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RENAULT Kangoo Van Z.E. – 22 kWh Li-ion

Renault Kangoo Zero Europe s Most Promising Vehicle?

By Laurent J. Masson February 01, 2011

There is that amazes Europeans they visit the U.S. the sheer number of pick-up everywhere.

They are rare on side of the Atlantic. I don’t see one What we have instead are utility wagons (CUW). To my the only CUW available in the U.S. is the Transit Connect. It has the same as a Focus; it’s just a bit and a bit taller with a boxy

Ford advertises it as a van in America, it is not. On the contrary, it’s because CUWs are not vans they are so successful in Europe. are built on a car platform, and so they a car-like driving position, characteristics, and most important economy.

We have many models to from, with the Renault being the most successful. are many versions available, a well-equipped family model, to the vanilla paneled one, in non-metallic paint. But what to us is that there will be an version available later year.

We’ve been for it for about 10 years. Really, I I first saw an electric Kangoo in It was not in production the first time I saw it, it was, but you couldn’t buy one.

A bit later, production was stopped, no clear explanation given. was around 2004 or 2005. things have changed, and (with its partner Nissan) now to be the world’s leader in electric

The Kangoo will be a major in achieving that goal, to the eyes of many (including it’s the model that has the potential which is the easiest to

I mean, how many individuals are to buy an electric car? Nobody for sure. I know there are of people waiting for a Nissan but there is some kind of a effect. It’s incredibly to forecast how many electric will sell two years now. Of course, I believe in cars.

I believe they will be but if you ask me the source of my beliefs, I don’t any hard data to give

So let’s look at a different How many business users commercial fleets with a daily driving-distance that’s than 80-miles, fixed hours and where vehicles are always at the same place? would be prime customers for vehicles. There are thousands of in every country.

I can count and I can prove itas can any car manufacturer, and I Ford did. An electric of the Transit Connect will be soon.

RENAULT Kangoo Van Z.E. – 22 kWh Li-ion

The electric Kangoo is available to right now in France, with expecting to start this The motor makes 44 kW with of torque and the battery is a 22 kWh pack. is the weak point in my opinion, and I to a Renault press officer it. He said that they’ve some marketing research and it will be enough to fulfill expectations. (They didn’t ask

The official range is 160 km (100 Payload is 1,430 pounds, and we note that the cargo is identical to the diesel version, all batteries under the floor. are the same cells used by the LEAF.

You Can’t Buy the Battery

The Kangoo starts at 22,940 ($31,676). A 5,000-euro French incentive for electrics ($6,904) make it more affordable, but price doesn’t buy you a carpet. a rubber mat on the floor. Pricing for the family version hasn’t announced yet.

There isn’t a radio so you won’t waste energy to music.

More worrying, the above does not include the And you can’t buy it; it’s only as a rent that will you 86.11 euros monthly per year). I’ll say it clearly: I like this formula of incomplete cars, that you have to pay for foreverafter you’ve bought them.

Renault be the only car manufacturer selling its without their batteries. But I it won’t matter much to owners, who lease all their and I’m sure the electric will be hugely popular fleets. Maybe more than the LEAF among customers.

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