Renault and DHL reach EV agreement

Ahh, synergy.

DHL, which Renault chose last year to be the delivery company for replacement battery packs for its electric vehicles (EVs), has ordered at least 50 EVs from the French automaker itself. DHL will take possession of four Kangoo Z.E. utility vans by the end of the year, and will acquire the remaining Kangoo and Zoe compact EVs by 2015.

Renault, which accounts for almost a third of all EVs sold in Europe, has sold more than 5,200 Kangoo Z.E.'s since debuting the vehicle a year ago. The Kangoo Z.E. has a single-charge range of about 100 miles while the Zoe's range is about 130 miles on a full charge. See Renault's press release below.
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Kangoo Z.E. and ZOE to join the DHL Express France fleet by 2015

October 10, 2012
  • Renault will supply DHL France with a fleet of electric vehicles by 2015. A total 50 vehicles have already been confirmed. The first four which are Kangoo Z.E., will be delivered by the end of 2012.
  • Renault already chose DHL in 2011 to manage the logistics of battery shipments to all Z.E. centres and expert sites across France. The new partnership signed today strengthens the cooperation between Renault and DHL in the development of electric vehicles in France.
DHL, the global leader in transport and logistics, chose Renault to help it develop the use of electric vehicles as part of its activities. DHL has already confirmed an order of 50 vehicles, comprising both Kangoo Z.E. and ZOE, to be delivered between now and 2015. Additional orders will depend on the different potential needs.

François Guionnet, director of Renault Parc Entreprises said: "Renault is particularly proud to take part in this key stage of DHL's GoGreen Program, which aims to reduce the carbon emissions of DHL by 30% by 2020."

About Renault The Renault group, present in 118 countries, designs, develops, manufactures and sells passenger cars and light commercial vehicles under the Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors brands. To meet the new challenges facing the automotive industry, both environmental and economic, Renault is implementing a two-pronged strategy: improvements to existing technologies with new generations of carbon-efficient engines, and the breakthrough "Zero Emission" programme. Renault launched a zero-emission range in 2011 with Fluence ZE and Kangoo ZE, followed in 2012 by Twizy, an innovative urban quadricyle, and ZOE, which arrives on the market this autumn. This range makes innovation affordable to the greatest number. With its partner Nissan, Renault is targeting world leadership in the mass marketing of zero-emission vehicles.

About DHL DHL is the global leader in transport and logistics and "the global transport and logistics group". DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories, and 275,000 employees worldwide offer customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than €53 billion in 2011.

A few figures:
Renault is leader on the electric vehicle market with market share of 28.5 % in Europe
Kangoo Z.E. Launched in October 2011 5,249 vehicles sold since launch at end-September First electric vehicle sold on the French market ZOE Spearheading the Renault Z.E. range First ZE supermini available to everybody