RENAULT KANGOO Z.E. 33 ENABLES FORTNUM & MASON TO WRAP UP ITS LONDON CHRISTMAS DELIVERIES WITH ZERO TAILPIPE EMISSIONS

  • Fortnum & Mason orders a duo of all-electric Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 refrigerated van conversions
  • Prestige store will use the zero-emissions-in-use light commercials for deliveries in and around the capital
  • New Renault Pro+ commercial vehicles coincide with the opening of Fortnum & Mason at the Royal Exchange
  • Fortnum & Mason has used the Kangoo Z.E. since 2015 as part of its drive to reduce its carbon footprint
  • Kangoo Z.E. 33 chosen for its zero tailpipe emissions, Congestion Charge exemption and ease-of-use
  • Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 is priced from £18,392, excluding VAT, after the Plug-in Van Grant
  • Award-winning light commercial vehicle is available to order now

Fortnum & Mason, the iconic London-based retailer, continues to innovate its services by offering cutting-edge delivery 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 in the heart of the City, the zero-emissions-in-use, specially converted light commercial vehicles 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 for items such as Fortnum & Mason’s signature hampers, but 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 with range to spare.

The pairing of Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 replace Fortnum & Mason’s previous Kangoo Z.E., which the store has used successfully since 2015. The additional vans will enable Fortnum & Mason to service the increasing number of customers opting for convenient delivery of in-store purchases, including those that will now originate from the business’ additional store located in the Royal Exchange. Whereas its original Kangoo was an ‘off the shelf’ Panel Van, Fortnum & Mason chose to specify its new Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 vans with refrigerator conversions in order to ensure that customers’ fresh food purchases arrive in pristine condition.

In addition to providing a cost-effective method to conduct multi-drop deliveries in central London – the Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 being exempt from the London Congestion Charge and the proposed ULEZ charge, plus qualifying for zero road tax and offering significantly lower running costs compared to a van with a conventional internal combustion engine – the new vans also conform to Fortnum & Mason’s desire to continually reduce the carbon footprint of its operations.

The use of electric delivery vehicles plays a significant role in the carbon management plan relating to its Piccadilly store, which since 2015 has been the subject of a number of initiatives and investments that have been implemented to lower its impact on the environment. The introduction of the Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 complements the likes of all electricity being generated from 100 per cent renewable sources, the replacement of conventional lightbulbs with LEDs in store; and the fitment of energy efficient heating. By using the Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 for the basis of its refrigerator vehicles, Fortnum & Mason is not only eliminating CO2 emissions from the exhaust, but also those that would be created from using an on-board diesel generator to power the chiller.

Operating in the highly-populated and often heavily-congested capital, the Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 is the ideal vehicle for Fortnum & Mason’s multi-drop deliveries. No gear changes and instant response make light work of the constant stop/starting for deliveries and driving in traffic, while its near silent running means it also reduces noise pollution yet with the aid of Z.E Voice, which activates an audible warning up to 18 mph, keeps pedestrians safe.

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 has a real-world summer range of 124 miles and has a load capacity of up to 4.6m³, coupled with diesel-rivalling payload of up to 640kg. Together with the enhanced 33kWh battery, the Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 benefits from an upgraded charger that reduces charging times and is twice as powerful as its previous one. The single-phase 7kW AC charger can take the new 33kWh battery to a full charge in just six hours, with the ability to ‘top-up’ the vehicle by up to 15 miles in just one hour. The Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 is available in a range of body styles, including Kangoo Van Z.E. 33, Kangoo Maxi Z.E. 33, Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Z.E. 33 and Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Cab Z.E. 33.

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

The award-winning Renault Pro+ Commercial Vehicle range is supported by Renault Pro+ Business Centres as part of the dealer network, which has been developed to meet the specific requirements of business customers. Benefits of the highly specialised network include finance products tailored for professional customers, extended opening hours and courtesy vehicles that are of the same category (wherever possible), to a dedicated after sales contact.

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About Fortnum & Mason
Since it was founded in Piccadilly in 1707, Fortnum & Mason has remained an essential London destination for anyone in search of extraordinary food, joy-giving things, unforgettable experiences, and exceptional service. From the food halls and confectionery counters to the beautiful fragrance, beauty and fashion floor, expertly curated gentlemen’s department, and refined Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, Fortnum’s is committed to making the everyday special for each customer, whether they’re shopping in-store or from around the world at the award-winning www.fortnumandmason.com. Celebrated for its famous teas, Scotch eggs, handmade chocolates, and wicker hampers, the iconic brand remains committed to the imagination and discovery that has seen it through 311 years of history as it expands to new outposts at home and abroad – most recently at London’s The Royal Exchange. Proud of its storied past and innovating still, Fortnum’s mission – as it has been since 1707 – remains to deliver a sense of pleasure to every customer, wherever they happen to be in the world.

About Groupe Renault
Groupe Renault has been making cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling 3.76 million vehicles in 127 countries in 2017, with 36 manufacturing sites, 12,700 points of sales and employing more than 120,000 people. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and continue its strategy of profitable growth, the Group is harnessing its international growth and the complementary fit of its five brands, Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and LADA, together with electric vehicles and the unique Alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi. With a new team in Formula 1, Renault sees motorsport as a vector of innovation and brand awareness.

In the UK, Groupe Renault UK has nearly 160 dealers selling the range of Renault cars, LCVs and Dacia. Groupe Renault UK sales totalled 113,988 vehicles in 2017.

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