Norwegian Post Order Nearly 300 Renault Electric Vans

JUN 27 2015 BY MARK KANE 11

Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E.

Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E.

Posten Norge, national mail operator in Norway, ordered nearly 300 electric Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E electric vans.

This is one of the largest orders for EVs and should leverage a little bit of sales of electric vans in Norway, as only around 1,000 of them were registered out of well over 50,000 pure electric passenger cars.

According to the article, the fleet of Kangoo Maxi Z.E. van will pay off over its lifetime due to reduced operating costs.

Because mail delivery must be delivered regardless of the weather, cars are equipped with a diesel heater. In the winter they will not be fully zero emission, but consumption is just two liters per week.

Source: VG, Renault

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Why can’t all EV-manufacturers have an optional gas/diesel/alcohol-heater for their EV’s?
It sucks to have to use the main battery for this purpose.
The aftermarket suppliers for these things are not really there yet and I don’t trust the chinese knock-offs without UL-/TUV-listing.

You can pre-climatize every good EV while connected to a power-line (if the battery is enough charged). So at home this shouldn’t be a problem. Yes, on many parking lots without a chance to charge it is a problem…


Carsten +1

Yes, this is a very easy and efficient upgrade for cold climates.

Likewise for PHEVs (except i3) the best way to heat the cabin is to run the ICE.

And the fumes are lead completely unfiltered to the environment?! So this is like – Euro 1, or even less? Starting from September this year, you can’t first-time register a car with less than Euro 6(!) in Germany…
And an EV with such an battery capacity (which is definitely needed) and only 3kW(!) maximum charging power is a bad joke. Renault has the technology in the Zoe, why they don’t use that also here?!


The emissions of an external combustion cabin heater are certainly different and likely (or could be) less problematic than those of an internal combustion engine.

Even a preconditioned battery pack cools rapidly when driving in cold weather, and preconditioning isn’t always possible, so having a gas/diesel/alcohol heater as a backup would be great, especially in temperatures so cold that heat pumps aren’t efficient.

“Emission” is still emission, whether it is better or not in the ICE vs carbon heating comparison. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen an actual comparison on this subject, so to say one is definitely better than the other is debatable. However, there are few additional factors you need to consider too, especially when we are on the subject of zero emission. In winter time – emission pollution is actually as bad – if not even worse – to humans health. The dense air will actually have the pollutants stay closer to the ground, rather than high up in the air, which have adverse effect to our respiratory system, especially for those with respiratory disease. Note that the other way – hot weather – will have the pollutants high up in the atmosphere – so, either way, B.A.D. Moreover, because the vehicle will be on/off all the time within short distance, and because doors will be opened or closed all the time, heat will be on full blast, repeatedly, but for short duration each time. Again, a big no-no in terms of efficiency and amount of pollutants formation. So while heat pumps is definitely not the best way to produce carbon heat… Read more »

Can InsideEVs/Mark Kane find out how much each of the Kangoo cost in this case?

I’m curious because of the USPS Postal truck bid (earlier posted in InsideEVs). I’m suspecting that the cost will be substantial higher than the RFP USPS has sent.

Maybe a reality check for USPS…

Renault Kangoo Z.E. costs around 250,000 NOK ($32,000) in Norway. USPS could get discount.

Spot on Nissan Diesel fuel heater for cold climate.

The one thing on my Volt that $hits me to tears is the heater consumption.
I live in mild Australian climate – even with preconditioning it is crap.
How people drive these in N/A or Norway ?(impossible)
If they can’t get reverse cycle A/C to work in extreme cold conditions (which it won’t) and coolant based heating elements in the Volt which are just BS.

Fuel is actually a good valid source for heating …. it actually does that more efficiently than propelling a vehicle.

So why not?

At least the battery can give more km in cold and that is where it has the best use!

Heated seats and heated steering wheel are better solutions.


I have driven my MiEV 30.000mi in 2 years and drive in winter temps in the DC-area too. It’s not so much the heat in the car, that I miss, it’s more the fogging up/icing of the windows.
There used to be Fords with heated front windows (A friend used to have an Escort Ghia in the 90’s). Why can’t they do that sort of thing for EV’s now?