The number of online orders is increasing every year. To keep city centers clean and livable, sustainable means of transport for 'last mile delivery' are therefore desperately needed. Renault shows what is possible in the field of electrical and autonomous freight transport.
Major changes are not only in the area of passenger transport, but also the transport of goods will undergo a transformation in the coming years. With increasingly busy city centers - the expectation is that 60 to 70 percent of the population will live in cities by 2030 - innovative and environmentally friendly ways of parcel delivery are necessary in the future.
The last ride
'Last mile delivery' is exactly what the term implies: the last journey before the delivery of goods to the end user. Larger packages and consumer items usually arrive per company car. Now that more and more cities are blocking polluting cars from the city center to limit traffic jams and environmental damage, manufacturers are looking for efficient and emission-free alternatives.
Renault has been fully committed to sustainable mobility for years. According to the French car manufacturer, electric transport is the answer to the mobility challenges of the future. More and more companies endorse this vision: last year PostNL started using seventeen emission-free Renault MASTER ZE models. The MASTER ZE is the first 100 percent large-volume electric company car.
According to Renault, mobility in the future is not only electrically autonomous, divisible and connected to the 'smart city'. To reinforce this conviction, the car brand presented the EZ trilogy last year. EZ-GO is a robotic vehicle for shared urban mobility with a capacity of six passengers, EZ-PRO a modularly constructed robotic vehicle for robotic urban distribution and EZ-ULTIMO a luxury self-driving lounge for up to three people.
All models are 100 percent electric. The autonomous EZ-PRO is also fully aligned with the 'last mile' ecosystem. Speed, flexibility, reliability and efficiency are of the utmost importance in the transport of goods. EZ-PRO, which can also function as a train thanks to switchable 'pods', makes it possible to automate and streamline this process. The robot vehicle is suitable for both B2B and B2C work and the end user determines where, when and how his goods are delivered.
EZ trilogy at Dutch Design Week
Do you want to see EZ-PRO and the two other concept cars from the EZ trilogy with your own eyes? This is possible during Dutch Design Week: the EZ trilogy can be seen until October 27 in the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven. If you are unable to come, look here for more information about Renault's vision of mobility in the future.
If you want to move quickly and easily from and to the 110 different DDW locations, then suitable transportation is easily found. Renault has made 35 copies of the new, 100 percent electric Renault ZOE available as a free 'Design Ride'. It is the first of the new Renault ZOE in the Netherlands.