By John Bambridge
Order from the Royal Hashemite Court is the largest single request for the Renault Zoe since the French model was launched in 2013
The Royal Hashemite Court of the Jordan has made an order for 150 electric Renault Zoe vehicles. Launched in France in 2013, the Renault Zoe electric vehicle is both zero-emission and noise-free.
The agreement was signed between Bernard Cambier, Renault Middle East, Africa (MEA) and India region chairman, Khaled Nosseir, chairman of the official Renault distributor (AIM) in Jordan and the Royal Hashemite Court.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) plans to deliver 150 Renault Zoe electric vehicles (EVs) before the end of 2015.
To date, the order from the Royal Hashemite Court is the largest single request for the Renault Zoe since its launch, and will make Renault the number one car manufacturer for the royal EV fleet.
King Abdullah II of Jordan announced that the Jordanian royal vehicle fleet would be converted to EVs alongside an ambitious solar panel programme during the World Economic Forum on the Middle East in Amman last May.
As a result, the 150 Renault Zoe EVs will be 100 percent powered by solar panels installed on royal property.
The introduction of the EV in Jordan has strong support from the government, which is promoting green and sustainable mobility, and the order is the first step in a plan that has already seen discussions on yet more Renault EV orders in the coming months.
Renault is the electric car leader in Europe with 17,800 vehicles sold in 2014 and more than 63,000 electric cars on the road worldwide available in 40 countries.
In France, Renault is also rolling out its two-seater Twizys in the Bluecub all-electric car-share fleet serving Bordeaux and outskirts.
The Twizy is extremely compact (2.34 metres long by 1.24 metes wide), has a very low centre of gravity, and can acceleration from standstill to 45kmph in just six seconds.
By the end of 2015 there will be 110 Twizys in operation across the Bolloré Bluely service in Lyon and the Bluecub service in Bordeaux.