240 Electric Renault Kangoos For Norwegian Postal Service

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Norwegian Postal Service Purchases 240 New Renault EV Kangoo Maxi ZEs

The postal service of Norway, the Posten, will soon possess an electric vehicle fleet enriched by the purchase of an additional 240 new Renault Kangoo Maxi ZEs, according to recent reports.

The Norwegian postal service already possesses a fleet of 900 electric vehicles — this includes electric cars as well as bikes, quadricycles, etc.

norway postal service electric Kangoo

The Posten is currently working to achieve a 40% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020 — hence the decision to purchase more electric vehicles (EVs). As the Posten is actually responsible for around 1% of Norway’s carbon dioxide emissions (the country possesses substantial hydroelectric capacity), the decision is quite notable.

Green Car Congress provides more:

With a range of 170 km (106 miles) NEDC (80 to 125 km under usual driving conditions), Kangoo Maxi ZE is well-suited to the everyday tasks of administrations and companies. Posten’s red Kangoo Maxi ZEs will mostly be used in areas of high population density.

…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% of all new vehicle sales in the country. The expectations are that by 2020, 200,000 electric cars will be on Norwegian roads — 10% of the vehicle parc.

In Norway, electric cars are exempted from VAT and road tax. They pay no parking fees, road tolls or ferry charges. And they are entitled to use bus lanes. The Renault electric vehicle line-up in Norway comprises ZOE, Kangoo ZE, Kangoo Maxi ZE, five-seater Kangoo Maxi ZE, and Twizy.

As an elaboration on what was stated above, Norway currently receives a substantial majority of its electricity needs via hydropower — hence the relative lack of power plant related emissions, and therefore the relatively high percentage of the country’s carbon emissions coming via the transportation sector.

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6 thoughts on “240 Electric Renault Kangoos For Norwegian Postal Service

  • It’s not just the visibility: postal vans are used intensively, and mainly in urban areas, so you get a bigger benefit than from a typical private electric car.

    I was in the largely pedestrianised old town in Malaga last night for the Christmas lights. The only vehicles around were a few electric taxis, police cars and parcel delivery vans. I assume it’s town hall policy.

    • That’s awesome. Wouldn’t have expected that from Malaga. But don’t know much about it.

  • Any time high usage/high mileage were an ICE gets replaced with an EV is better for our planet.
    And if taxis use EV.s it exposes so much more people to the benefits of EV.s, re quiet ride etc.

    • Yes. That is huge for Norway.
      The expectations are that by 2020, 200,000 electric cars will be on Norwegian roads — 10% of the vehicle parc.

      My own back of the napkin estimate concludes that the top 30% of light vehicles are responsible for most of the countries mileage. And they plan on having a full 1/3 of those running electric by 2020 on mainly hydropower – wow!

  • Another one of those “easy” steps to take at the federal level, to push up those INDCs. All developed countries have a raising precent of fed/state/local light vehicles be EVs. Yes, in some places (like USA) you might need to add a stick. Don’t make the precent a sliding scale on highway funds withheld. Yes, it has been done in the past. Heavy vehicles would be different % based on type, example bus and trash. Of course in many location these have been privatized, so the sticking this case would have to be fine or bump in your taxes (sin tax). Personally would I prefer a straight CO2 fee/dividend system since it hits the biggest hitters first, but killing diesel in cities does have some big health benefits.

  • The US Postal Service should copy.

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