The Renault Kangoo ZE will be on sale in the autumn and prices will start at just over £20,000 including VAT. The Renault Kangoo ZE (the ZE for Zero Emissions) has a 59bhp electric motor mounted in the Kangoos’ nose and the lithium-ion battery pack lives under the rear floor. The size of your load will have an effect on the nominal 100 mile range which will obviously reduce as weight is added. The Renault Kangoo ZE is the type of van that is used for relatively short delivery trips carrying light loads so potentially the range should not be a problem.
There are no available figures on what it costs to recharge a Renault Kangoo ZE, this will depend on the electricity tariff that it has been plugged into, but it’s going to be a matter of pence. To that you must add the £59 monthly cost of leasing the batteries making the running costs of this electric van about the same as the diesel edition.
The Renault Kangoo is impressive when driving around the city, it has no trouble keeping up with traffic it is quite brisk, like most modern diesel vans and stops well too. It starts to slow as soon as you take your foot of the accelerator because of the regenerative braking effect.
Pedestrians are unaware of the Renault Kangoo’s noiseless advance so it is good news that Renault will be fitting a noise warning system that will operate at low speeds.