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Renault explores possibilities for urban last-mile delivery with the EZ-FLEX

Renault EZ-FLEX is an experimental electric and connected LCV that is both compact and agile. It was created and designed for sustainable mobility and delivery efficiency in urban areas.

It provides an optimal footprint in relation to its load space: the length (3.86 m), width (1.65 m) and height (1.88m) are small enough to enable access to car parks. Its 3m3 load capacity is exceptional for its dimensions and made possible by a compact cockpit which still offers the full range of assets of a true LCV. The 4.5 m turning circle provides excellent maneuverability in the streets of city centres.

Everything was designed to meet the needs of a delivery driver. The wide access to the cockpit, a clear central dashboard for quick and easy access to driving information, excellent visibility and simple and efficient controls. The interface is modern and apes the functionality users experience with their smartphones. It offers services and applications linked to the vehicle and can integrate further applications linked to various professionals’ activities.

Rear loading is optimised via an ergonomic loading height (760 mm above ground) and opening enabling easy access to the entire load-bay. The vehicle was also designed to enable a wide variety of configurations for the cargo-bay. These rear space configurations are adaptable, designed to meet the different needs of the assorted professionals to whom the vehicle will be lent.

As an electric vehicle, EZ-FLEX can access city centres, offering a range of 100 km adapted to the needs of urban delivery (urban deliveries require driving 50 km per day on average).

A dozen Renault EZ-FLEX vehicles will be lent to various professionals, companies, cities and municipalities in Europe. The experiment is expected to last about 2 years.

The vehicle is equipped with sensors to better understand its use. The professional users will further enrich this data with their feedback during the experiment. Different data types will be collected including but not limited to: 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. Through this experiment, Renault has a new approach to prepare and design the innovations of tomorrow. This flexible method, which is a breakthrough in the automotive industry, is very close to practices used in other sectors, such as gaming.

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