The All-Electric Renault Master E-Tech Panel Van: The Complete Guide For The UK

Renault Master E-Tech
Price: £53,080
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Panel Van
Battery size: 52 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 126 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Groupe Renault (Renault Group), is a leading player in the global automotive sector. Renault is now part of the global Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. The partnership makes these companies the 3rd largest automotive group in the world after Volkswagen and Toyota. Renault is headquartered in France.

Renault offers both, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) for passenger cars and commercial electric vehicles. These include:



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All-Electric Renault Master E-Tech Panel Van 


The Renault Master large van has been manufacturer since 1980. The panel van is now in its third-generation. It was previously known as the Master Z.E. In its latest update, the electric van changed it name to Master E-Tech. The upgraded electric van has much more to offer compared to the predecessor.

The pure electric Master E-Tech panel van is available only in one EV battery size: 52 kWh. The e-van has a claimed emission-free electric range up to 126 miles (WLTP) on a fully charged battery. Of course, the real-world electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: payload, driving profile, weather conditions, temperature, onboard services used etc. Expect a real-world e-range closer to 100 miles. Decent electric range for city use, but certainly not class leading.

It is also worth noting that the range is further impacted by the increased weight of the electric van due to the onboard EV battery. The gross vehicle weight of the EV is 3,500 kgs. The manufacturer offers DC charging up to 22 kW DC. Charging the electric van at 22 kW DC, the EV battery can achieve 80% charge in 90 minutes. It is indeed good to note that the electric van offers DC charging capability, however, 22 kW DC is rather disappointing.

Renault has incorporated a single-phase (7.4 kW) onboard AC charger with the EV. The electric van can be 80% charged in 5 hours using a dedicated 3-phase EV charger. Again, disappointing that the e-van does not incorporate three-phase AC charging capability.

In any case, we at e-zoomed encourage a ‘topping up’ approach to charging an electric vehicle. This is beneficial for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery and of course, EV charging times are shorter. Renault offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty. We also recommend charging overnight, when electricity tariff prices are lower.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive (FWD) Renault Master E-Tech electric van delivers a maximum power up to 76 hp and 225 Nm torque. The top speed is 50 mph. The Renault electric van also incorporates regenerative braking to improve the efficiency of the EV and increase the electric range. The e-van has three modes for regenerative braking.

The electric van is available in two versions (medium wheelbase and long wheelbase), and offers cargo volume up to 13 m3. The payload of the electric commercial van is up to 1381 kg. The e-van does not offer towing capability. The EV offers 2 seats. The e-van offers 11 driving assistance systems, to include: rear view assist camera, front and rear park assist, electronic stability programme, blind spot warning, side wind assist, automatic emergency braking system and more.

The Master E-Tech electric is eligible for the UK government plug-in van grant for the ‘large vans’ category. These vehicles are between 2,500 kg and 4,250 kg gross vehicle weight, have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 96km (60 miles) zero-emissions. The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £5,000.

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PROS CONS
Decent cargo volume Limited electric range
Good practicality DC charging limited to 22 kW
Eligible for PiVG Onboard charger 7.4 kW AC (single-phase)

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The All-Electric Renault Master E-Tech Panel Van (credit: Renault)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Panel Van
Plug-In Van Grant (PiVG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
Advance Panel Van MWB (from £53,080)
Advance Panel Van LWB (from £54,040)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 52 kWh
Charging:22 kW DC rapid charging (20%-80%: 90 mins). Onboard charger 7.4 kW AC (20%-80%: 5 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):2499
Width (mm):2470
Length (mm):5557 – 6225
Wheelbase (mm):3682 – 4332
Turning Circle (m):13.6 – 15.7
Cargo Volume (m3):10.8 – 13.0
Payload (kg):1381

Master E-Tech
EV Battery Capacity:52 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):126 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/mile):152
Charging: 22 kW DC rapid charging (20%-80%: 90 mins). Onboard charger 7.4 kW AC (20%-80%: 5 hrs)
Top Speed:50 mph
0-62 mph:N/A
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Max Power (hp):76
Torque (Nm): 225
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:2
Towing Capacity (kg)/ Braked/Unbraked:0
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):3,500
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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