In the Hamburg electromobility model region, Renault is deploying 15 battery-powered vehicles from the light commercial vehicle sector. They are being examined in every operation for their technical suitability.
In order that the vehicles can be serviced well locally, two Hamburg Renault dealerships have been equipped to carry out maintenance of electric cars. The dealerships’ mechanics have also been trained in dealing with high-voltage components. The vehicles were also supplied via the dealerships.
The users were selected based on potential fleet use scenarios. In addition to large companies from the logistics sector (Hermes and HHLA), the consortium was also able to recruit retail and public service organisations (energy, water, airport) as participants in the project. The vehicles proved their technical suitability and the vehicleto-charging-infrastructure interface also worked perfectly, even if a certain period of familiarisation was required for the users in dealing with the charging terminals and plugs. As all vehicles were deployed in commercial fleets with their own charging infrastructure, it was possible to ensure that the batteries were always adequately charged. The issue of limited range, that is often the subject of public debate, thus represented no problem in this project. Specific range experiments did, however, help to get a more in-depth understanding of battery capacity in real-world conditions, e.g. depending on weather and driving style. The consortium was able to establish the »User Meeting« initiated in the Hamburg electromobility model region as a forum for the fleet managers involved in the project to share experiences.