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Renault wins first lot of UGAP tender for electric vehicles; companies ordering more than 15,600 Renault Kangoo electric vans over 4-year period

Renault has won the first lot of a call for bids for electric vehicles in France initiated by French public authorities and organized by the public procurement organization UGAP (l’Union des groupements d’achats publics). A total of 15,637 Kangoo Z.E. (earlier post) electric light commercial vans will be ordered over a 4-year period by 19 of France’s largest companies taking part in the call for bids, including 10,000 for La Poste, 1,500 for ERDF, 1,200 for UGAP, 510 for Veolia Environnement, 450 for GDF-Suez and 330 for Spie.

The bid tender was initiated a year and a half ago. (Earlier post.) La Poste chairman Jean-Paul Bailly was charged with forming a group of orders from large companies interested in acquiring electric vehicles. The invitation to tender was entrusted to the public procurement organization UGAP. UGAP estimates a total value for the project, which will lead to the acquisition of some 50,000 EVs, of about €1 billion (US$1.4 billion) over four years.

In addition to the light electric vans, the UGAP tender is seeking a two-seater compact van with a load capacity of approximately 1 m3; and a passenger car with four or five seats.

Companies taking part in the call for bids include: ADP, Air France, Areva, Bouygues, EDF, ERDF, Eiffage, France Télécom Orange, GDF Suez, GRT Gaz, GrDF, La Poste, RATP, SAUR, SNCF, SPIE, Suez Environnement, UGAP, Vinci and Véolia.

The first phase of the selection process was referred to as “competitive dialog”. Every month, the carmakers taking part in the call for bids met with purchasing representatives from the order group to answer their questions, present their solutions and feedback the customer needs. This phase was used to build a panorama of the offering and draw up the technical specifications meeting the needs of the members of the order group.

This success by Renault confirms the relevance of our electric vehicle offering—products and services alike—with business customers. The 19 large companies acquiring Kangoo Z.E. were attracted to its intrinsic qualities and by our original business model, based in particular on battery rental.

—J. Stoll, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing & Light Commercial Vehicles

Renault Kangoo Z.E, priced from €15,000 (US$21,222) (in France, ex VAT, including the deduction of a €5,000 environmental bonus), has been available to order in France across the entire Renault network since 30 September. It makes its first physical appearance at more than 370 dealership in France today, followed by gradual launch in all European countries.

Kangoo Z.E. is produced at the Maubeuge plant in France along with its internal-combustion sister. The plant has been specialized in the production of light commercial vehicles for 20 years and is able to continuously adapt to the diversity inherent to this type of vehicle (short and long versions, panel version, etc.) and to sales demand. The choice of Maubeuge enables rapid industrialization while ensuring extremely high quality.

Comments

Davemart

Excellent. I had thought that UGAP had reduced its order from 50,000, but this is just the first tranche for the Kangoo van and other orders, it appears, will be places as other models become available.

HarveyD

This is exactly what all countries should do to get initial BEVs off and running in large quantities. Multiplied by 100 this would use the first 5 million BEVs required to launch worldwide mass production and reduce cost.

mahonj

Electric delivery vans are a very good idea for urban areas.
Also taxis and all stop/start vehicles - and buses.
Hybridisation would do.

Mainly to reduce diesel particulates and other pollution in cities.

I wonder could you economically retrofit buses with hybrid drives.
(in factories or big depots set up for the purpose).

HarveyD

To retrofit buses and trucks is no longer a major challenge but it may not be financially beneficial, where gas/diesel is still very cheap.

Where the profit margin is the highest priority, added fuel taxes of up to $4+/gal or crude oil at $200+/barrel is a prerequisite. In those places, higher fuel taxes are impossible and $200+/barrel for crude is not for tomorrow.

The only way for the rest of the world to win would be to impose special compensation tariffs, other restrictions or import bans on goods from countries with above average per capita pollution. The hawks would start sharpening their sabers and drones.

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