October 23, 2018
The Renault Kangoo Z.E. has been the best-selling small electric van in Europe since its launch in October 2011, today at Vansdirect we got hands-on with one, exploring the features that make it so popular!
Renault vans are on their second generation of the Renault Kangoo electric van and whilst range has always been a concern for electric van buyers, the electric Kangoo has a NEDC range of 170 miles, suggesting that even before setting foot in the van it has gone a massive way to alleviate a number of fears and assumptions regarding electric vans. Increased range has been made possible with a new 33kWh battery and an upgraded energy density system, meaning optimised battery performance without the requirements for additional modules.
So the range has been increased, which is all well and good, but what you really want to know is what it’s like to drive! We got behind the wheel of the Kangoo Z.E. and we were very impressed by our findings, we felt the Kangoo Z.E. was the perfect van for city driving. It’s hard to notice the 44kW electric motor coming to life when you turn the key, we simply slid the automatic gearbox into drive mode, let go of the handbrake and off we went. Off the lights we felt the van accelerate faster than most, whilst the van is effortless to drive in and around town, with responsive steering making it easy to navigate around the sharpest of bends at ease, whilst potholes and bumps with absorbed with the cushioned ride. Overall we found the Kangoo Z.E. an enjoyable driving experience, whilst the lack of any noise in the cabin took the stress out of the commute.
The Kangoo Z.E. has a comfortable cabin, whilst the materials feel well put together and modern. The only downside is the lack of air conditioning as standard, however this is available as an option should you wish. The cabin is also incredibly spacious for a small van with seating for two separated by a central storage tray.
The load area of the Renault Kangoo Z.E. is the same as the diesel model, offering 3.0 cubic metres of load volume. The van we got to put through its paces was the standard ML short wheelbase model, the Kangoo electric van is also available as a LL long wheelbase model offering class leading load capacity in the small electric van segment of 4.6 cubic metres. The Kangoo Z.E. is also available as a maxi crew van model and hence is incredibly versatile.
Unfortunately the van wasn’t with us for long enough to time exactly how long it takes to charge, however Renault vans tell us that charging of the Renault Kangoo Z.E. is now faster and easier than its predecessor, with a new charger twice as powerful as the one it replaced. A full charge is possible in six hours when attached to a 32A socket, it can also be topped up with 22 miles of range in as little as one hour.
At the UK’s number 1 independent retailer of brand new vans, Vansdirect, we have all makes and models of brand new vans available including electric vans! We also have a range of cheap van finance options to suit your requirements including van leasing, contract hire and hire purchase. Looking for a new van? Your search is over! Give Vansdirect a call on 0800 169 69 95 or simply fill in a contact form and we’ll get back to you asap, we also offer cars!