Posten, the Norwegian postal service, has ordered 240 Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E.s., marking one of the world’s biggest electric vehicle purchases so far.
The Kangoo Maxi Z.E. is well-suited to the everyday tasks of many business types, including administrative and courier companies, thanks to its official range of 106 miles (NEDC), which Renault estimates to be between 53 and 84 miles in the real world, depending on ambient temperature and driving conditions. Posten’s red Kangoo Maxi Z.E.s will mostly be used in areas of high population density.
Posten, which already has a fleet of 900 electric vehicles (cars, bikes, quadricycles, trailers), is taking a further step forward in environmental responsibility with the purchase of Kangoo Maxi Z.E. The service is targeting a 40 per cent reduction in its CO2 emissions by 2020, a substantial measure considering Posten alone accounts for no less than one per cent of CO2 emissions in Norway as a whole.
Over the last few years, electric vehicle sales in Norway have been stimulated by a committed government incentive policy. At the end of 2015, electric vehicle sales account for 20 per cent of all new vehicle sales in the country. It is expected that there will be 200,000 electric vehicles across the country by 2020, accounting for 10 per cent of all cars on Norwegian roads.
In Norway, electric cars are exempt from VAT and road tax. They pay no parking fees, road tolls or ferry charges, and they are entitled to use bus lanes.
Awarded the accolade of International Van of the Year 2012, the Kangoo Van Z.E. range consists of four versions – the two-seater Kangoo Van Z.E. and longer-wheelbase Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E., and the five-seater Kangoo Van Maxi Crew Z.E. and Kangoo Van Maxi Crew CAB Z.E. with extra side windows.