First Drive Renault Kangoo Z E Car Reviews by Car Enthusiast

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RENAULT Kangoo Maxi Z.E


First Drive | London, | Renault Kangoo Z.E. |

has made no secret of its keenness to the way with electric vehicles and in conjunction with its partner, the French firm intends to be the supplier of EVs by 2020. The Kangoo van is light commercial offering along with the forthcoming Fluence. the Twizy and the Zoe, is set to eco- and cost-conscious buyers by the of the neck when they hit the in 2011 and 2012.

In the Metal

from the obvious powertrain Renault has kept the differences to a in an effort to ease drivers in to vehicle ownership. Save for the on the bodywork and the electric charging cap on the there’s nothing to mark the Z.E. out as unusual.

It’s the same deal The battery is mounted beneath the so loading space remains The only difference as far as the driver is is with the dials, which an ‘econo’-meter that indicates how work the battery is having to do and a ‘fuel’ gauge on the left, displays how much charge the has left.

The trip computer displays battery life and consumption.

What you get for your

Renault knows that the way to flog such vehicles is to them competitively with rivals — and it’s that it will do so for the most The downside to the Kangoo Z.E. is the Government isn’t dishing out grants to commercial vehicles, so, the Fluence and others, it will be than a petrol or diesel

Batteries will be covered by a scheme, which is expected to the buyer around Ј70-80 per This also covers and replacement in the event of a failure.


There’s no change at all for the Kangoo in of ride and handling, but silent power takes a little used to. It’s started a conventional ignition key set-up and a automatic shifter engages or reverse. Don’t expect any at idle though, and there’s more than a muted, whine under acceleration.

As is always the case with an motor, peak torque in this case) is available so the Kangoo Z.E. is actually a bit quicker off the mark than its combustion equivalents. The motor to 10,500rpm and packs 44kW about 60bhp — and actually quite keen at low Our brief London-based test long or fast enough to see how the van on a mixed route, though.

The striking thing about the experience is the massive amount of — or motor — Lift off the accelerator pedal at speeds and the Kangoo comes to an instant halt. Again, not sure what it’s on the motorway, but in urban areas, the for braking is almost redundant.

RENAULT Kangoo Maxi Z.E

Worth Noting

A quick-drop change scheme is under so it will be possible to swap one for another at designated service in around three minutes. that infrastructure has proved too for most European countries including the UK — to integrate. there’s nothing to stop from using this if they happen to be driving in select few countries, as unlikely as may be.

Renault is also keen to that the batteries should be worry-free things, as there’s or no need for replacement moving such as belts, spark and the like. It also promises not to about internal combustion and assures us that there’s of development going on in that too.


With a range of 100 the technology isn’t the answer to our worries in its current state, but a good start. Renault’s to shelter the consumer from too change and keep prices as low as are to be commended. The fact that the Z.E. is quicker than a model and has just the same of space inside makes for an all-round package.

We’re not there yet, but if the technology is for greater range and other follow suit then cars will prove more attractive a purchase.

Jack Carfrae — 17 Sep

RENAULT Kangoo Maxi Z.E
RENAULT Kangoo Maxi Z.E
RENAULT Kangoo Maxi Z.E
RENAULT Kangoo Maxi Z.E
RENAULT Kangoo Maxi Z.E
RENAULT Kangoo Maxi Z.E
RENAULT Kangoo Maxi Z.E

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