June 20, 2019

Fortnum & Mason wraps up its Christmas deliveries with zero tailpipe emissions

London-based retailer Fortnum & Mason are providing zero-emission deliveries through the use of a duo of all-electric Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 refrigerated vans.

Working out of its flagship Piccadilly store and newly-opened Royal Exchange outpost, the specially converted LCVs will complete deliveries in and around the capital, making on average 40 drops a day, seven days a week. Over the festive period they are expected to be even busier as customer demand increases, but Renault says the van’s real world range of 124 summer miles (75-99 winter miles) means a day’s deliveries can be comfortably completed on a single charge.

The pairing of Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 replace the retailer’s previous Kangoo Z.E., with Fortnum & Mason choosing to specify the new vans with refrigerator conversions.

David Woodroof, logistics manager, Fortnum & Mason, said: “We are immensely proud of our heritage, but Fortnum’s has survived for 311 years by constantly innovating – and so we are always looking for new ways to progress, particularly when it comes to our sustainability strategies. The Renault Kangoo Z.E. will play a part in our drive towards more environmentally friendly operations. Since 2015 it has proved a valuable, reliable, and highly efficient asset and its electric drivetrain is perfect for the role. While the actual mileage our vans cover is low, the driving conditions are demanding, but the Kangoo Z.E. overcomes a lot of the issues you would have with a conventionally-engined van, while also being significantly cheaper to run and maintain.”

Vincent Tourette, managing director, Groupe Renault UK, said: “To see such a famous and industry-leading business as Fortnum & Mason put its confidence in the Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 to not only carry out deliveries but also play a significant role in its drive to reduce its impact on the environment, is highly rewarding. Its round-the-clock use in the capital city also shows just how durable and usable it is, especially when it comes to making multi-drop deliveries in areas that are becoming increasingly restricted to vehicles, and all with zero emissions in-use.”

The Kangoo Z.E. 33 is priced from £18,392, excluding VAT, after the Plug-in Van Grant.