Across Europe, post offices are going electric
To reduce air pollution in urban areas, electric utility vehicles used for last-kilometre deliveries are a credible solution. All the more since many European cities are marking out clean air zones within their city centres, where overly polluting vehicles are prohibited.
Particularly expensive, last-kilometre delivery accounts for 20% of the total cost of delivery. A cause of city-centre traffic, these deliveries also carry a significant environmental impact, responsible for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
To provide answers to this problem, many European cities have made the decision to limit their city centre to the least polluting vehicles. From April 2019, a low-emission zone will be set up in London. There are currently 53 low-emission zones in Germany that are only accessible to vehicles with green eco-stickers. On the road after 2016, these less polluting vehicles meet Euro 4 or higher standards.
Already used by many companies for last-kilometre deliveries, Renault electric utility vehicles are helping to reduce emissions in urban areas. Let’s take a look at the features of four of our electric utility vehicles.
The new Renault Kangoo Z.E. has been the best-selling electric van in Europe for the past six years. You can travel up to 200 km on one charge thanks to the battery, the “Z.E. 33” 33 kWh battery, which can also be fully recharged in 6 hours. This utility vehicle is perfect for city deliveries, thanks to its flexibility, turning radius and compact size. Its side and/or rear doors make it easier to load and unload.
With the new Kangoo Z.E., Renault offers a wide range of custom-made versions and adaptations. Frigo or Kangoo Z.E. Pick-up skip. The Kangoo Maxi Z.E., with an extra 2m3 of space. 6m3 is just what you need for your daily rounds in the city.
The Renault Master Z.E. is a large electric van that offers a range of about 120 km and can also be fully recharged in six hours. Perfect for city deliveries, it comes in three different length and height versions to suit the needs of your business. The Master Z.E. features a practical volume ranging from 8 to 22 m3 depending on its various configurations. It can carry between 1000 and 1100 kilogram loads depending on the model. It also features doors that can open 270 degrees, making it much easier to load and unload.
A fresh take on the Renault ZOE launched in 2016, the new ZOE Société mirrors its predecessor in regard to its compact and well-structured design. With its Z.E.40 battery, you can drive it some 300 km on a single charge. It recharges in about 1 hour 38 minutes at a rapid charging point. The ultimate city car, ZOE is perfectly suited for business use, and especially for city-centre deliveries thanks to its boot that boasts a volume of 338 litres.
The Twizy Cargo is an urban quadricycle, ideal for the city-centre delivery of small parcels. It recharges in 3 hours 30 minutes and features a range of 100 kilometres of city driving. Thanks to its compact size, you can take it everywhere and even park it perpendicular to the sidewalks, between two cars, giving you easy access to the boot. Despite its ultra compact size, the Twizy Cargo features a large boot with a capacity of 156 litres (VDA standard) and a load bearing weight of 75 kilograms.