First Renault Master Z.E. In Europe Delivered To PostNL

JUN 23 2018 BY MARK KANE 14

Renault just delivered its first all-electric Master Z.E. vans, tailor-made for mainly last-mile delivery fleet companies and city fleets.

Two copies entered service in PostNL, a mail, parcel and e-commerce corporation in the Netherlands, which by the end of this year will receive a total of 17 Master Z.E.

PostNL aims to become zero-emission by 2025, which means a lot more EV orders are to come.

The French electric vans shares the 33 kWh battery with much smaller Kangoo Z.E. Real-world range is estimated at 75 miles (120 km).

Renault said also that in UK deliveries are expected next winter.

Renault Master Z.E.

“PostNL aims to achieve CO2-free deliveries in 25 inner cities where it operates by 2025, and the Renault Master Z.E. is already proving to be the ideal way to achieve this.

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.”

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14 Comments on "First Renault Master Z.E. In Europe Delivered To PostNL"

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It is madness that every postal service hasn’t started buying EV delivery vans. Postal deliver is the near perfect EV application. Short known routes, stop & go driving, vehicles hang out at a centralized location at night for overnight charging, completely hedges their fuel costs. Solar PV can be put on post office buildings to cover electricity cost.

Swedish postal services has been doing electric since at least the 70’s. As you say anything else is just stupid.

Which are these electric vehicles, models?

Why not double the size of the battery, install two 33 kWh battery packs to give 66 kWh.
The van is big enough to take the extra battery.

Load capacity is more important than range.
If you double battery capacity to 66kWh, it can carry like what, 200kg less stuff.

And being a lot more expensive without any use….

If you carry that bigger load you will need the extra battery capacity.

Only if you want to drive long distances. For local packet delivery trucks, ~100km is enough to drive from the depot to the dudes receiving the packets.

Double capacity…. but double price and less util load. In Europe the limit is 3500 kg in total weight for this vehicles that you can drive with car license. I think it’s an interesting vehicle for local delivery as is.

I live in the Netherlands and here you can find a charging station about everywhere you turn. Electric cars, bikes, scooters and boats are very common.
This doesn’t surprise me at all.
PostNL is also one of the most reliable delivery service there is.
PS: dear InsideEVs people, please integrate Disqus to you comments section. This would make it a lot easier for us to share our thoughts and would bring more users here.

Disqus doesn’t show downvotes.

The advantages outweighs the disadvantages IMHO.

The Masters Z.E. starts from 60000 euro, the ice version (diesel) starts from 22000. That’s why not every postal service has started buying EV’s. – And that’s why a city like Amsterdam gives you 10k to buy your EV van.

I welcome these 2 vans to my country!
Way to go!