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

Renault Kangoo E-Tech electric van
Price: from £33,055
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Panel Van
Battery size: 45 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 186 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 KANGOO E-Tech Panel Van 


The Renault Kangoo electric van has been available since 2011. The Kangoo is now in its third-generation. It was previously known as the Kangoo Z.E. In its latest update, the electric city van changed it name to Kangoo E-Tech. The upgraded electric van has much more to offer compared to the predecessor.

The pure electric Kangoo E-Tech panel van is available only in one EV battery size: 45 kWh. The e-van has a claimed emission-free electric range up to 186 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 160 miles. Nevertheless, a decent electric range!

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 2,260 kgs. Having said that, the manufacturer offers DC charging up to 80 kW DC. Charging the electric van at 80 kW DC, the EV battery can achieve 80% charge in 40 minutes. Just enough time for a quick coffee and rest!

Renault has incorporated a three-phase (22 kW) onboard AC charger with the EV. The electric van can be fully charged in 1 hour and 21 minutes using a dedicated 3-phase EV charger. Charging at 7 kW (single-phase) will take longer (5 hours and 40 minutes).

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 Kangoo E-Tech electric van delivers a maximum power up to 120 hp and 245 Nm torque. The EV can achieve 0-62 mph in 11.6 seconds. The top speed is 81 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 4.2 m3. The payload of the electric commercial van is 615 kgs. The EV offers 2 seats.

The e-van offers 20 driving assistance systems, to include: rear view assist, rear-view camera, hill start assist, wide view mirror, grip Xtend, “zoning” function, highway and traffic jam assist, active emergency braking system with vehicle detection, blind spot warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, road sign recognition and speeding alert, park assist systems, sidewind assist and trailer sway assist.

The Kangoo E-Tech electric is eligible for the UK government plug-in van grant for the ‘small vans’ category. These vehicles are less than 2,500 kilograms (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 small vans, up to a maximum of £2,500.

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PROS CONS
Decent pure electric range Payload not as good as competitors
80 kW DC Charging Only available in one battery size
22 KW (3-phase) AC onboard chargerWide aperture side doors not available for UK market

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The All-Electric Renault KANGOO 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 (4 Options)
Start Van MWB (from £33,055)
Start Van LWB (from £34,855)
Advance Van MWB (from £34,255)
Advance Van LWB (from £36,055)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 45 kWh
Charging:80 kW DC rapid charging (20%-80%: 40 mins). Onboard charger 22 kW AC (20%-80%: 1 hr 21 mins)
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):1854
Width (mm):2159
Length (mm):4910
Wheelbase (mm):3100
Turning Circle (m):11.31
Cargo Volume (m3):3.3 – 4.2
Payload (kg):615

KANGOO E-Tech
EV Battery Capacity:45 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):186 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/mile):117.4
Charging: 80 kW DC rapid charging (20%-80%: 40 mins). Onboard charger 22 kW AC (20%-80%: 1 hr 21 mins)
Top Speed:81 mph
0-62 mph:11.6 seconds
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Max Power (hp):120
Torque (Nm): 245
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:2
Towing Capacity (kg)/ Braked/Unbraked:1500/750
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):2,230 – 2,260
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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