Electric Renault Kangoo ZE Van Getting Big Boost To Range (To ~120 Real-World Miles)

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renault_kangoo_zeThe all-electric Renault Kangoo ZE van will be getting a substantial upgrade to its range, to be revealed at the upcoming European Motor Show in Brussels in early January, according to recent reports.

The increase will reportedly see the Renault Kangoo ZE’s single-charge range boosted to ~170 miles — up from the ~105 mile per single charge current range. To be clear, these are ranges related to the very optimistic (or fraudulent, depending on your view) European testing cycle.

Reps from Renault have reportedly stated that the Kangoo ZE with upgraded range will possess a real-world single-charge range of around ~120 miles. Still a pretty substantial improvement from what’s on offer, and probably enough to significantly boost sales.

With a real-world range of around 120 miles per charge, the Kangoo ZE will likely be very appealing to many fleet operators — owing to the greatly reduced operational and maintenance costs and the new, much more usable range.

The news follows a few months after Renault’s reveal of a new Zoe EV with a substantially improved range, which was a bit of a surprise to many industry observers and essentially made it the first long-range affordable consumer electric car.

This is also not too long after (actually a year or so after) it was announced that the postal service of Norway would be purchasing 240 new Kangoo Maxi ZEs for use in regular service. Presumably, the upcoming increase to range will lead to many such similar sales. Though, who knows, maybe Deutsche Post will end up selling its internally developed electric delivery van to other firms and Renault’s sales won’t be as good as they would have otherwise?

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