THE all-new all-electric Renault Master Z.E. is out making its first deliveries.
Having been shown at the CV Show (NEC, April 24-26, 2018), a Dutch mail, parcel and e-commerce corporation, PostNL, is now making its deliveries using two of the Master ZE vans.
By 2025, PostNL plans to achieve CO2-free deliveries in 25 inner cities where it operates.
Liesbeth Kaashoek, Packages and Logistics director at PostNL said: “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.”
The new Renault Master Z.E. features a latest generation 33kWh lithium-ion battery with a real-world range of around 75 miles.
Renault says this makes the Master Z.E. 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 cubic metres.
PostNL plans a fleet of 17 Renault Master Z.E. models by the end of 2018.
Master Z.E. and the Renault range at the CV Show
If you visited the CV Show this year, the Renault Master Z.E. was central to the Renault stand and was one of 13 vans on display.
First UK deliveries of the Master Z.E. will start in winter 2018.
Renault Pro+ Commercial Vehicles runs the strapline an “EasyLife for Professionals”.
Vincent Tourette, Managing Director, Groupe Renault said:
“Renault’s aim with LCVs is to offer professionals an easy, seamless experience with their van that enhances their business. The new conversions on display do exactly that and take Renault Pro+ Commercial Vehicles into new sectors of the market, whilst the forthcoming Master Z.E. adds to our electric LCV range, re-enforcing our position as Europe’s leader in electric vans.”
On show was a new aluminium-bodied Renault Master double cab tipper. Due to its lightweight construction, it offers up to an additional 100kg payload.
The Renault Tech Parcel delivery conversion for the Master – that was developed in association with delivery firm UPS – features an innovative walk-through bulkhead. This means the van driver can access the cargo without getting out of the van.
Another Renault Tech conversion on display was with Alliance Healthcare – a Master Pharma van. It featured a fully washable, lightweight, insulated lining and floor, the Master Pharmaceutical Pharma Van maintains temperatures between 15-25ºC with a data recorder and temperature display to ensure the load hasn’t been compromised in transit.
A Master Luton LoLoader on display was a conversion that’s part of the Renault OTS (Off The Shelf) conversion programme. With specific conversions stocked and ready to be fitted locally.