ELECTRIC RENAULT ON THE WAY
RENAULT AUSTRALIA is further expanding its light commercial presence with the Kangoo ZE scheduled to hit Australian shores in November.
Coming fresh off the back of last week’s announcement of the automated transmission Kangoo diesel, the launch will see the French company begin direct sales of the electric compact van in the country.
The version arriving in Australia comes with an updated battery, motor, heat pump and charger to improve the driving range and ease the charging process.
With the updates, Renault believes that Kangoo ZE can fully charge in six hours, and in one hour can get enough juice for 35km.
The model has a European-measured range of 270km but Renault says 200km in realworld summer-climate driving would be an equivalent.
Powering the Kangoo is an R60 electric motor that delivers 44kW (60hp) of power and a maximum torque of 225Nm, connected to a 33kWh lithium-ion battery. With only the long wheelbase version arriving, the model’s capacity will be 4m3, its payload 650kg and its turning circle reaching 11.9m. Among the standard features are ABS, ESC, hill-start assist, cruise control, rear view camera and Bluetooth connectivity.