Renault Kangoo Van Electric


Renault’s commitment to greenize its range of cars resulted in introduction of the Kango Zero Emission Van.

First unveiled at the 2010 Hanover show, followed by the ‘Maxi’ version which was introduced at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Kangoo Van Z.E. arrives in Renault showrooms in November. It is targeted at business customers looking for an economical van that is more respectful of the environment.

Kangoo Van Z.E. is the market’s first affordable, all-electric van. Available in two- and-five-seat Maxi versions, too, it carries over the same user-friendly functional features as the internal combustion-engined version with a carrying capacity ranging from 2.4 to 4.6m3, a payload of 650kg and the same level of comfort. Pricing begins from £17,990.

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More details in Renault’s press release:

1. GETTING TO KNOW KANGOO VAN Z.E.

Kangoo Van Z.E. is the market’s first affordable, all-electric van which doesn’t produce any CO2 tailpipe emissions in use. It has its own visual signature, but above all it’s a Kangoo, and it’s just as user-friendly as the internal combustion-engined version…

The ‘Z.E.’ visual signature

Kangoo Van Z.E. features the same overall design as the internal combustion-engined version.  It’s distinctive ’100% electric’ identity is visually demonstrated by the lack of exhaust pipe and a chrome ‘Z.E.’ badge at the rear. The charging flap is located at the front of the vehicle, near the ‘Z.E.’ monogrammed front right light. A logo representing an electronic circuit is visible on the bumper, on the right rear door of the cargo area, and on the driver and passenger doors.

Electric – but above all, a true van

Thanks to the central location of the battery, below the floor, Kangoo Van Z.E. features the same dimensions and carrying capacity as the internal combustion-engined model. With an overall length of 4.21m, the load volume ranges from 3m3 to 3.5m3, while payload is 650kg. The flat floor permits a maximum load length of 2.5m (with passenger seat folded flat) which is identical to that boasted by the internal combustion-engined version. The width between the wheel arches is 1.21m, which enables a euro pallet to be loaded. The asymmetric rear doors, plus the sliding side door, enable easy access to the load area.

Kangoo Van Z.E. is a versatile vehicle and is available in two- and five-seat ‘Maxi’ form. The wheelbase of Maxi versions has been extended by 40cm for an overall length of 4.6m.

The two-seat version is designed for goods transport, and the front seats are separated from the cargo carrying area by an optional bulkhead. It is in this configuration that Kangoo Van Z.E. offers its optimal load capacity:

  • A carrying capacity of up to 4.6m3, an additional 1.1m3compared to Kangoo Van Z.E.
  • A maximum load length of 2.9m.

In its five-seat configuration, Kangoo Maxi Z.E. features a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat. It can carry up to five people and includes a load carrying capacity of 2.4m3. Seating in this versatile vehicle can be arranged in up to four different ways according to the number of people being carried. The bench seat can also be folded into the floor to provide an all-flat surface and free up extra space for a carrying capacity of 3.6m3.

Kangoo Van Z.E. is available in a choice of nine standard body colours, although customers are able specify their own company colours.

Kangoo stays one innovative step ahead

Thanks to its range of light commercial vehicles, Renault has topped the European LCV market for the past 13 years, with a market share that reached a record 15.9 percent in 2010.

More than 2.6 million Kangoo have been sold since the model’s launch in 1997, including 1.3 million van versions, making a major contribution to this success story. That couldn’t have been done without a strong taste for innovation, constantly focused on simplifying the everyday lives of customers. As the first so-called ‘monospace’ vehicle, Kangoo was first and foremost a conceptual innovation before a raft of practical innovations were introduced, including sliding doors, roof bars and the rear opening roof flap.

It is therefore completely natural for Kangoo to lead the way with the first all-electric, manufacturer-produced version. This addition to the range should enable Renault to consolidate its position as Europe’s best-selling LCV brand.

