Renault’s revised electric Kangoo Van ZE has been dubbed the ZE.33 due to its new 33kW battery that the manufacturer says has increased range by 50% to 124 miles under real-world conditions in summer and up to 99 miles in winter.
There are four versions – the Kangoo Van ZE.33 (two seats and a load volume of 3.6m3), Maxi Van ZE.33 (two seats, 4.6m3), Maxi Crew Van ZE.33 (five seats, 1.3m3) and Maxi Crew Van Cab ZE.33 (which has a multi-positional, adjustable bulkhead that can accommodate either five people or a 3.6m3 load). At the end of 2017 Renault says it will also launch a Maxi version with a load volume of 6.0m3.
We drove the Kangoo ZE and found that much of the previous harshness in acceleration and braking has been eradicated. The test van had a 250kg load in the back, which improved the ride by tempering its more extreme EV tendencies without diminishing the load-lugging ability of the 60hp and 225rpm maximum torque available.
Full battery charging time has been reduced from eight to six hours, and a one-hour charge can top-up the range with an extra 22 miles.
Engine size 33kW
Load volume 3.6m3
Battery range 170 miles
Price (ex VAT & PiVG) £14,195