Range boost for Renault Kangoo electric van

Renault UK has announced pricing and specification for the new Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 that has increased its range to 170 miles (NEDC) on a single charge. Available in four variants, the new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 will arrive in UK showrooms from November 2017, priced from £14,194.67 (after Plug-in Van Grant, excluding VAT).

Renault says that with a 170 mile (NEDC) range, the new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 offers the best range of any pure electric van. In real-world driving, Renault estimates the Kangoo fitted with the new Z.E. 33 battery has a real-world range of up to 124 miles. The Z.E. 33 battery replaces the previous battery which offered a range of 106 miles (NEDC). The new battery boasts 33kWh of useful energy, equivalent to almost double the storage capacity of its previous battery.

The New Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 is available in four variations:

  • Kangoo Van Z.E. 33
    • Available with two seats and a load capacity of up to 3.6m3
  • Kangoo Maxi Van Z.E. 33
    • Styled with two seats and up to 4.6m3 load capacity
  • Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Z.E. 33
    • Suitable for carrying a small crew of people, with five seats and a load capacity of 1.3m3
  • Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Cab Z.E. 33
    • Features an innovative multipositional bulkhead allowing a crew of up to five people or a load capacity of up to 3.6m³ whichever is required at the time, whilst staying safe

The new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 remains available to purchase with a monthly battery lease agreement or outright with no battery lease agreement.

Monthly Battery Lease Options

Annual Mileage Up to 4,500 miles Up to 6,000 miles Up to 7,500 miles Up to 9,000 miles Up to 10,500 miles
Z.E. 33 £49 £57 £65 £73 £81

The new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33’s increased range is mainly thanks to a new higher density 33kWh battery, offering a battery that is the same dimensions as the previous version, ensuring little impact on payload whilst greatly improving range. Battery performance has been optimised not by adding extra modules but instead by improving the chemistry of the battery cells themselves in order to increase energy density. Renault says this major improvement was achieved without sacrificing reliability, safety or payload.

Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 also benefits from a new, more efficient motor based on the version that powers ZOE Z.E.40. The R60 motor delivers 44kW (60hp) and is manufactured at Renault’s Cléon plant in Normandy, France – the Groupe Renault’s flagship facility for the production of high added-value engines, motors and transmissions.

Similarly to ZOE Z.E.40, the new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 receives an upgraded charger that reduces charging times and is twice as powerful as its previous one. The single phase 7kW AC charger can take the new 33kWh battery to a full charge in just six hours, with the ability to ‘top-up’ the vehicle by up to 21 miles in just one hour. This compares to eight hours for less range with the previous version.

New for the Kangoo range, the new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 is available with optional permanent ECO mode. ECO mode is already available as a driver operated selection, increasing range up to 10 per cent by modifying the throttle response and applying ECO engine maps whilst allowing drivers to access rapid acceleration when required. The mode can now be permanently activated to ensure drivers are always achieving the optimum range.

In a first for an electric LCV, the new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 is available with an optional heat pump, incorporated into the air conditioning – improving range during cold temperatures. The heat pump is able to air-condition and heat the new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 more efficiently than a traditional system, meaning you can stay comfortable without worrying about range. the new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 also retains its pre-conditioning system allowing users to heat or cool the vehicle prior to use whilst the vehicle is plugged in to mains electricity.

The new Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Z.E. 33 and Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Cab Z.E. 33 add a second row of two passenger seats and a folding passenger rear seat allowing further load space as needed. The Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Cab Z.E. 33 also adds a multipositional bulk head keeping loads in the rear secure and the driver and passengers safe.

Options for the new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 range include rear parking sensors, body coloured front bumper and the Renault R-LINK infotainment and Navigation system.

The new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 range is available to purchase in two ways. Buyers can lease the battery on a monthly basis. Battery lease payments are banded and reflect estimated annual mileage ensuring drivers only pay for what they need. Lease pricing will be confirmed closer to the on-sale date.

There are also two new apps for Renault Z.E. owners – Z.E. Trip and Z.E. Pass. Z.E. Trip  allows drivers to locate all public charging points in many European countries. Z.E. Trip will be rolled out in the UK during the second half of 2017.

The Z.E. Pass app makes charging easier at most public charging points in Europe even though they are owned by various operators. The driver can pay using the specific smartphone app or with one RFID badge. They can also locate available charging points and compare prices at different points nearby using their smartphone or tablet without having to be a registered member of each network. Developed in association with Bosch, the Z.E. Pass service will be rolled out in the UK during the second half of 2017.

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