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Round-Up: Zoe ‘has class-leading RVs’, Welsh EV chargers ‘not viable’, EST CEO to step down

Renault claims class-leading Zoe RVs

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Renault has claimed its facelifted Zoe EV has class-leading predicted Residual Values, following CAP awarding the vehicle up to 42%.

Calculated over three years and 30,000 miles, this figure compares strongly with other new all-electric models in the market, Renault said.

The facelifted model is powered by a 52kWh which offers up to 245 miles under latest WLTP testing conditions with faster 50kW DC rapid charging also now available, Renault added.

Welsh EV charge points ‘not viable’

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There is an almost complete absence of EV charging points in rural and mid-Wales because “it is simply not commercially viable” for private companies to install points, according to Stephen Gifford, who sits on the board of the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales.

Responding to a question posed by Company Car Today at a Policy Forum for Wales event, he suggested that the easiest solution in the future would be for the Welsh Government to stand tall and plug the gap.

“This is a massive issue and is something where the public sector will need to step in,” he said. “A public subsidy is required, and an intervention by the state will be needed to ensure that there are a number of charging points in those areas,” he concluded.

EST CEO to step down

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The Energy Saving Trust has said that Philip Sellwood is set to leave his position as chief executive officer after 16 years at the helm.

He will retire in March 2020 and is to be succeeded by the organisation’s Group Director of Operations, Mike Thornton.

He also currently serves as a non-executive director on Local Government Improvement Board, is Vice Chair of Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, a senior independent director of Tevva Board and a trustee of Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

He said: “It has been an immense privilege to work alongside the incredible and passionate teams here at Energy Saving Trust, as well as the organisations that make-up our sector. The last sixteen years have been a remarkable time of change within the industry, though, there continues to be much work to be done. As the debate and ideas for new policies to help reach net zero increase, there isn’t a more decisive time to act. It is for this reason that I am delighted to be handing over the reins to Mike Thornton, who brings with him strong leadership skills, knowledge and experience. He will play a crucial role in leading the organisation’s next phase of growth and shaping a wider policy environment that will impact how the UK will contribute to minimising climate change. It’s a hugely exciting and rewarding role, and I wish Mike every success.”