Renault UK has announced pricing and specification for the new version of the Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. 33. Renault’s refreshed electric van now has a range of 170 miles (NEDC) on a single charge. That means the new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 has 50% more range than earlier versions. Renault’s press release continues that with a 170 mile (NEDC) range, the new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 offers the best range of any purely electric van, and it comes in four variants.
In actual 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 increased range is due to the new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33’s higher density 33kWh battery. The battery is the same dimensions as the previous version, ensuring no negative impact on payload whilst greatly improving range. According to Renault, “battery performance has been optimized not by adding extra modules but instead by improving the chemistry of the battery cells themselves in order to increase energy density.”
Renault points out that the upgrade does not sacrifice 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, featuring an optimized electronic battery management system. 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.” Here are more details from Renault:
- The Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 will be in UK showrooms from November 2017, priced from £14,194.67 (after Plug-in Van Grant, excluding VAT). Ordering is already available.
- The New Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 is available in four variations:
1) Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 — Available with two seats and a load capacity of up to 3.6m3
2) Kangoo Maxi Van Z.E. 33 — Styled with two seats and up to 4.6m3 load capacity
3) Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Z.E. 33 — Suitable for carrying a small crew of people, with 5 seats and a load capacity of 1.3m3
4) Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Cab Z.E. 33 — Features an innovative multi-positional 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 can be purchased with a monthly battery lease agreement or more conventionally with no battery lease agreement.
Renault is Europe’s leading manufacturer of all-electric LCVs, with the Kangoo Z.E. being the best-selling electric van in Europe for 6 years. Gas2 originally called the all-electric Kangoo Z.E. the Jewel in Renault’s line.
Advantages to owning a New Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 include:
- Congestion Charge-exempt
- Eligible for upcoming Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ)
- Eligible for the Government Plug-in Van Grant
- 100% write down allowance
- Zero Benefit in Kind liability
- Z.E. Trip and Z.E. Pass – two new apps for Renault Z.E. owners
“The New Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 range is available to purchase in two ways to better suit customers. Buyers can lease the battery on a monthly basis,” Renault adds. “Battery lease payments are banded and reflect estimated annual mileage ensuring drivers only pay for what they need. Pricing lease will be confirmed closer to the on-sale date.”
Finding charging locations is easy as well because “Z.E. Trip” includes them right there in the car with you. “The app can be accessed directly via the Renault R-LINK navigation system using the steering wheel-mounted controls or via the internet to prepare trips in advance. Z.E. Trip indicates the real-time availability of each charging point, as well as its type and whether it is compatible with the van. The driver can select a charging point based on its charging capacity so the speeds suit their requirements. Z.E. Trip will be rolled out in the UK during the second half of 2017.” That sounds pretty convenient and a step from the system in most electric vehicles, but it gets better.
“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.”