Renault’s electric van set for UK debut

The Renault Kangoo Van Z.E., based on the current diesel-powered small van, will be revealed at the show in the NEC in April, months before it goes on sale in the UK.

Available in two- or five-seat versions, the Renault Kangoo Van Ze.E. will go on sale in Autumn in the UK and represents the first time a major manufacturer has launched a fully electric LCV.

Powered by electric motors instead of the more conventional petrol or diesel engine, the Kangoo Van Z.E. uses a lithium ion battery pack to power the motors.

This means the van will deliver zero tailpipe emissions and near silent running. A range of 100 miles ensures the small van is ideal for city driving and in London, it will even be exempt from the congestion charge thanks to its electric powertrain.

Prices for the Kangoo Van Z.E. start from £16,990 for the two-seat version, but a longer wheelbase ‘Maxi’ version adds £1,000 to the price. Five-seat models start from £18,690 before VAT.

On top of the initial price, the vans will also feature a £59 monthly leasing charge for the battery based on a four-year/9,000 miles per year lease.

Fleet and Commercial Vehicle Operations Director, Darren Payne, said, "I’m pleased to be showing Kangoo Van Z.E., the first affordable factory-built electric van in the UK.

"We truly believe we have something for everyone and I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing customer reactions to our expanded range in a few weeks time.”

The Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. will beat the rival Ford Transit Connect Electric to market when it goes on sale this year.

Renault’s stand at the CV show will feature seven UK debuts, including four factory-built Master vans; Box Van, Dropside, Tipper and 17 Seat minibus, as well as a locally converted Luton Van and Curtainside.