Renault Kangoo Z E review (2011 onwards) MSN Cars UK

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Renault Kangoo Z.E. (2011 onwards)

What: Kangoo Z.E. Maxi

Where: Lisbon, Portugal

October 2011

Price: — £23,078 (including VAT and OTR

Available: November


Key rivals: Transit Connect Azure Fiat Doblo Micro-Vett, Berlingo Venturi (all conversions)

Summary: The first electric vehicle to hit the UK will be the Z.E. van, arriving on shores in November — but it also prove the people of the future?

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If the Renault Z.E. electric car left us a underwhelmed, the Renault Kangoo electric van is the perfect antidote. is an electric vehicle (EV) makes so much sense the combustion equivalents start to like the fossils that them.

Available in standard form, a larger Maxi and the version tested here, the five-door Maxi Crew the Kangoo Z.E. combines torque with zero in motion to deliver ultra short-range practicality.

But this is MSN you might be wondering why we’re over a van. It’s not to notice the Maxi Crew is extensive amount of windows meaning that the Kangoo could quite easily as a no-nonsense people carrier.

With a spacious passenger and vast, utilitarian load is this mere semantics from being an MPV for the EV age? it be the future of the school run? be too dismissive.

Performance

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The Z.E. is powered by a 60hp of the electric motor that the Fluence Z.E. It delivers the instant 166lb ft of torque, it a very immediate initial response, but the reduced power significantly less efficient lessens the pep at higher speeds.

All cars — and many conventional ones — use energy regeneration to improve Electric motors are particularly for this, though, since momentum causes them to they effectively turn a generator, feeding energy into the battery.

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process causes drag, and in the Z.E. this is used to the in order to help the vehicle down — lifting foot off the accelerator is like on the brakes. In fact, it’s a powerful force it will bring a lightly loaded to a total halt even if it is downhill.

And with the electric motor through a reducer to provide a single gear, smooth is much in the nature of this the motor whine seems pronounced here than in the too, but perhaps that’s due to the wind noise caused by the bluff shape.

Ride and

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One of our main criticisms of the Z.E. is the way it feels to drive with a large battery standing upright behind the seats it always was going to a little unusual. With the Z.E. however, Renault has the battery pack below the

This gives the Kangoo a low centre of gravity — a change, rather than an one. It feels much natural from behind the wheel, and with no unusual transfer as you progress through a it gives you a much greater of control.

The ride is well able to bumpy tarmac — we were travelling only there was some luggage and a tree holder in the load — and while it does a little through the corners is far from excessive, and with the acting as a massive counterweight is plenty of grip.

With easy to judge steering, visibility thanks to all that and the box-like shape, not too mention the refinement of an electric drivetrain it seems like a commercial at all. That people idea really isn’t far fetched.

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Even the compartment seems well up to the The plastics aren’t exactly but since the Kangoo has been for a heavy working life about the cabin certainly solid, and there are plenty of to store stuff.

Legroom is in the rear seats, too, are accessed via useful sliding But you will have to pay extra for the luxuries we take for granted on every car now — including air (£738) and even a front airbag (£222).

There’s no bulkhead behind the seats, so you can easily fold flat to expand the load from the merely huge litres) to the truly massive litres) — the batteries absolutely no damage to the usual Maxi carrying volume.

there’s also no headlining in the — which again the Kangoo’s commercial vehicle A small price to pay, we but also an easy fix if Renault was to go down the MPV route with machine.

Economy and safety

Safety considerations are more Stability control isn’t an option and there’s just the one airbag. But the electric drive will automatically shut in the event of an accident, and full for safe handling is being to rescue crews.

The Kangoo has an official range of 106 miles, on the same European testing as regular vehicles — driving style, conditions and all make a big difference to EV range, the goes that this be more than enough to an urban delivery round.

Vans used in this way return to a depot every where it would theoretically be to install the charging systems to power them. A charge 6-8 hours using a dedicated — and while the installation will vary, the per mile costs should significantly over petrol or diesel.

buyers or smaller businesses have a home charging fitted or rely on the public infrastructure that is slowly momentum. Charging via a regular socket of suitable robustness is possible — but will closer to 12 hours and the cable for costs an extra £414.

The MSN verdict

The Renault Kangoo makes a lot of sense. With vans typically restricted to low mileages, the torquey electric and sheer driveability of these means you almost need an to not buy one over a petrol or diesel

One such excuse may well be the of course. The Kangoo Z.E. at £21,038 on the road (including an ordinary Kangoo costs a little over £10,000 VAT), while the fully Maxi Crew version we tops the range at £23,078. commercial vehicles don’t qualify for the £5,000 electric car

And in keeping with Renault’s strategy, the purchase price not include the battery — is subject to a separate leasing This costs between £60 and (plus VAT), depending on and mileage.

Still, no available even comes close to the price — so if you want an van the Kangoo is the presently the only way to go. looking for a true electric carrier may have a little longer to wait, but the promise is there.

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