Range anxiety isn’t only limited to buyers of electric cars – the fear that you’ll run out of juice before reaching your destination is a major hurdle for van drivers too. And just as electric car ranges are getting larger all the time, the number of miles an electric van can travel before needing to recharge is improving all the time. With the latest Renault Kangoo ZE, you can drive for around 120 miles in real-world conditions before needing to plug in – a whopping 70 miles further than the previous electric Kangoo.
A new 44kW electric motor – a variation of the one used in the Renault Zoe – provides the drive for the small van, while the entire electrical system has been upgraded to support fast-charging from a single phase 7kW charger.
The Kangoo ZE is available as a standard-length van, a Kangoo ZE Maxi long-wheelbase version or a Kangoo ZE crew van variant with room for up to five people.
Electric versions of the Kangoo also get their own trim level that falls into line with the standard Business specification found on diesel versions, but with the addition of the ZE Voice noise function to warn pedestrians, an interior pre-heat function and upgrades to the standard steel wheels.
Electric van rivals are few and far between, and the Renault Kangoo ZE is an established leader in the sector. Nissan’s eNV200 represents an alternative in the city van segment, along with the 2016 Peugeot Partner Electric and the Citroën Berlingo Electric from the same generation of van.