Renault Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric pleasantly surprised by the power reserve – DRIVE

The battery modification has its own, more closed, radiator grill, and the charging port is hidden behind the emblem. The battery fit under the floor and did not affect the volume of the cargo compartment (3.9 m³ now and 4.9 m³ after the launch of the extended variation). Carrying capacity – 600 kg (800 for the long version).

Electric cars in the field of commuting appear almost more often than among ordinary passenger models. With the development of charging networks (especially in Europe), car fleets are interested in saving on fuel and the opportunity to operate in the “green” areas of cities. The newest contender for popularity among such customers, the Renault Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric, debuted today. Car in cargo modification based Kangoo the third generation pleased with the power reserve on the charge, which turned out to be higher than the previously announced by the company.

The electric Kangoo has all the advantages of a conventional one – such as a 1.45 m side opening, an Easy Inside Rack load securing system, three front seats (the middle section turns into a table) or the Renault Easy Link multimedia system with an eight-inch display.

Kangoo received a battery with a usable capacity of 45 kW • h, which provided a mileage of up to 300 km on a modern cycle WLTP… Before the premiere, a more modest 265 km was announced. Predecessor, “heel” Kangoo ZE, when launched in 2010, it had a battery with a capacity of 22 kW • h and ran 170 km on a gentle NEDC cycle. At the end of 2016, that model was modernized, received a 33 kWh battery and increased the cruising range to 270 km (also NEDC).

Of the modern competitors of Kangoo, you need to remember the van Citroen e-Berlingo with all his clones… The brothers have a 50 kWh battery (45 is the used part), giving 252-274 km according to the WLTP standard, depending on the configuration. However, the e-Berlingo has a slight advantage over the Kangoo in the electric motor output. Citroen and the twins have a power output of 100 kW (136 hp) and a maximum torque of 260 N • m, while the new Renault has 90 kW (122 hp) and 245 N • m.

Standard equipment – onboard three-phase charger Chameleon 11 kW, options – Chameleon 22 kW and DC port 80 kW. The latter adds 170 km in 30 minutes. AC power at 11 kW charges the battery from 15% to 100% in 3.5 hours.

The Kangoo driver will be able to choose between normal and economy driving modes (the latter reduces power), as well as between three levels of energy recovery (and deceleration) when the accelerator pedal is released: Sailing – weak recovery, suitable for highways, Drive – medium level, Brake – strong , comfortable in traffic jams and on long descents. A heat pump is provided to save energy during the cold season. There is adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function. Digital tidy ten inches, heated windshield, steering wheel and front seats are options. The public will be able to see the car on November 16 at the Solutrans automobile exhibition in Lyon. Sales of the Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric van in Europe will start in the spring of 2022.


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