Renault Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric, an electric van with a long range as its name

A year after the launch of the Renault Kangoo Van, its electrified version hits the tracks. The Renault Kangoo E-Tech Electric has a 90 kW engine and a range of just under 300 kilometres.

It is officially called Renault Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric. It’s long and we bet users will find a shorter name for it. And it’s not just the last name that gets longer. Your autonomy too. Now it flirts with the 300 kilometers of the WLTP cycle. That’s good and puts the new Kangoo on the top rung of the electric van podium from that point of view. For this, Kangoo Electric is equipped with a battery with a capacity of 45 kWh. It was 33 kWh in the predecessor Kangoo ZE. This development is accompanied by a new 90 kW engine, or approximately 120 horsepower, developing an immediate torque of 245 Nm and providing a top speed of 135 km/h. In the Kangoo ZE, the power was 44 kW, or 60 horsepower, for a torque of 225 Nm and a top speed of 130 km/h.

Chargers are also new to Kangoo E-Tech. There is one with 11 kW and one with 22 kW, the latter can be associated, as an option, to the 80 kW fast charger in direct current that allows you to recover 170 kilometers of autonomy in 30 minutes. For others, you will have to be more patient: 14 hours on the grid and 7 hours on a 7.4 kW AC terminal. It should also be noted that this electric Kangoo is equipped with a heat pump, which recovers heat from the outside air to heat or cool the passenger compartment without consuming the battery. This heat pump is associated with the 22 kW charger.

Three levels of recovery

This Kangoo Van E-Tech is the electrified version of the Kangoo Van released just over a year ago. It is made on the same base and therefore embodies its characteristics: same cabin and same dashboard, line and style almost unchanged, as only the grille is slightly different and, of course, there is no exhaust. In fact, there is very little difference between thermal and electric. Even the charging socket is discreetly installed behind the Renault logo enthroned as usual on the grille, and this connection through the vehicle’s nose is also very practical.

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Utility features are pretty much the same. As the long version will only appear at the end of the year, Kangoo Electric is currently only available in the Standard version. Measures 4.48m. length to a height of 1.83 m. The useful volume is 3.3 m³, the payload is 600 kilos and the towing capacity is 1,500 kilos with braked trailer.

For driving, two driving modes are offered, Standard and Eco. The first is enabled by default. It is he who gives the power of 90 kW. Eco mode is manually activated via a button on the console. Maximum power is then 52 kW, torque remains the same, speed is limited to 110 km/h and heating or air conditioning systems are less efficient. To these two modes are added three levels of regeneration. They are selected by manipulating the “shift lever” on the center console. B1 mode goes unnoticed. Adapted to driving on fast roads, it is with it that regeneration is weakest. B2 mode is similar to the engine braking of a thermal vehicle. The final level B3 actually slows the vehicle down and can save you from having to brake when approaching a roundabout or going downhill.

Top-notch road behavior

On the road, the Renault Kangoo Electric displays first-rate behavior. Stability is exemplary. The 300 kilos of batteries located under the floor literally lock the Kangoo into the road. The grips are perfect, the curves are swallowed without rolling and the trajectory remains safe under all circumstances. The suspensions, with a firmer setting than the thermal ones, contribute to this high-end road behavior. Consumption remains reasonable at 14.5 kWh, established at the end of our test in smooth and quiet driving. Just one downside to this rather flattering image: our electric Kangoo test was equipped with the “Open Sesame” system, ie the version without a center foot allowing very wide access to the cargo area. But this €1000 HT option imposes a mesh partition behind the passenger seat and the aerodynamic, rolling and resonance noises happily enter the cabin.

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A word about the equipment. The Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric is available in two finishes, Grand Confort and Extra. The first level includes standard manual air conditioning, Easy Link 8” system (but without navigation), automatic lighting and windscreen wipers, central locking of the doors and heated electric mirrors. The Extra level also includes the Easy Link navigation system, the hands-free card to open the doors and start the vehicle, the reversing camera and the instrument panel with digital display. A long series of options enriches this Kangoo. The Sesame door is one of them, as well as the interior gallery or the front seat with folding backrest.

In short, the Renault Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric is a successful electric utility vehicle that will be able to meet most professional uses with its good level of autonomy. Comfortable, fun to drive, dynamic and safe, this van lives up to expectations. Prices for the electric Renault Kangoo start at €33,600, excluding VAT, for the 11 kW Grand Confort version. Upgrading to the Extra trim level costs €1,000, excluding VAT, regardless of version. As for the 80 kW DC charger, it costs €1200 excluding tax.

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