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RENAULT Kangoo Maxi Z.E

PRODUCT EYE: Renault Maxi Z.E.

The old-shape shows just how long and this ‘small’ van really is

Van Man might well be in danger of his innate haste and stress, he get behind the wheel of the new EV version of ‘s Kangoo van.

to what most people of these guys who sit close to in the often sadly inaccurately overtaking lane, I admire They do a highly-stressful job, for the minimum wage, sitting in won’t be a good position as they invariably are on a designed-to-cost for long hours. No wonder so often resort to flashing lights at those delightful who squat in the fast lane at a 60mph for mile after

I was thinking about what like to drive a delivery van for a recently whilst at the wheel of the new Maxi Z.E. the vehicle makes writers wonder if a comma where one is needed its model name makes look odd.

Driving the Z.E. is a strange too, but in a good way. The is just amazing and the slight I heard is apparently the electric not, as is the case with a Leaf, an artificial noise to warn the blind of its approach.

The I tried was the long wheelbase derivative and it was empty so piled up cargo (or fully peopled there is a passenger version) it well be quieter still. deceptively big too — parked that old-shape Cayenne you see it was just about the same

Since the Kangoo Z.E. on sale only a few weeks Renault has had some luck, the government here in the UK having a subsidy that was created for cars, to vans. That now that the Kangoo Van Z.E.’s £21,038 on-the-road price to £16,960.40. The price of the passenger incidentally, falls to £18,592.40 £23,078, while the incentive until 2015.

The Plug-In Car can be as much as £5,000 (it’s 25 of the purchase price), while for a discount of up to £8,000 applies. As as the price of the vehicle, Renault a £60 monthly fee for the Kangoo’s pack (if you need to know things, it comes from an LG factory in South Korea) and is for a three-year lease during the operator must travel than 6,000 miles per Contract hire is available £424 per month over years, and there is a five-year guarantee, three years’ assistance and a three year/100,000 warranty.

The UK dealer network for Renault’s EVs is now 20 which will be expanded in the year in time for the launch of the which will effectively be an EV of the next Clio five-door.

The (I blogged about it here ), due to UK dealers in April, will do without the Z.E. suffix, but as the Fluence is a ‘Zero Emissions’ of an existing model, it, like the gets the Z.E. added to its name. Renault’s plug-in will hit the retail network in giving sales staff a a quadricycle and a four-door car, to be by the Zoe — its global debut be at the Geneva show next

So how about the cost of running the Z.E. Renault reckons the van has a range of up to 106 miles on the New European Cycle (there is a disclaimer this can vary between 50 and 125 depending on several criteria) and between £2.50 and £3 for a charge, according to tariff and with overnight charging ‘up to half the cost’. Gas, which has been in as part of Renault UK’s EV will also be launching energy tariffs for EV owners.

Of a brief cruise in the countryside Bristol on a bright winter’s day is a realistic test but I found warming to the Kangoo. Even of a load the ride wasn’t at all the handling pretty good for an LCV and the a similarly pleasant surprise even on the standard low rolling tyres. The view out is impressive too to a huge windscreen and similarly windows in the front doors.

RENAULT Kangoo Maxi Z.E

As for performance, the power output is as 60hp (DIN), while is 226Nm. Zero to 62mph a leisurely 22.4 seconds but for a that’s not too bad and the maximum speed of is also acceptable. I don’t to think what bombing the fast lane of a motorway to range, though.

I did find wondering if the smooth ride had a lot to do the 192 lithium-ion cells arranged under the loadbay’s floor: are claimed to weigh a combined The payload for the version I drove is and kerb weight is less I had expected: 1,472kg. This to 2.1 tonnes fully loaded.

thinks it can sell 5,000 in Britain this year, of Z.E. sales will be in the — possibly as many as 500 if the of 10 percent rings true that’s the share that Ghosn says he believes EV will make up annually Renault’s entire vehicle There is also a one-off factor with the Kangoo — a few months back, revealed an order bank of of which two thirds will go to La Poste mail delivery

As the company’s PR people logically out on the vehicle launch event, fleets’ vans are mostly in compounds overnight, so recharging makes sense. That well be the range issue with — a big factor in any over whether or not to buy one of these

Several London-based FTSE 100 that presently spend a on taxis to and from places Heathrow airport are being by Renault too. It isn’t the potential money-saving that’s promoted, either. All blue-chip now obsess about their eco — using only zero emissions vehicles to staff can not only look in the annual report but there is a large available budget at companies for ‘green’ activities.


To sum up, the government grant has come at the right moment for Renault UK, and the Plug-in cars might be their time to catch on but in the of the Maxi Z.E. I am starting to that the numbers add up, and that the sales tally might be doing the same.

Author: Brooks

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