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Andy Heiron up Renault’s UK EV programme. EV Update about the French company’s to cross the Channel.


As head of UK EV programme, Andy Heiron is for all of the company’s EV activities. Andy has with Renault for 24 years and has a range of senior positions in services and quality, fleet and regional management.

Renault recently launched its model across the UK. The move part of the French carmaker’s to invest £3.5 billion in EV Renault has around 1,000 working on its EV programme worldwide.

EV In general, how do you view the UK’s for EV uptake?

Andy Heiron: The key is and Renault’s battery hire allowing upfront prices in with an equivalent diesel has a clear customer appeal and as manufacturers enter the market and volumes grow we believe sales will grow Infrastructure is building steadily, the of Polar, a privately-funded network will grow to 4,000 in the next 12 months is significant and welcome, but it should always be that all indicators point to the of charging being at home or The government incentive package is to drive the market, but the key here is with a long-term view and the announcement of an increase in BiK from runs counter to this and the wrong signals to a still market

EV Update: The Twizy is presumably the urban consumer, right?

Heiron: Twizy appeals as a and an irrational purchase! Many who ve seen it and tried it say that don t need one but want one. On a rational basis, we see Twizy to commuters who have considered a but want something that has safety and protection [and are attracted by the low running costs, road fund licence and emission in use.

EV Update: The Twizy is priced That’s considerably less the bigger EVs. Do you anticipate size car having higher penetration because of the price?

Heiron: To be honest, we have all of projections for Twizy sales. It s that s so new and unique on the market, who The interest that s been on its launch weekend shows there are plenty of people by it. There is a clear trend in the towards compact city (an emerging ‘nano’ segment) by economic and social trends

EV Update: Do you think there’s a that EVs might be a niche, phenomenon?

A ndy Heiron: Not at all. EVs an appeal across all areas. It s not people based in London who zero road fund low running costs, 100% down allowance and zero BIK for car users.

Many people the silent running and the joy of never a petrol station again. the improvements in range that battery technology brings the EV is a practical choice for a significant of the motoring population, not just and city-dwellers

EV Update: Could you tell us Renault’s dealership network in the UK?

Heiron: We have a nationwide 22 Z.E. Experts from to Inverness already, and over the 12 months this will rapidly so that all Renault will be able to sell and the Z.E. models in 2013.

EV Where do you see the UK EV market in 3-5 years

Andy Heiron: This is the million-dollar question. The only that experts and commentators on is that the market will rapidly. It is our belief that more choice and consistent policy the annual EV market grow significantly.

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