Renault has unveiled an experimental electric and connected light commercial van (LCV) which it claims is both compact and agile and was created for sustainable mobility and delivery efficiency in urban areas.
Renault says it is more than a vehicle and is a real work tool for deliverers.
Called the Renault EZ-FLEX, the company says it is an innovative approach to better grasp the challenges of last-mile delivery and it will be experimented with various professionals in Europe to collect relevant data in order to better understand the needs associated with daily delivery in urban areas.
Renault claims the volume of goods transported in the world is expected to quadruple by 2050 and within that context Renault presented its vision of the future of urban delivery in 2030 with the electric, autonomous and connected Renault EZ-PRO concept car.
With an electric and connected vehicle like EZ-FLEX Renault aims to prepare for the future by exploring new uses of last-mile delivery.
We invite you to discover Renault EZ-FLEX at the Renault stand at the VIVA Technology fair from 16 to 18 May 2019 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (France).
EZ-FLEX is 3.86 m long x 1.65 mwide and 1.88m high and is small enough to access to low height car parks while Its 3m3load capacity is made possible by a compact cockpit which still offers the full range of assets for a true LCVwhile offering a 4.5 m turning circle ensuring strong maneuverability in city centres.
Renault says it was designed to meet the needs of delivererswith wide access to the driver’s seat which facilitates better entry and exit. It boasts a highly visible central dashboard for quick and easy access to driving information, visibility and efficient driving controls. The interfaceis modern and fully integrated into the world of smartphones and applications linked to the vehicle can integrate applications linked with various professionals’ activities.
Rear height is just 760 mm above ground and all openings enabling easy access to the entire loading surface while EZ-FLEX has been designed to enable a wide variety of configurations.
EZ-FLEX is a full EV and offers a range of 150 km adapted to the needs of urban delivery work
A dozen Renault EZ-FLEX vehicles will be loaned to various companies, cities and municipalities in Europe overt the next two years.
It is equipped with sensorsto better understand its uses and these will enrich data gained from the van along with their feedback during the experiment. Different data such as geolocation, mileage, range, use of openings, speed, stops, etc. will be collected and then be transferred via the vehicle’s connected system, either in real time or once per day, to understand the reality of daily uses.
Renault says the analysis of the data will enable it to design vehicles which are better adapted to the evolutions in urban logistics. The goal is to have the ecosystem’s players test a vehicle and its services in real-life conditions to obtain a shared vision of urban mobility of goods.
Through this experiment, Renault is initiating a new approachto prepare and design the innovations of tomorrow. This flexible approach, which is a breakthrough in the automotive industry, is very close to practices used in other sectors, such as gaming.