Inside, the DNA of a Kangoo

Inside, Kangoo Van Z.E. delivers the same strengths and features as the internal combustion-engined version.  It is comfortable and user-friendly, while its spacious cabin is brightly lit thanks to its MPV-type forward-positioned panoramic windscreen. Thanks to a high-up driving position, drivers enjoy a wide field of vision and the gear lever is mounted on the centre console to provide a degree of comfort equivalent to that of a passenger car. There are plenty of clever storage spaces, too, including an A4-size cubby in the dashboard, overhead stowage and a large 15-litre glove box.

An ‘electrified’ dashboard

The dashboard has been entirely rethought to make range optimisation easy and efficient.

There are two additional dials, one either side of the speedometer:

  • A gauge which indicates the battery’s level of charge.
  • An econometer which tells the driver how energy is being used: light blue indicates the vehicle is running ‘normally’, dark blue is optimum while red indicates that energy is being used excessively in a way that will impact the range.

The on-board computer has been tailored to meet the needs of driving an electric vehicle. It indicates the remaining range in kilometres, the battery’s remaining capacity in kWh and the average and instantaneous energy consumption.  Finally, the speedometer features a ‘Z.E.’ colour scheme, with the figures highlighted on a turquoise blue semi-circular background.

The high quality expected of a Renault van

Kangoo Van Z.E. meets the same safety and quality standards as the internal combustion-engined version.  The van is manufactured at the MCA plant in Maubeuge (France), on the same production lines as Kangoo. The same conversions as the internal combustion-engined version can be carried out to meet the needs of business and fleet customers, and the battery is fitted on the assembly line.

2. GO FOR A DRIVE IN KANGOO VAN Z.E.

As you press the throttle pedal, the vehicle begins to move in total silence. Safe in the knowledge that the vehicle emits no CO2, soot or particulates, driving Kangoo Van Z.E. means discovering a whole new world of driving enjoyment. The 44kW electric motor (equivalent to 60hp) instantly delivers its maximum torque of 226Nm. Acceleration from a standing start and through the mid-range is crisp, and the reducer which replaces the gearbox enables perfectly linear, seamless driving.

In addition to the silence of the motor and the lack of gear changes contributes to a calmer, more relaxed driving experience. Business customers who spend a significant amount of time in their vehicle will no doubt be the first to appreciate the advantages.

Meanwhile, the vehicle’s dynamics (body roll control, steering etc.) are identical to those of an internal combustion-engined Kangoo.

A range in line with everyday needs

The electric motor is powered by a 22kWh lithium-ion battery which provides an NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) combined cycle range of 170km (106 miles).

This range meets the majority of business customers’ everyday driving needs. Indeed, Renault’s research indicates that 70 percent of van drivers cover a daily distance of less than 62 miles.

In real-world conditions, the operational range of electric vehicles varies more than that of an internal combustion-engined vehicle and depends on factors like speed, the lie of the land, use of the climate control system or heater, the outside temperature, driving style (sporty, normal or ‘eco-driving’), etc.

Unlike internal combustion-engined vehicles, electric vehicles are at their most energy-efficient in built-up areas in heavy traffic, when a range of 125 miles can be achieved. When the vehicle is at a standstill (red lights, heavy traffic, etc.), the electric motor doesn’t use any energy, while the system that recovers energy under deceleration, works more frequently during city motoring because of repeated braking and stoping.

In contrast, severe weather conditions coupled with sporty driving, hilly routes and no use of the pre-heating system, can reduce the vehicle’s range to around 50 miles.

