Renault says that the new range in real conditions will be 200 km, which is quite good for a heavy electric van.
Here we have the press release:
Renault Pro+ is to present the all-electric New KANGOO Z.E.(1) on January 13 at the 2017 European Motor Show in Brussels, Belgium.
Renault Pro+ will equip the latest KANGOO Z.E. with a new motor/battery package that will increase the model’s driving range by more than 50 percent, from 170km to 270km NEDC(2). That is equivalent of 200km in real conditions.
The New KANGOO Z.E. offers the longest available driving range in the small van market.
The KANGOO Z.E. is a completely practical solution for environmentally-conscious business customers who have praised the driving enjoyment it delivers, as well as its carrying capacity and competitive operating costs.
The New KANGOO Z.E. is made at Renault’s Maubeuge plant in northern France.
More information about the New KANGOO Z.E. will be provided on January 13, 2017.
It’s still unknown if the Renault Kangoo ZE battery will continue to be made with AESC battery cells or it’ll adopt LG Chem as supplier. The other electric van that should get the same battery upgrade is the Nissan e-NV200, since up until now as been sharing the same battery with the Renault Kangoo ZE.
The 59 % range increase, makes us think in a similar battery capacity improvement, in this case from 24 to 38 kWh. But the battery can also be heavier and this means that more than 38 kWh might be required to increase the range by 59 %. In late 2015 I wrote that to get 200 km real range, these electric vans would probably get 48 kWh batteries as you can see it here. I hope that I was wrong and the new batteries aren’t heavier.
Also important is the fact that the Renault Kangoo ZE is getting a new motor, since the old one had a peak power of 44 kW and wasn’t very efficient. Very weak for such a heavy vehicle with not so good aerodynamics. The most likely replacement candidate is the 68 kW motor that is used in the smaller electric Renault Zoe. Usually with a new motor and battery, a new charger also comes…
While there is still no word about the new internal charger, if the information I got in 2015 is correct and Renault-Nissan didn’t changed their plans, it will be a lot more powerful. Making it 22 kW makes sense, especially since 22 kW EVSEs are cheap for companies to buy and install. To me it makes a lot more sense than have to rely on CHAdeMO for faster charging, as it’s currently the case for the Nissan e-NV200.
Well, now we’ll just wait for Nissan to announce a range increase and a new design for the Nissan Leaf… and act surprised when it happens.
To sum up, these new electric vans coming with improved range are great for taxi fleets and postal services. What do you think?