The Alliance Renault-Nissan’s ZOE electric supermini has won a Techies, being named the most environmentally friendly fleet vehicle in the business.

The well-established ‘Techies’ are the only awards in the UK automotive industry that reward technological innovation in the corporate marketplace, with the goal of helping fleets operate in a cheaper, cleaner or more efficient way.

The ZOE is a small electric car sold under the Renault brand.

“The Renault ZOE is a huge boost to the electric vehicle sector because it’s clearly the most attractive model to enter this fledgling marketplace. Renault’s commitment to and investment in zero tailpipe emission vehicles is helping fleets meet their environmental and cost objectives in terms of running their vehicles, and deserves commendation,” said BusinessCar Editor Paul Barker. “The flagship vehicle of the French brand’s four-strong 100 per cent electric vehicle range is stylish, affordable and incredibly versatile – perfect for commuting and tailor-made for environmentally aware businesses who want to downsize their fleet’s engines and carbon footprint.”

Renault said judges were blown away by sophisticated ZOE’s industry-leading kit. Among its highlights, five ‘world premiere’ features and 60 patents designed to deliver user-friendliness, range and connectivity.

“ZOE represents cutting edge technology in a truly stylish package, offering everybody the opportunity to ‘go electric’ at the same price as diesel-powered alternatives,” said Phil York, Renault UK’s Marketing Director. “ZOE is a major step forward in useful technology and makes a genuine difference to the environment and the way people drive. We are delighted this has been recognized at the Techies and are very proud to receive this Green award.”