European car makers Renault and Mercedes-Benz are bringing some spark to the end of the financial year, by throwing in some valuable inclusions with the Renault Zoe and Mercedes-Benz EQC.
The offers, which both include free wall chargers including installation with purchases of either vehicle until the end of June, aim to encourage drivers to make the switch to electric mobility.
In Australia, the Renault Zoe is one of the most affordable electric vehicles in Australia and starts from just under $50,000 driveaway, whereas the Mercedes-Benz EQC is at the higher end of the price spectrum at $137,900 before on-roads and options, offering all the premium features and add-ons that come with its luxurious price tag.
For the Renault Zoe, the offer of a free 7kW wall charger including installation and a 5-year warranty greatly increases both the value of the $49,900 Zoe and will enable its 41kWh battery which offers 300km real world driving range to be recharged at home in around 6 hours.
As Renault Australia managing director Anouk Poelmann points out, the offer could be even better for businesses wanting to take advantage of the increased instant asset write-off which is now expanded to purchases under $150,000.
“With the $150K instant asset write, this offer represents a fantastic opportunity for small businesses looking to upgrade their fleet to pure electric,” said Poelmann in a note by email.
“With its 300 km range and zero emissions, ZOE represents a great delivery vehicle for small businesses offering home delivery, such as pharmacies or restaurants.
“The inclusion of a drive-away pricing and a fully installed charging station – valued at up to $6000 – make this package a perfect solution for small businesses in the lead up to the end of the financial year, while the warranty extension adds peace of mind motoring.
“Combining French flair with no carbon emissions, engine noise or gear changes, Renault ZOE has led the charge for electric mobility. This is a great opportunity for Australian businesses to join the EV revolution,” she said.
“Renault is the pioneer of pure-electric mobility and Europe’s number-one seller of electric vehicles. Drawing on that engineering expertise, ZOE offers an emission-free alternative that is now within reach of more Australians with this great offer,” said Poelmann.
Mercedes-Benz has been drumming up interest for its offer, which it says includes its Wallbox charger (which on single phase can charge at a rate of 7kW) installation of the charger and a 3 year service plan, via a promotional email to customers.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC, which offers up to 400km driving range from its 80kW battery, can charge at a rate of 30km an hour on the Wallbox and can also take advantage of growing DC fast charger networks on Australia.
The offer says, “The future of mobility is here – and it comes with its own benefits. Not only does the revolutionary EQC offer you over 400km of range, close to silent driving and intuitive MBUX technology that learns about you – for a limited period it comes with a complimentary series of extras designed to make your experience even more exceptional*.
“Purchase an EQC before 30 June 2020 and take delivery before 30 September 2020 and you’ll receive a complimentary Mercedes-Benz Wallbox charger, standard Wallbox installation and a 3 Year Service Plan*. Driving the first all-electric Mercedes-Benz will be even more enjoyable knowing that everything else has already been taken care of.”
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Bridie Schmidt is associate editor for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018, and has a keen interest in the role that zero-emissions transport has to play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and has it available for hire on evee.com.au.