Even more than with an internal combustion-engined vehicle, drivers too can play an active part in extending the range of their electric vehicle. For example, by following a few, simple, eco-driving guidelines range can be extended by 18%. Renault has developed a number of intelligent systems aimed at optimising range:

  • Batterycharging under deceleration: when the driver’s foot lifts from the throttle pedal, the vehicle’s kinetic energy is recovered by the motor, which converts it into electric current which charges the battery. This system induces more pronounced engine braking, which triggers the brake lights. After a short while, the driver will realise that he or she hardly needs to use the brakes.
  • An Eco Mode function is fitted to Kangoo Van Z.E. as standard. Activating this button restricts the motor’s performance (torque and speed) and enables gains in range of up to 10%.  The Eco mode can be overridden by fully depressing the accelerator pedal.
  • The vehicle is equipped with a pre-start system. When the vehicle is plugged in, it is possible to programme the pre-heating or pre-cooling of the vehicle cabin. This function offers comfortable temperatures as soon as the driver gets into the vehicle and the system has no impact on range.
  • An additional 5kW heater is available as an option to heat the cabin while preserving battery life. This heater uses B30 or diesel fuel and requires the 13-litre fuel tank to be filled. The filler cap is located in the same place as it is on the internal combustion-engined vehicle. This option has been included especially for markets which experience extreme cold conditions.

Check your range remotely

The “My Z.E. Connect” pack is available as an optional extra for Kangoo Van Z.E. and allows owners to check their vehicle’s battery charge and range status remotely, using a smart phone or computer.

Owners first connect to the ‘my Z.E. Connect’ web portal through myrenault.com, or directly at www.services.renault-ze.com; after registering their vehicle.  This portal gives the customer real-time information on their battery status: level of charge, range, charging status (in progress/complete/problem), a warning indicating a flat battery and its charging history.

Active and passive safety features carried over from Kangoo

Kangoo Van Z.E. features the same active and passive safety features as the internal combustion-engined model. It is fitted latest-generation ABS and emergency brake assist.

As in the internal combustion-engined van version, the driving position has been designed to offer effective protection to all occupants. You will find a driver’s side airbag, seat belt pre-tensioners with load limiters, and an anti-submarining contour in the seat base (apart from the folding passenger seat). It can also be fitted with an optional passenger airbag and driver’s lateral airbag.

Kangoo Van Z.E. is also equipped with a number of driving aids, most of which come from the world of passenger cars. The list includes an optional cruise control, speed limiter, automatic headlight and windscreen wiper activation and rear parking sensors.

An audible system to warn pedestrians, cyclists and scooter/motorbike riders of the vehicle’s presence when it is travelling at slow speed will be available as an option.

3. ELECTRIC MOBILITY FOR ALL

Kangoo Van Z.E. is the market’s first affordable all-electric van priced from £16,990 excluding VAT.  The long wheelbase Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E. is £17,990 excluding VAT with the five-seat crew van version at £18,690 excluding VAT.

Renault has separated vehicle and battery ownership. Customers will purchase or lease their van and take out a subscription for the battery depending on their annual mileage. Monthly prices start from £60 (excluding VAT, for contracts of 36 months or longer and 6,000 miles per annum). For the duration of the contract, this price includes:

  • the supply of a battery that is always in good operating condition,
  • the guarantee of a charging capacity that is always more than 75 percent of its original capacity,
  • Comprehensive breakdown cover, including cases of flat batteries
Contract term 6,000 miles per annum 9,000 miles per annum 12,000 miles per annum 15,000 miles per annum
12 months £78 £80 £92 £105
24 months £69 £71 £83 £96
36 months £60 £62 £74 £87
48 months £60 £62 £74 £87
60 months £60 £62 £74 £87

Prices shown are the monthly hire charge, excluding VAT

Renault rewards customers who reserved their Kangoo Van Z.E. via www.renault-ze.com with a preferential hire rate reduction of £3 per month compared to the rates shown in the table above, including roadside assistance.

This innovative procedure for purchasing the vehicle is both simple and reassuring:

  • No requirement for a battery hire contract with a third party. It is a Renault offer through its subsidiary RCI Financial Services.
  • The contract guarantees the battery will work well and have a good level of charge.
  • The customer doesn’t have to bear the potential financial risk associated with a malfunctioning battery.
  • Should the vehicle be sold on, hiring the battery is a clear advantage, since it doesn’t have any impact on overall residual value.
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