Renault Kangoo ZE 2011 European Launch

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RENAULT Kangoo Maxi Z.E

Renault Kangoo ZE 2011 Launch

Battery-powered vans do not the requirements of all businesses, but for those undertaking multidrop urban cycle work they may fit the bill. Renault is at the forefront of offering a mass produced electric van in the shape of the Kangoo and it’s available as a Van, Maxi Van and five-seater Maxi

Powertrain


Apart from no tailpipe and an additional hinged above the front bumper conceals the charging socket, Z.E. is identical in appearance to its counterpart. It’s powered by a (equivalent to 60hp) electric which delivers maximum of 226Nm from virtually revs. The high energy-efficiency of the means that 90 per cent is to the road via a constantly variable transmission, significantly more with a conventional internal engine; which is 25 per cent in the of a petrol engine.

Efficiency is optimised by the motor not drawing any while the vehicle is stationary at lights, for example, and the fitment of low resistance tyres.

Energy for the motor is supplied by a lithium-ion battery pack, under the load floor. from empty takes six and eight hours using a 3kW wall box, rising to 12 with a standard 2kW domestic and there’s an added bonus. Z.E. has a Pre-Start function can be set to bring the cab up or down to a pre-set so it’s ready to roll thing in the morning.

Combined range is quoted as 106 miles, but can be extended by up to 10 per cent by engaging Eco which reduces the power and available as well as reducing the 81mph top speed. Activated via a button it’s disengaged by pushing the button again or the throttle is floored. There’s a battery regeneration system recovers kinetic energy deceleration when the driver off the throttle.

Because this in a pronounced amount of ‘engine the brake lights are activated.

Load Area

Because the pack is located under the Kangoo Z.E. retains the volume of the diesel-powered equivalents; 3 for the standard wheelbase Van and 4.6m 3 for the Van. With the asymmetrically rear bench seat in the Combi provides 2.4m 3. but it down into the floor and rises to 3.6m 3. Gross is quoted as 650kg across the

Cab Comfort

The cab remains relatively — including the silly L-shaped lever between the seats takes up far too much space and in the way — but the instrumentation has been ‘electrified’. side of the central speedometer are two additional gauges; level of charge to the left and a real-time to the right, graduated from blue, through dark and then red; self-explanatory

A trip computer is included in the package and has also been to meet the demands of driving an vehicle. The driver can call up to a recharge, the battery’s remaining in kWh as well as the instantaneous and average consumption.

Dash-mounted, the gearstick is simplicity in operation with four positions; Park, Reverse, and Drive. Plenty of storage is provided including an A4-size in the dash, overhead stowage and a 1.5-litre non-lockable glovebox.

has not skimped on the options list. It cruise control, a speed automatic headlight and windscreen activation and rear parking

On the Road

Turn the key and the instruments up like a ’70s Disco. they have settled engage drive, press the and the Kangoo Z.E. moves off in silence. And it’s no slouch off the either.

Thanks to all the torque available from a standstill no need to be heavy-footed with the pedal.

Lift off the throttle for the time and the engine braking courtesy of the regeneration system evident immediately. It very becomes obvious that if correctly the Kangoo’s brake becomes almost redundant. The effect is that an optimum of energy is being fed back the battery pack, maximising

RENAULT Kangoo Maxi Z.E

Switching to Eco Mode works well indeed. There are ample levels of torque on tap so why not it the default setting? This make much more in terms of maximising range and require any input from the

There could then be a (or whatever) Mode instead, the powertrain to the full torque

Ride and handling are on a par with models. If anything we would say are slightly better thanks to the pack lowering the centre of

It takes no time at all to become to driving an electric Kangoo and it comes into its own in congested streets. Driving becomes relaxing and peaceful.

Finance

One of the main stumbling blocks of vehicles is the very high cost of buying one. In the bulk of fuel costs are for up-front thanks to the expensive pack. Cleverly, Renault has this out of the equation so that (excl VAT) for a Kangoo start at £16,990.

The battery pack is leased at, for example, £60/month on a three-year and racking up 6,000 miles a Increase the mileage to 15,000 and the charge rises to £87 a month. It comprehensive breakdown cover, as as a tow to the nearest charging point 50 miles) if the batteries become

All Z.E.s come with standard LCV three-year/100,000 mile warranty, with the electric covered for five years or miles. In addition Renault is a ‘programmed maintenance’ service allowing customers to choose the formula (years/mileage) to suit usage, in line with the of the battery lease contract. recently announced the roll-out of the raft of dedicated Expert dealerships (see News ).

Kangoo Z.E. is a pleasure to especially in its natural urban has very low running costs and a more than acceptable Separating the cost of the vehicle the battery pack is a smart by Renault and we can see just one reason if the range fits with a duty cycle, it should not be seriously; residual value. still a question mark over that one and only will tell.

We drove one of the first Kangoo to arrive in the UK on the 2011 RAC Future Car

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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