Renault S.A. is set to launch a longer version of its Kangoo Z.E. car-derived van during the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The two-seater model in France will sell for EUR16,200 while the five-seat will cost EUR17,000. Both prices include a EUR5,000 subsidy the government offers to EV buyers. The carmaker will lease the van's battery for a pre-tax starting price of EUR72 a month.
The updated van will go on sale in autumn as the Kangoo Maxi Z.E. and is targeted at business customers who want a van for transporting goods.
Renault said both the Kangoo Express Z.E.’s and the longer Kangoo Maxi Z.E's cost of ownership will be competitive with that of the diesel version of the Kangoo, when driven more than 15,000 km a year.
The Kangoo Maxi's electric motor, like the Kangoo Express Z.E.’s, has a power output of 44 kW or 60 hp and can run 170km (about 100 miles) on a single charge.
The Maxi’s wheelbase is nearly 40 cm longer than that of the Kangoo Express Z.E, which is 4600 mm long. Renault and alliance partner Nissan have plans to be the biggest sellers of EVs.
In 2011, Renault will unveil an electric version of its Fluence sedan, along with the Twizy scooter-style two-seater. In 2012, the Zoe subcompact electric car will be launched as Renault's volume EV.
All of Renault electric vehicles feature a separate ownership of the vehicle and the battery. This setup was decided to ensure the battery’s optimal capacity throughout the EV’s working life. Customers have the option to either buy or lease their vans while taking out a monthly subscription for the battery at pre-tax prices that start at €72 a month.
On the other hand, running costs (which include battery lease, electricity needed for recharging and maintenance) would be similar to those of a conventional vehicle if the annual covered distance does not reach 15,000 km. Running costs, however, would be more competitive once the annual covered distance tops 15,000 km.
It is intended that the Kangoo line-up will be able to offer by the end of 2011 a distinct range of vans that allows business users to choose the mobility solution that suits them most. Currently, Renault is offering seven Kangoo models -- a choice of three lengths powered by petrol, diesel or electric -- to ensure that the van remains dominant in its category while helping consolidate Renault's position as the leader of LCV sales in Europe.