Austrian Post is banking on Renault’s Kangoo Z.E.
The Austrian Post is increasingly using electric delivery vehicles. Last year, the country’s largest logistics company received a total of 110 Renault Kangoo Z.E. all-electric vans, 139 more of which are currently in the process of being delivered.
Renault’s new looks for electric transporter vans
Renault is giving its range of light commercial vehicles a new look. At the same time, the French company will be presenting new visuals for the Master Z.E. battery-electric and, with the Kangoo Z.E. Concept, a preview of the next generation of the Kangoo series, to be launched next year.
Switzerland: Quickpack launches 100 Kangoo Z.E.
The Swiss postal service provider Quickpac, which is now entering the parcel delivery market, has ordered 100 Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E. electric vans. The first 50 units have been handed over, the second half of the order is expected to follow in late summer.
Renault announces cargo Zoe
In connection with the announcement of their German sales figures for 2018, Renault has announced that a Cargo version of the Zoe will be added to their range of electric models this year.
Renault is converting Belle-Île-en-Mer to a smart island
The Atlantic island of Belle-Île-en-Mer will be converted to a smart island by Renault, alongside partners Morbihan Energies, Les Cars Bleus and Enedis to be the first French smart island. A similar project was already kicked off on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo by Renault, as well.
Renault enables termination of battery lease
Renault electric vehicle owners holding a lease for the battery of their Zoe or even Twizy may now end their contract and buy (or resell) the power pack instead. The move follows the option to buy batteries of Renault EVs that had been open for new owners and now applies retroactively.
Renault opens concept store in Berlin
Renault has now opened a concept store for electric vehicles in Berlin. The 145 square meter Electric Vehicle Experience Center of the Renault subsidiary König is the second of its kind in Europe.
Renault invests €1 billion in electric mobility
Renault has announced their plan to invest about 1 billion euros into the expansion of development and production of electrified vehicles in France. Specifically, the manufacturer is planning to develop a new alliance platform for electric vehicles in the Douai factory.
Engie fits 50 Kangoo Z.E. with fuel cells
The energy provider Engie has fitted a fleet of 50 Kangoo Z.E. with fuel cell range extenders from Symbio, in Rungis, near Paris, for their employees. A hydrogen fuel station was also installed at the location.
Renault and Ikea introduce car-sharing concept in France
Renault is starting a cooperation with Ikea in France to provide a car-sharing service, and is providing about 300 commercial and utility vehicles, including some EVs. The service is set to be introduced by September to eventually include all French Ikea franchises.
Renault and EEM launch “Smart Island” project
Renault and EEM launched the ‘Smart Island’ project, that will give EV batteries a sweet second life on the Madeira archipelago. The French manufacturer is cooperating with utility Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira to convert Porto Santo island into a smart grid. On a small scale first.
Renault opening EV Concept Store
The announced opening of the Renault Concept Store for electric vehicles is finally becoming reality: Tomorrow the showroom will open its doors for the first time in Stockholms biggest shopping mall, the Täby Centrum.
Vienna, Kangoo Z.E., Toyota, Massachusetts, Kansas City.
Long electric buses for Vienna: The Austrian capital is looking to modernise its public transport fleet and kicked off a second tender. The result will be announced in spring 2017, and will for the first time include 12-metre buses with electric drivetrains. How many was not announced.
wien.gv.at (in German)
Kangoo Z.E. with H2 range-extender: About a year ago, three British companies came together to offer fleet operators a Renault transporter with fuel cell range extender (we reported). Some 32 models have already been sold, also because the REx adds an extra 400 km of range.
Toyota Mirai international: Europcar UK has added the fuel cell vehicle to its fleets of its newly acquired Brunel chauffeur business, using money from the recently received Office of Low Emission Vehicles grant. Meanwhile, Toyota is looking to offer a few units of the Mirai in United Arab Emirates, now that Air Liquide has been charged with setting up a first H2 fuelling pump in Dubai.
fleetnews.co.uk (Europcar), albawaba.com (UAE)
EV quota for government agencies: The Massachusetts Senate passed a measure requiring a quarter of all new vehicles purchased for [some] government agencies to be electric by 2025. The new bill also lays the foundation for cities to dedicated parking stalls for EVs only.
Kansas eyes EVs: Kansas City International Airport is looking to purchase four electric buses from BYD. A final decision, however, won’t be made until after Thanksgiving, so in the last week of November.