Renault Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric, an electric car with long independence as its name implies

Renault Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric, an electric car with long independence as its name implies


One year after the launch of the Renault Kangoo Van, its electronic version kicks off. Renault Kangoo E-Tech Electric has a 90 kW engine and has a range of less than 300 km.

It is officially called the Renault Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric. It is long and we bet that users will get a shorter name for it. And it is not just his family name that lasts a long time. His freedom too. It now plays with 300 km in the WLTP circuit. That’s great, and that puts the new Kangoo at the top of the electric car platform from this perspective. To achieve this, Kangoo Electricity is equipped with a battery capacity of 45 kWh. It was 33 kWh on the Kangoo ZE predecessor. This development is accompanied by a new 90 kW engine, or approximately 120 horsepower, developing a rapid torque of 245 Nm, and delivering a top speed of 135 km / h. At Kangoo ZE, the power was 44 kW, or 60 horsepower, with a torque of 225 Nm and a top speed of 130 km / h.

The charger is also new to Kangoo E-Tech. There are 11 kW and 22 kW, the latter can be associated, as an option, with a fast 80 kW direct current charger that allows you to restore 170 kilometers of freedom in 30 minutes. For others, you will have to be more patient: 14 hours on the network and 7 hours on terminal 7.4 kW AC. 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 cabin without drawing on the battery. This heat pump is connected to a 22 kW charger.

Three levels of recovery

Kangoo Van E-Tech This is an electronic version of Kangoo Van launched over a year ago. It is made on the same basis and therefore includes its features: the same cabin with the same dashboard, line and style almost unchanged since only the grille is slightly different and there is, of course, no exhaust. In fact, very little separates oil from electricity. Even the charging socket is mounted discreetly on the back of the Renault logo mounted as usual on the grille, and it is also very practical to connect this through the nozzle of the car.

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Consumption capacity is the same. Since the longer version will only appear at the end of the year, Kangoo Electric is currently only available in the Standard version. Its height is 4.48m. tall at a height of 1.83 m. The critical volume is 3.3 m³, the charge load is 600 kg and the towing capacity is 1500 kg with a closed trailer.

For driving, two modes of driving are offered, Standard and Eco. The first is enabled by default. It is he who provides the power of 90 kW. The Eco mode is turned on automatically via a button on the settings. The maximum power bus is 52 kW, the torque remains the same, the speed is fixed at 110 km / h and the heating or air conditioning systems are ineffective. In these two ways three levels of rebirth are added. They are selected by running the “gear lever” on the central console. The condition of B1 is not known. Taken with driving on highways, it is with this that rebirth is the weakest. Route B2 is similar to breaking a gasoline engine. The final B3 level slows down the speed of the car and can save you when you apply the brakes as you approach the curve or downhill.

High road behavior

On the road, Renault Kangoo Electric demonstrates first-class behavior. Calmness is an example. 300 kilograms of batteries under the floor hold Kangoo on the road. Coupling is complete, curves are swallowed without moving and trajectory remains safe in all conditions. Suspension, and setting firmer than on fuel, contributes to this high road behavior. Consumption remains satisfactory with 14.5 kWh, introduced at the end of our experiment with quiet and quiet driving. Only one side of this most interesting image: our Kangoo electronic experiment had a “Open Sesame” system, in other words a version with no middle foot allowing for wider access to the loading area. But this option for 1000 € HT puts a mesh partition behind the passenger seat and aerodynamic noise, rolling and resonance enter the cabinet happily.

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A word about equipment. Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric is available in two fines, Grand Confort and Extra. The first level includes a standard air conditioner, the Easy Link 8 ” system (but without navigation), automatic lighting for lamps and laundry detergents, closed doors in the middle and electrically heated mirrors. The Extra Level also includes navigation on the Easy Link system, a hands-free card to unlock the doors and turn on the car, a rear camera and a dashboard with a digital screen. A long series of options enhances this Kangoo. Sesame door is one of them, such as an interior gallery or front bench bench with folding backrest.

Overall, the Renault Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric is a successful electric car that will meet many professional uses and its excellent level of independence. Comfortable, fun to drive, powerful and safe, this car lives up to expectations. Prices for the Renault Kangoo electric range start at € 33,600 excluding VAT for the 11 kW Grand Confort version. Upgrading to Extra Trim Level costs € 1,000 without VAT regardless of version. About 80 kW DC charger, it costs € 1200 excluding tariffs.