Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. priced at £16,990

The electric van, one of four electric Renault vehicles scheduled for launch in the next three years, will not qualify for the government’s £5,000 green car grant because it does not apply to cars, however.

Renault will also offer to rent the van as well, with a four-year battery subscription of £59 per month based on 9,000 miles per year.

The Kangoo Z.E. will go on sale in 2011, making it one of the first mass-produced, all-electric vans available to buy in the UK.

Based on the standard combustion-powered Renault Kangoo, the Z.E. is 4.21m long and features a load capacity of between three and 3.5 cubic metres.

Power comes from a 60hp electric motor delivering 226Nm of torque and the power is stored in a 22kWh lithium-ion battery.

Energy saving features such as low rolling resistance tyres help to reduce energy wastage when driving and when the accelerator is released during deceleration, the battery is recharged.

The actual van remains as practical as ever, with rear panel doors, cab floor mats, 650kg payload capacity, an illuminated cargo area and height-adjustable seats and steering wheel.

The Z.E. also features an onboard computer, a redesigned dashboard, pre-heating and cooling of the cabin, ABS and electrical heated door mirrors.

UK customers can pre-order the Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. from today to gain priority access when the vehicle arrives on the market.

The Kangoo Van Z.E. will be one of four electric vehicles introduced by Renault alongside the Fluence Z.E. saloon car, Twizy city car and a model based on the Zoe Z.E. concept.