discovery of the most “trendy” Kangoo

Renault took its time to market the 100% electric version of its new van because it took a year. This delay is largely explained by production problems related to the lack of electronic components. Kangoo E-Tech is here. Coincidentally, Renault’s electric van has abandoned the ZE name of the previous model to match the names between the brand’s cars and equipment. Externally, the new electric version is distinguished only by a few details: the absence of an exhaust pipe and a slightly different front end; the grille has fewer openings because the engine cooling requirements are lower and the large articulated logo hides the charging socket (the opening is controlled from a button located to the left of the steering wheel). These careful changes do not question the very successful overall appearance of the new Kangoo.

More powerful battery

The new batteries, with a total power of 45 kWh, allow more kilometers to be covered than the very limited old Kangoo ZE. So they allow a range of 290 km according to the WLTP standard; in “real life” it makes it possible to travel more than 200 kilometers on a single charge. This makes the use of the Kangoo E-Tech compatible with many missions. At Renault, this increase in autonomy gives confidence in the commercial success of this model. According to Thibaut Macé, LCV range manager France, “We are seeing a sharp increase in demand for electric LCVs. Renault is a pioneer in this area with the Kangoo ZE and we generate 4.3% of our LCV sales from electric vehicles. In emerging regulations in Europe and the implementation of the imminent ZFE, the electricity market should take a big step forward in 2023”.

Renault Kangoo Van E-Tech electric © Renault @Greg

The batteries are usually located under the floor, allowing the same amount of charge as the internal combustion versions of the Kangoo to offer. The available volume is 3.3 m3 in the standard version with partition and 3.9 m3 by choosing the now popular modular partition system without the center pillar on the right side and with the “Open Sesame” folding passenger seat. The extended version of the Kangoo is also available in an E-Tech version but should not go on sale until the end of this year. “Our Kangoo E-Tech offer will be completed in a few weeks with L2 versions also available in thermal version”, explains Thibaut Macé. This extended version should logically allow Renault to win new customers. The payload of the E-Tech version is equal to that of the thermal models (600 kilograms in the standard Kangoo L1 and 800 kilograms in the extended version L2). Towing capacity has also been maintained and is limited to 1,500 kilograms.

Renault Kangoo Van E-Tech electric
Renault Kangoo Van E-Tech electric © Renault @Greg

Another point where the new Kangoo E-Tech forgets the previous model: its charging capacity. The new Renault electric van has an 11 kW three-phase charger as standard and can, as an option, have a higher power charger (22 kW AC and above all 80 kW DC). The 80 kW charger can recover 170 km of autonomy (more than half of the maximum autonomy) in just 30 minutes. With an 11 kW Wallbox, count 3h50 to go from a battery at 15% to 100% and about 6 hours with a 7.4 kW Wallbox. To maintain a little more autonomy, the Kangoo E-Tech equipped with a 22 kW charger can be equipped with a heat pump that allows the vehicle to be air-conditioned without draining the battery too much.

Good driving pleasure

Kangoo E-Tech retains what makes the model attractive. Starting with an attractive interior with pleasant finishes. The interior of the Kangoo E-Tech is, apart from the dashboard, the same as the other versions of the Kangoo. This allows the occupants a comfortable and pleasant living environment every day with, in particular, a lot of space and storage tips. If, when driving, the Kangoo E-Tech proved to be somewhat more stable than the thermal versions (the fault of the reinforced suspension due to the high weight of the batteries), the comfort remains at an excellent level. Course holding is very good and operating silence is very high. It’s just a shame that the mesh partition of the “Open Sesame” versions makes a lot of noise and doesn’t prevent noise from coming out of the loading space, especially when empty. The ride is smooth and pleasant. The engine, with a power of 122 hp, easily takes the van and the high torque allows good acceleration both empty and full. The energy recovery system (with three levels of power) proves effective when its subtleties are assimilated. The Kangoo E-Tech is available in a Grand Confort finish, from €33,600 excluding tax, and in an Extra finish, from €34,600 excluding tax.

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