First 100 vehicles for taxi company Mai Linh part of package that will see Vietnam have the most electric cars in ASEAN.
An official signing ceremony was held by Renault and the Mai Linh Group on April 8 in Hanoi for the purchase of the first 100 Fluence Z.E. vehicles from the famous French carmaker, which will arrive in Vietnam in June.
The agreement follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed last December between Auto Motors Vietnam, Renault’s local importer, and the Mai Linh Group, at the French Embassy in the capital.
Under the MoU a fleet of 10,000 to 20,000 Renault electric vehicles will be imported into Vietnam over a five-year period and be used as taxis by the Mai Linh Group. The fleet would be the largest electric car fleet in ASEAN.
“With the Fluence Z.E. fleet, Renault is steadily growing its presence in Vietnam, which is one of the fastest growing markets in Asia Pacific,” said Mr. Roland Bouchara, Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Renault Asia Pacific. “Renault believes that electric vehicles offer a real answer to today’s climate change challenges.”
The Renault Fluence Z.E. (Z.E. meaning Zero Emissions) is equipped with a battery of 22kWh that produces a maximum of 95 horsepower and a top speed of 135 km/h. It can run about 200 km on a single charge.
Making cars since 1898, Groupe Renault is an international multi-brand group and sold more than 2.8 million vehicles in 125 countries in 2015, with 36 manufacturing sites and 12,000 points of sales and employing more than 120,000 people. The group also has a Formula 1 team.
Established in 1993, the Mai Linh Group was the first taxi company in Vietnam, with a fleet of more than 15,000 taxis operating in 53 cities and provinces throughout the country. Auto Motors Vietnam, in Vietnam since 2010, is the exclusive importer of Renault, the fourth-largest automotive group in the world thanks to the Renault Nissan Alliance.