The Renault EZ-FLEX is an experimental electric van designed for last-mile urban delivery. It has a driving range of 62 miles – Renault claims that urban deliveries require a driving range of 31 miles per day on average.
It is compact enough to access car parks yet it also has a 3m3 load capacity – and a 4.5 metre turning circle.
The design of the Renault EZ-FLEX aims to meet the needs of a delivery driver, including easy access to the cockpit and to the rear. The vehicle is also designed to enable a wide variety of configurations for the cargo bay.
Twelve Renault EZ-FLEX vehicles will be lent to various professionals, companies, cities and municipalities in Europe to collect relevant data usage to better understand the needs associated with daily delivery in urban areas. The trial is expected to last about two years.
The vehicle is equipped with sensors to better understand its use. The professional users will further enhance this data with their feedback during the trial.
Different data types will be collected including geolocation, mileage, range, use of cargo opening, speed, stops, etc. This data will then be transferred via the vehicle’s connected system, either in real time or once per day, to understand the reality of daily use.
The analysis of the data, twinned with the users’ feedback, will enable Renault to design vehicles which are better adapted to the evolution of urban logistics.
In a world where the increase in urbanisation will lead to over 60% of the population living in cities by 2030, the mobility of people is not the only aspect to rethink: a new era is also beginning for transporting goods at a time that has seen rapid growth in online purchasing. The demand for ever faster and more accurate delivery times is coupled with increasing regulatory constraints in towns and city centres.