Mail delivery firm PostNL in the Netherlands has taken delivery of the first two electric Renault Master Z.E. vans, with a further 15 to be added by the end of 2018.
The electric van will help PostNL to achieve its aim of CO2-free deliveries in 25 inner cities where it operates by 2025.
The new Renault Master Z.E. is equipped with the latest generation 33kWh lithium-ion battery. As a result, the commercial vehicle is able to realise a real-world range of approx. 75 miles, which makes it ideal for ‘last mile deliveries’ in inner cities.
The interior of the Master Z.E. has been carried across from the Master to provide a mobile office, while the battery charges in just six hours with a 7.4kW charger. The Renault Master Z.E. will be available in six versions with loading space of between 8 and 13 m2. PostNL will use a fleet of seventeen Renault Master Z.E. models by the end of 2018.
Liesbeth Kaashoek, Packages and Logistics director at PostNL: “PostNL likes to invest in sustainability. For instance, our package distribution centres are constructed using the most sustainable materials and also feature solar panels on the roof. We are also updating our vehicle fleet thanks to various models of electrical bikes, scooters and cars. We are thus proud to be the first company to drive with the Renault Master Z.E. in Europe. This means our packages will be delivered emission-free in the inner cities of Utrecht and Leeuwarden, and other cities will follow soon.”