Second electric trial begins

A trial of electric vans by Australia Post is to use Renault’s Electric Kangoo Z.E. (Zero Emissions) as part of a 12 month trial to assess the viability of electricity as an alternative energy source in the transport industry. This joins another trial being carried out by Toll using a Smith Electric light duty truck.

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Renault currently supplies Australia Post’s mail delivery vans and the two companies have come together to trial the use of fully electric vans for Australia Post’s parcel business. The Kangoo Z.E. has been on sale in Europe since late 2011 and has already sold in excess of 14,000 vehicles worldwide.

The trial will commence in Melbourne this month with two Kangoo Z.E. Maxi vehicles and then rollout with two further vehicles in Sydney towards the end of 2014.

“We are excited to broaden our existing relationship with Australia Post in rolling out this trial of the Kangoo Z.E. in Australia,” said Justin Hocevar, Renault’s Managing Director. “Renault is a global leader in electric vehicle technology with four models currently on the market worldwide and Kangoo Z.E. has already been a strong sales success globally. Incidentally Renault is currently the number one seller in Europe for both fully electric vehicles and light commercial vehicles.

“Through our partnership with Australia Post we are able to comprehensively investigate the business case for introducing the fully electric, Kangoo Z.E. van in Australia in the future.”

The charging station at Australia Post’s Port Melbourne Business Hub is funded by the Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.

“Operating the four electric vehicles in Melbourne and Sydney is an exciting step forward that tangibly demonstrates our commitment to the environment,” said Andrew Sellick, Australia Post Head of Environmental Sustainability. “The vehicles will be powered by accredited GreenPower from renewable energy sources to ensure we are maximising the potential to reduce our environmental impact.

“While at this stage we are working with Renault to prove this concept, if the vans perform well across the range of metrics we’ll be measuring them on, the future potential is very exciting. We hope this initiative will ultimately help drive the commercialisation and acceptance of electric vehicles in this country.”