RENAULT has revealed an updated, longer-range version of its best-selling Kangoo E-Tech van.
Thanks to its new lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 45kWh, the new Kangoo Van E-Tech electric boasts a range of up to 186 miles on the WLTPcycle, giving electric LCV drivers enhanced peace of mind for a full day of work trips.
The battery, located under the vehicle floor, has no impact on the cargo area capacity.
The new Kangoo Van E-Tech electric also comes with a 90kW motor boasting 245Nm of immediately available torque.
An Eco mode that caps the vehicle's power output and top speed helps optimise the range is best used when carrying a light load.
On the new Renault, conventional hydraulic braking is assisted by an Adaptive Regenerative Brake (ARB) 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 for optimal comfort and range according to their specific vehicle use and the traffic conditions.
Information about the selected driving mode, electric power management, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is displayed on a fully customisable, optional, 10-inch digital instrument panel.
For recharging the battery, the Kangoo Van E-Tech electric offers a choice of three charging methods.
An 11kW three-phase chameleon charger, suitable for all types of household charging setups come as standard while 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.
The van's electric's battery takes just under four hours 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.
A heated windscreen, heated front seats, and heated steering wheel are available as optional extras.
The new Kangoo Van E-Tech electric offers the same equipment and comfort as its conventionally-fuelled siblings including Renault's Easy Inside Rack retractable interior gallery, the Renault Easy Link multimedia system with eight-inch display, hands-free key card, and automatic parking brake.
It is also available with three front seats with a central folding backrest that turns into a mobile office, almost 60 litres of storage in the cab, as well as the latest generation ADAS, including adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go, and the ‘Motorway and Trafic Companion' that marks the first step toward autonomous driving.
The Kangoo Van E-Tech electric also boasts the same haulage and traction capacity as its ICE counterpart - storage volume up to 3.9 cubic metres (4.9 cubic metres in the yet-to-be-released longer length Kangoo), 600kg of payload (800kg in the long format), and 1,500kg of towing capacity.
The new Kangoo Van E-Tech electric will be sold throughout Europe starting in the spring of next year.