The Renault Master E-Tech has been chosen by Lyreco to spearhead the transition of its UK business to an all-electric delivery fleet.
Lyreco has introduced 17 all-electric Renault Master E-Tech panel vans to its London operation, which will work out of its Greenford, Tottenham and Dartford distribution depots. They are the first electrified light commercial vehicles that the multinational company has used in the UK.
The arrival of the vans is the culmination of a two-year search by the company to find a solution that matched its proposition for an electrified London delivery fleet. Lyreco says any solution had to offer not only optimum environmental compatibility, but also the capability to complete an extensive multi-drop route without any impact on efficiency or service.
While its London-based vans will not cover a great deal of miles completing delivery routes, Lyreco says they will carry a significant amount of customer orders. With an average order weighing circa 40kg, it was essential that its choice of electric van had a payload of over 1,000kg.
The Master E-Tech in Lyreco’s chosen long wheelbase and medium wheelbase formats have a payload of 1,300kg and 1,381kg respectively, and provides the business with a range of up to 75 miles on a single charge (WLTP).
Lyreco’s decision to invest in the Master E-Tech was also influenced by its experience of Renault LCVs. Of its 250-strong nationwide delivery fleet, 75 per cent of those rated at 3.5t are produced by Renault, with Lyreco having chosen the brand’s vehicles for over 10 years.
With distribution making up 44 per cent of the company’s total carbon footprint emissions and with a direct impact on customers’ carbon emissions, the company says this is a key milestone in its strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
Lyreco will charge its new vans via 7kW charge points that it has recently installed across its London distribution depots. With an 80 per cent charge being achievable in only 4.5 hours, it’s straightforward for Lyreco to keep its vans ‘topped-up’ between deliveries.
Richard Taylor, Head of Operations – Supply Chain, Lyreco UK & Ireland, said: “The purchase of Master E-Tech vans sends a clear message to our customers, our colleagues and the wider public, of our green credentials and commitment to sustainability. It means that where range and payload permits, our deliveries in London will be made by 100 per cent electric vehicles that will not contribute to air and noise pollution.
“Electric vans are currently the leading sustainable solution for our future operations and while the technology has been available for a couple of years, introducing any into our fleet before now would have been detrimental to our customer experience – the range and payload were simply not there. Making the transition to EVs had to work in every aspect and the Master E-Tech now ticks all the boxes.”