There’s a new version of the Renault Kangoo Electric Van, but this time it’s called the Renault Kangoo Van E-Tech electric, and the big news is the longer range, which is now 186 miles.
The bad news is that it won’t be on sale until spring 2022.
The Kangoo Electric Van was originally launched in 2011 – you can read Green Car Guide’s Renault Kangoo ZE review here, and it accounts for one in five electric utility vehicles sold in Europe.
Thanks to its new lithium-ion battery with a fully usable capacity of 45kWh, the new Kangoo Van E-Tech electric boasts a range of up to 186 miles on the WLTP cycle.
The battery, located under the vehicle floor, has no impact on the cargo area capacity.
The All-new Kangoo Van E-Tech electric comes equipped with a 90kW motor boasting 245Nm of immediately available torque.
There’s an Eco mode that caps the vehicle’s power output and top speed helps optimise the range.
The driver can also choose between three regenerative braking levels:
– Sailing (B1): limited regenerative braking, suitable for driving on motorways and faster roads
– Drive (B2): default regenerative braking that has an ICE motor feel when taking the foot off the accelerator
– Brake (B3): maximum regenerative braking for use in heavier traffic and on steeper roads
On the new Kangoo Van E-Tech electric, conventional hydraulic braking is assisted by an ARB system (Adaptive Regenerative Brake System), which maximises the amount of recovered energy regardless of the selected braking option.
The range of drive and braking modes means drivers can choose between six different driving options.
To recharge the battery, the new Kangoo Van E-Tech electric offers a choice of three charging methods. The standard model features an 11kW three-phase chameleon charger, suitable for all types of household and workplace charging set-ups. Optional chargers include the 22kW chameleon charger for rapid charging on public terminals and the 80kW rapid-charge DC charger that can recuperate 106 miles of range in 30 minutes. With the two optional chargers, the battery is fitted with liquid cooling capabilities.
The new Kangoo Van E-Tech electric’s battery takes 3 hours 50 minutes to go from 15 per cent to 100 per cent charge when plugged into a 11kW wallbox and less than six hours on a 7.4kW wallbox.
To guarantee the same reliable range in all seasons, the Kangoo Van E-Tech electric’s air conditioning system comes fitted with a heat pump. When paired with the 22kW charger, heat is taken from the air around the vehicle to warm the passenger compartment without using an electrical resistor that consumes energy. The heat pump performs best when the ambient temperature is between -15°C and +15°C, a common range for the cold seasons in most European countries.
Also, the Kangoo Van E-Tech electric features a heated windscreen, heated front seats, and heated steering wheel as optional extras.
The Kangoo Van E-Tech electric is also available with three front seats with a central folding backrest that turns into a mobile office and almost 60 litres of storage in the cab.
The Kangoo Van E-Tech electric also boasts the same haulage and traction capacity as its ICE counterpart – storage volume up to 3.9m3 (4.9m3 in the yet-to-be-released longer length Kangoo), 600kg of payload (800kg in the long format), and 1,500kg of towing capacity.
The Renault smartphone app and Renault Easy Link multimedia system provides a selection of specific connected services that can be used to programme and schedule battery charging, remotely monitor battery levels, pre-heat or cool the passenger compartment, search for charging stations along the route, or calculate which destinations are accessible with the remaining battery.
The Kangoo Van E-Tech electric will be sold throughout Europe starting in spring 2022.