ELEC­TRIC RE­NAULT ON THE WAY

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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.

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