The France-based auto manufacturing giant Renault recently revealed a new all-electric version of the third-generation Master medium-sized delivery van, giving Renault buyers interested in an all-electric delivery van a new option to go alongside the popular Kangoo ZE.
The new all-electric van, which was unveiled at the recent Brussels Motor Show, features a 33 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack, a real-world single-charge range of approximately 90–100 miles (145–160 kilometers), and a 57 kilowatt (76 horsepower) electric motor.
The European (NEDC) testing cycle range is apparently 124 miles (200 kilometers) — real-world range is, as noted above, substantially lower (as is always the case).
Green Car Reports provides a comparison with the already available Kangoo ZE: “The Kangoo ZE compact delivery van has been on sale in selected European markets since 2012, alongside the Zoe. Like the Zoe for 2017, it recently got a battery upgrade from 22 kwh, although the electric Kangoo’s pack rose only to 33 kwh against the 41 kwh fitted to the latest Zoe. That gives the new Kangoo ZE a NEDC-rated range of 270 km (167 miles) — equivalent to perhaps 120 miles in US EPA terms.”
So the new Renault Master ZE is a trade-off in range for the extra storage space.
Unfortunately, as Renault doesn’t sell its offerings in the US, those of us living here will just have to salivate for the time being. Maybe Nissan will finally get around to releasing the all-electric e-NV200 sometime soon?