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EV Boost News: RAC Wins Contract with Renault to Provide Electric Vehicle Assistance

EV Boost News: RAC Wins Contract with Renault to Provide Electric Vehicle Assistance

The RAC has further developed its long-term relationship with Renault UK by winning the contract to provide roadside assistance for all its brand-new electric vehicles (EVs) as well as all those EVs still covered by its three-year warranty.

From 1 July, every battery electric Renault  vehicle sold or under warranty in the UK, including the extremely popular Zoe E-Tech 100% Electric and the eye-catching Twizy models along with the Kangoo E-Tech van, will be covered by the RAC should they encounter anything unexpected on the road.

Renault’s decision to appoint the RAC as its breakdown partner is a move away from the previous model which was primarily centred on recovery of vehicles as opposed to roadside repairs. With the RAC’s proven, long-term track record of fixing four out of five vehicles, the company is confident of being able to dramatically improve the overall experience for Renault’s customers who require roadside assistance.

The new contract is further recognition of the RAC’s market-leading position when it comes to supporting drivers of electric vehicles. Its pioneering EV Boost van-mounted chargers are now seen as the modern-day equivalent of the fuel can for drivers who are unfortunate enough to come across an out-of-order charge point or who miscalculate their journey and run out of charge. In addition, the RAC All-Wheels-Up recovery system, which is now fitted to the majority of patrol vans, can easily be used to tow an electric car safely with all four wheels off the road, saving customers having to wait for a separate flatbed truck.

Prior to taking on roadside assistance for Renault EVs, the RAC had already been looking after all the manufacturer’s new petrol and diesel cars since 2013. In addition, the RAC has been responsible for running the Renault, Dacia and Alpine customer contact centre since last year.

RAC head of OEM Roadside John Ellis said: “We’re very proud of our longstanding relationship with Renault and even prouder to have taken it a step further by being awarded the contract to provide roadside assistance for all its new and warrantied electric vehicles.

“While this currently covers the Twizy, the Zoe car and van, and the Kangoo van, many more exciting vehicles are on the way in the form of the Megane E-Tech and the Master E-Tech van, but perhaps most notably the return to our roads of the incredibly iconic Renault 5 in electric powertrain format.

As number-one for EV breakdown we’re ideally placed to come to the aid of any of Renault’s customers who might need help at the roadside. Should a driver accidentally run out of charge or be disappointed to find a public charge point that’s not working, we’re ready to help thanks to our lightweight, engine-driven RAC EV Boost charging system – technology that will be fitted to one in every five RAC patrol vans by the end of next year. And, if customers end up stranded for some other reason such as a double puncture or a suspension issue, our patrols can use the All Wheels Up recovery system to rescue them, which means they don’t have to wait for a flatbed to attend.”

Mark Thomason, Director of Quality & Service at Renault UK, said: “I am extremely pleased that we’re able continue to develop the services we offer for our customers with our long-term partner, the RAC. Together we are working hard to ensure all the key elements are in place to provide our customers with a seamless ownership experience, whether that be EV, Hybrid or ICE Renault vehicle”.

Further information:

For more information about the partnership between the RAC and Original ADS as well as information about the implementation of Charge Pod into the RAC’s fleet, please follow this link to the RAC’s website:  RAC exclusive deal will see hundreds more mobile EV charging vans on the road | RAC Drive

To find out more about our innovative Charge Pod system, please click here.

RAC Sign Deal with Original ADS for the Charge Pod System

RAC Sign Deal with Original ADS for the Charge Pod System

 

We are pleased to announce that we have signed a deal with the  RAC which means the RAC is the only breakdown assistance company in the UK supplied with our pioneering Charge Pod system.

“As a result of the exclusivity agreement the RAC plans to have 200 vans equipped to boost out-of-charge EVs by the end of 2021, with a further 120 coming online in 2022.”

It is incredibly exciting to be working in partnership with one of the UK’s most progressive motoring organisations and to have provided the company with a truly world leading solution which is not only absolutely fit for purpose, but it is, what we believe to be, the best solution on the global market to this problem.

We are also looking forward  to seeing the Charge Pod system being implemented into other fleet operators across the country and the globe. We trust this deal with the RAC displays that we are a capable company able to deliver, support and produce world-class products.

RAC chief operations director James Knight said:

We were very proud to be the first breakdown company to launch a solution at scale to help out-of-charge EV drivers, and we’re even more delighted to be the only roadside assistance company in the UK that can use this pioneering British-designed technology.

“It means within minutes of arriving with one of our EV customers, our expert patrols can plug in and get the car topped up enough to be driven a short distance home or to a nearby chargepoint. We believe it’s faster, more efficient and better for the planet than having to send a big flatbed recovery vehicle or a van full of batteries.

“And, if a customer breaks down in an EV for another reason our patrols have more unique equipment in their vans to help. If they can’t fix the fault there and then, they can tow it themselves with our All-Wheels-Up recovery system meaning there’s no need to wait for a tow truck. It’s like having a flatbed in the back of an RAC van.

 

Further information about the Charge Pod system can be found here.

Read the RAC’s press release

RAC are the UK’s #1 breakdown company for electric cars

RAC are the UK’s #1 breakdown company for electric cars

Sales of full electric cars and of PHEVs each tripled in October 2020 versus the same month in 2019. Combined, they’re now one in seven of all the new cars sold, very similar numbers to diesels. For some brands, these statistics are even higher.

Considering the growing number of electric vehicles on our roads, it is essential that roadside assistance companies are able to support the changing requirements of modern roadside assistance. The RAC have addressed this need by installing the Original ADS Charge Pod to their standard patrol vehicles that are currently in service.

“We’ve turned our thinking into a reality – We are #1 for Electric Car Breakdown” – Paul Coward, Strategy and Insight Director, RAC.

Charge Pod enables the RAC to provide flat or severely depleted electric cars with a roadside power boost so the vehicle can be driven to the nearest static charging point rather than being picked up and recovered on a flatbed recovery vehicle.

The Charge Pod system is lightweight, compact and offers 100% duty cycle which means the RAC are not having to compromise on the service they deliver to traditional internal combustion engine vehicles and they are also able to provide this crucial support to EV drivers to alleviate range anxiety concerns. With this pioneering technology onboard, it is no wonder the RAC are #1!

Further information: 

To learn more about our innovative Charge Pod system, click here.

To find out more about the partnership between the RAC and Original ADS and the implementation of Charge Pod within the RAC’s fleet, then please follow this link to the RAC website: RAC exclusive deal will see hundreds more mobile EV charging vans on the road | RAC Drive

Information about RAC electric car breakdown cover can be found here: Electric Car Breakdown Cover | #1 For EV Breakdown | RAC

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