After EZ-PRO, the autonomous and connected electric concept car introduced at the end of 2018, Groupe Renault is continuing its exploratory work of urban mobility with the launch of EZ-FLEX. This European-scale collaborative experiment is a response to the challenges of sustainable mobility and last mile urban delivery.
Compact vehicle, Renault EZ-FLEX is cut for city centers! Its dimensions – 3.86 m long, 1.65 m wide and 1.88 m high – make it very easy to handle. Its turning radius of 4.5 m contributes to its urban agility. Thanks to its compacted cockpit, its loading capacity is 3 m3.
EZ-FLEX has been designed to meet the needs and constraints of deliverymen. Renault’s electric and connected utility offers an easier access to the driver’s cab and a central dashboard to quickly view driving information.
To facilitate rear loading, Groupe Renault engineers have defined an ergonomic loading height (700 mm from the ground) and doors that allow easy access to the entire area. A range of flexible rear modules can meet the needs of different trades, as well as the connected human machine interface that can embed applications specific to the activity of each professional.
Renault EZ-FLEX provides easy access to inner cities and offers a range of up to 150 km, perfectly adapted to last mile deliveries in city centers, which average 50 km per vehicle per day.
Renault EZ-FLEX is also at the heart of an unprecedented collaborative experiment in real conditions. Throughout Europe, vehicles equipped with sensors will be loaned to professionals, companies, cities or communities, for a period of 2 years.
The collection and analysis of geolocation data, related to mileage, autonomy, speed or the number of stops, combined with feedback from professionals, will help to understand the reality of everyday use.
Reported at least once a day, these data will be used for the design of vehicles consistent with the challenges of urban logistics.
By 2030, urbanization will intensify – more than 60% of the population will be concentrated in cities. The volume of goods transport in the world is expected to quadruple by 2050, due to the rising numbers of online purchases. This is the reason why managing the movement of people and goods has become a major challenge for states, local authorities, businesses and individuals.
Access policies to inner cities become more open to most virtuous vehicles, in a logic of reduction of pollutant emissions.
After the EZ-PRO concept car, which foreshadows the vision of urban delivery by 2030, with EZ-FLEX, Renault is pursuing its forward-looking approach around the challenges of sustainable mobility and last mile delivery!
Renault EZ-FLEX is to be discovered on the Renault stand at VivaTech Fair – May 16 to 18, 2019 in Paris.
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