Renault has launched a new division in the UK aimed at providing infrastructure solutions to businesses that are adopting electric vehicles.
The move is the next step in the company’s offering, having previously deployed two EV business development managers to take the weight of customer demand regarding the process of how to deploy electric vehicles on to fleets.
“You can’t really have a sales team tied up in that, so we brought these guys in to have that conversation; they were presenting to the public sector bodies and doing all the big picture stuff, while the sales team got on dealing with the business,” explained Renault’s fleet boss, Mark Dickens. “Over time, what we’ve discovered is there’s big hole still in this; I want to buy 100 Zoes, how do I get the charging and everything else into my business to be able to run it?”
The question is dominant around light commercials, according to the French brand, with the logistical issues of charging large numbers of electric vans every evening.
“Elexent is our group division that now does that. So rather than have to put it out to third party people and get those third party people in, we bring our own group division to it,” continued Dickens.
“That launched very recently, it’s a different offer, and it cements our partnership with the business customers that we work with, because that was always a bit of a hole.”
“We’ve still got the electric vehicle business development manager but everything has moved on and now the whole team are experts; these are the two guys who will be the representatives of Elexent in the UK so it’s all the same people, and we can definitely talk with the confidence of being the OEM.”
As well as the long-established Zoe and KAngoo electric models, Renault is also launching Megane Sport Tourer and Captur PHEVs next month, and has confirmed an all-electric Megane for 2022.