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

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    • 1 Second Ago
      American Refugee
      • 7 Months Ago
      I look forward to the day that this is not news. Wait, I think that day has come.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Good to see the more practical useful practical versions of electric vehicles doing well, companies awash with money sitting on the sidelines have the money to splash out on expensive EV's. Renault Kangoo is a great little car the company l work brought a 700 of these crew diesel versions, they are nice to drive 3rd row seat is raised up to high, if you are tall you will bang your head on the roof lining going over a speed bump, not sure if Renault have fixed this with the later version. 78 mile range is not brilliant but a lot better than the silly usless unpractical Twizy 35 mile range. Still gotta pay for battery hire. Great to see the commercial versions of EV's selling well, good to see Renault recognises where the market it is. Gotta say this is an electric car l could live with lots of space in the Kango Crew models. The crew versions would make an excellent 7 seater family people carrier making, boxy shape also make it very useful for hauling the odd large item when you get ripped off having to pay £25 to have it delivered. Lots of nice overhead stowage bins as well. Kangoo Crew version is something thats very useful, very practical that l certainly would consider it as a very useful 7 seater family carrier. Well done Renault it looks a spacious winner something you don't normally associate with electric cars.
      • 7 Months Ago
      It's been said like a million times - EVs and fixed routes are a match made in heaven.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Diregisme built the Canal du Midi several hundred years ago, and more recently the only electricity grid in the world which is 75% nuclear. It will electrify French transport too.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Renault's system of battery hire, instead of outright purchase, is proving to have it's points. I would suggest leasing the whole vehicle though, with the battery lease to expire at the same time as that on the rest of the car. That way any residuals are the company's worry. It should be borne in mind though that on this identical battery to those in the Leaf, regular charging to 100% instead of 80% is going to breach the terms of your warranty and might lead to a nasty shock when you hand the car back. I remain seriously unimpressed with the durability of the chemistry chosen in combination with the lack of a liquid cooling system.
      • 7 Months Ago
      50? At this point, that is kind of embarrassing. They should be ordering hundreds or thousands.
        • 7 Months Ago
        La Poste and other quasi government and government organisations have massive orders in.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Yeah, France should go hard into EVs. They have massive amounts of excess nuclear power available at night and not much in terms of local oil reserves. So go nuclear on transport with lots of EVs charging up on nuclear power every night.