The Renault KANGOO Z.E. 33 All Electric Van

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It Is Not Only All-Electric Cars That Are Taking Over U.K. Roads, But Also All-Electric Commercial Vehicles. Hip Hip Hooray! 

There are two things in life I cannot resist.  Glorious sunshine and electric vehicles.  It does not matter where I am, if I spot an EV, I find myself sucked towards it with the gravitation force of a black hole!  I have been spotting commercial EVs in London for many years, but over the past 24 months, I seem to see numerous more, in all shapes, sizes and types.  

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Just this week I spotted a zero-emission delivery vehicle (Paxter).  Cute beyond belief.  I ambushed the driver of the delivery EV.  Before he could say hello, I had already made myself comfortable in the single seater EV.  I then went on to bombard him with a million questions on his experience of driving an EV.  I get the distinct feeling, he may not be in a hurry to return to my neighbourhood in the immediate term, but one thing for certain, he beamed in delight when he described his experience of driving the EV.  To an extent, he even wore it as a ‘badge of honour’.  And he certainly should. Well done! 

But you cannot blame me for my unbridled enthusiasm for zero-emission vehicles.  After all, if the U.K. has to achieve its net zero-emissions target by 2050, it will need to push rapidly to replace all the polluting diesel and petrol commercial vehicles (light and heavy good vehicles) on U.K. roads with battery electric vehicles (BEVs).  

In fact, if you read the U.K. governments bold ‘Road to Zero’ strategy report, it is clear, that the ‘higher powers’ have understood the magnitude of the harmful impact of internal combustion engine (ICE) commercial vehicles.  The likes of the UPS delivery trucks are already all-electric, and yes, I have bombarded those drivers with a million questions too!  

In fact, there is a perverse irony, as ‘van loads’ of polluting ICE delivery vehicles commence delivering Christmas presents to eager shoppers.  Many of these beautiful heartfelt gifts will be given to loved ones, in particular, children, who are the most vulnerable to  air pollution.   Maybe companies should offer a ‘zero-emission’ delivery option for buyers who truly care for their loved ones!  

It is not just all-electric cars that have seen a marked improvement in performance and range, but also  all-electric commercial vans.  A good example is the all-electric Renault KANGOO Z.E. 33 van that has a significantly improved zero-emission range. 

All-Electric Renault KANGOO Z.E. 33 Van:  A Snapshot 

All-Electric Renault KANGOO Z.E. 33 Van
All-Electric Renault KANGOO Z.E. 33 Van (credit: Renault)

  • Renault S.A., the French automotive manufacturer released the KANGOO Z.E. end 2011. Renault was quick to leverage its early success in its home market i.e. France and surpassed 10,000 units by end 2013. As of end 2018, nearly 40,000 KANGOO Z.E. electric vans have been delivered. 
  • Along the way, the pure electric van has garnered a fair number of accolades to include: the ‘International Van of the Year 2012’, ‘Electric Vehicle of the Year 2012 and 2013’.  The Renault EV continues to remain a front-runner in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) class.
  • The KANGOO Z.E. model range includes: KANGOO Z.E. 33 Van, KANGOO Z.E. 33 Maxi Van and the KANGOO Z.E. 33 Crew Van. The Maxi has a long-wheel base, while the Crew can seat up to 5.
  • The KANGOO Z.E. offer the same load capacity as its internal combustion engine equivalent, with a maximum payload of up to 640 kg.
  • A vastly improved zero-emission range of up to 143 miles (WLTP) with the upgraded EV battery (from 22 kWh to 33 kWh). In warmer condition (+20 C), an expected range of 124 miles.  In winter conditions (-5 C), an expected range of 75 miles.   
  • The KANGOO Z.E. has a 44kW electric motor with 60 bhp and 225 Nm torque.  0-60 mph is just over 20 seconds and a top speed of 81 mph.  The electric motor in the KANGOO is similar to the one used in the popular Renault Zoe pure electric car
  • Expected cost per mile under 4 pence.  Cost of a full recharge sub £5.
  • Electric vehicle battery included in the price of the electric van i.e. not leased separately.  The lithium-ion battery has a performance guarantee of up to 70% of original capacity for 5 years or 60,000 miles. 
  • For those that are confused between the internal combustion engine variants and the all-electric variants, here is a helpful tip.  Look at the rear of the vehicle.  If it has no tailpipe, well guess what, it is all-electric, as pure electric vehicles do not emit pollutants.  
  • Approved for the U.K. plug-in van grant (PiVG).
  • Prices start from £18,392 excluding VAT but including the PiVG grant.
All-Electric Renault KANGOO Z.E. 33 Van
All-Electric Renault KANGOO Z.E. 33 Van (credit: Renault)

Battery And Range 

  • Battery capacity: 33 kWh 
  • Battery type: lithium-ion
  • Range (WLTP): 143 miles 
  • Can be charged from 0% to 100% in 6 hours (7 kW, 22 kW, 43 kW)

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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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