Zero-Emissions Renault Master Vans Enter Service

Zero-Emissions Renault Master Vans Enter Service

Zero-Emissions Renault Master Vans Enter Service

A Dutch delivery operator has become the first business in Europe to take delivery of the Renault Master ZE, an electric van with a large load capacity built for urban use.

Commercial Fleet reports that the Master ZE will be rolling out in the UK before the end of the year, while its early deployment in the Netherlands will allow its design to be tested in real-world conditions ahead of its general release.

A total of 17 examples of this zero-emissions van have been supplied to PostNL, with company spokesperson Liesbeth Kaashoek pointing out that these electric LCVs will go some way towards ensuring that it can meet its ambition of eliminating its carbon footprint by 2025.

The electric underpinnings of the Renault Master ZE consist of an array of lithium ion batteries that can store 33kWh of energy and provide a range of 75 miles in between charges.

This claimed range is not the maximum that the van can achieve in lab conditions but rather its real-world performance limit, which means it should actually be able to meet and even exceed this once it is out and about on public roads.

Electric vehicle manufacturers have faced criticism in the past for the way that they have advertised range, so companies like Renault are taking a more honest and transparent approach with their upcoming offerings.

In terms of charging time, it will take around six hours for the internal batteries to be refilled using a basic wall charger. Faster charging will be available in some areas, although as with other EVs this is mostly down to the infrastructure rather than the vehicle itself.

Six different iterations of the basic Master ZE will be available, with the largest of the lot offering a cargo area with a 13 cubic metre volume. And like the diesel-powered examples of this current van, there are a lot of other modern features that make it easy to recommend to business users.

The cab features plenty of storage, including below the seats, while the MediaNav system provides infotainment and navigation capabilities along with Bluetooth connectivity for smartphone synchronisation.

Safety systems keep drivers, passengers and other road users safer, while the zero-emissions power train will mean that the Master ZE does not contribute to air pollution or create nearly as much noise as diesel vans. These two factors are what make it well equipped to deal with city driving, especially at a time when emissions regulations are tightening and charges are being levelled against the most polluting vans on the road.

The early adoption of the Master ZE in the Netherlands looks like proof that Renault is pushing in the right direction with its eco-friendly range of LCVs. The Kangoo ZE has already shown that there is demand for efficient zero-emissions vehicles, with this larger model giving customers more choice.

Rival electric vans, like an adapted version of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, will challenge the Master ZE in the near future, so it will not be completely uncontested.

 

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