Renault and La Poste: trial for last mile deliveries
At the VIVA Technology show (Paris 16-18 of May), Groupe Renault is announcing an initial experiment with La Poste Group of its Renault EZ-Flex light commercial vehicle. The aim is to forge a better understanding of future urban delivery practices.
Every day, postal workers complete their rounds in city centres, parking, getting in and out of their vehicle over 100 times, and loading and unloading their parcels. They aspire to complete their rounds in an agile and fluid manner, pollution-free.
Renault EZ-Flex is a compact and easy-handling vehicle designed to meet the mobility requirements of delivery persons. And as an electric vehicle, it ensures sustainable mobility. Its modular rear design may be evolved and will serve to map out future changes to the ecosystem.
The vehicle is connected and equipped with an array of sensors. These will be used to collect and analyze data on use, routes, mileage, range, speed and the number of stops, with the objective of forging a better understanding of the reality of everyday deliveries. The data will be analyzed in the light of feedback from delivery personnel, their daily experience and constraints, and the reaction of their environment. All the data will be used to adapt the light commercial vehicle to the challenges of future urban deliveries.
In the long term, ten Renault EZ-Flex will be loaned out in Europe to professionals, businesses, towns and communities for periods of up to two years.