Renault introduces two new electric light commercial vehicles

Renault ZE lineup at Motor Show Brussels 2017

Today Renault unveiled a new battery, charger and electric motor at Motor Show Brussels 2017.


Let’s see the official press release.


New Kangoo Z.E. – New Kangoo Z.E. features major innovations: a new battery, new engine, new charger, new innovative connected services, and a heat pump in the air conditioning system.

New Kangoo Z.E. is equipped with a new “Z.E.33” battery (33kWh) and also gains a new engine, 100% Renault, developing 60 hp and based on the ZOE R75/90 engine. It is built in France at the Renault Cléon plant.

New Kangoo Z.E. now proposes a range of 270 km NEDC compared with 170 km for Kangoo Z.E. In real use, on a delivery cycle3***, the vehicle would have a range of around 200 km with a single load. New Kangoo Z.E. has a greater available range than any other electric LCV.

New Kangoo Z.E. cuts charging time thanks to a new-generation 7 kW AC charger. A full charge takes around six hours from a 7 kW WallBox. With this more powerful charger, New Kangoo Z.E. recovers a range of 35 km in just one hour of charging (in a temperate climate).

New Kangoo Z.E. features a real innovation in the world of electric LCVs: a heat pump linked to the air conditioning, maintaining range in cold weather.

New Kangoo Z.E. is built in France and will go on sale in Europe from mid-2017.


Master Z.E.: Renault’s expertise in electric vehicles soon available in a large van

Master Z.E. gains the Z.E. expertise of Renault, European leader in electric vehicles, while maintaining all the qualities that have made Master a benchmark in the heavy van sector.

This electric version of Master is aimed primarily at fleets running last-mile distribution services in the city, as well as large municipalities and local government. This heavy van’s load characteristics, range and charge time are tailored to the needs of business customers in and around cities.

Master Z.E. is equipped with the “Z.E. 33” battery (33 kWh) and fitted with the R75, an engine of advanced energy efficiency,with output of 57 kW/76 hp, inherited from ZOE. Master Z.E. has a range of 200 km NEDC.

Master Z.E. takes less than one night to charge: a full charge takes six hours with the 7 kW WallBox.

Master Z.E. will arrive in the European market at the end of 2017.


According to the press kit (thanks Bolt for the heads up) Renault’s new ZE 33 battery is “developed through the expertise of Renault and LG Chem, features a major innovation: greater energy density. This innovation involves increasing the storage capacity of the battery, without changing its dimensions or the effective volume of the vehicle. Battery performance is optimized not by adding more modules but by improving the chemistry of the battery cells to increase energy density. This upgrade was obtained with no trade-offs in reliability or safety in use.”



Renault could do better in two areas, the charger and the electric motor. The 7 kW charger for both Kangoo and Master ZE is a bit disappointing, a 22 kW charger would be much more useful. Also the 44 kW (60 HP) electric motor for the Kangoo ZE and the 57 kW (76 HP) electric motor for the Master are underwhelming.


The Renault Master ZE seems to be Renault’t direct alternative to the Volkswagen e-Crafter.


Volkswagen e-Crafter


Considering the technical specs, the Renault’s alternative has to be a lot cheaper to be appealing.


Volkswagen e-Crafter specs


To sum up, it’s great to see Renault improving its ZE offer and I do expect to see it further improved with the Twingo ZE’s introduction and hope that it’s followed by a second generation Twizy.


Renault Twingo ZE


Since the Renault Twingo, Smart ForTwo and Smart ForFour share the same platform, Renault could use this advantage to make an electric two-seater and called it a second generation Twizy.


Renault Twizy 2 rendering based on the Smart ForTwo


What do you want to be introduced next in Renault ZE’s lineup? The Renault Twingo ZE or a second generation Renault Twizy ZE?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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Jonas Jovial
4 years ago

Hi, Pedro!

Just to say glad to see you back. As for the possible new Leaf with a 38kWh, in my opinion Nissan has already lost to much time and possibly it will skip to the new generation in next year, with several capacity options. After all it does not make any sense to lunch a car that will only have a few months of life. As for me, i’m already on the market looking for a good opportunity to buy a 30kWh Tekna. It will be enough for 90% or more of my needs. For the others time, i still have my Prius 😉

4 years ago

It says in the press kit:

“This new battery, developed through the expertise of Renault and LG Chem, features a major innovation: greater energy density.”

Doesn’t sound like AESC-cells?

4 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

From what I’m seeing of battery temperatures on the 30 kWh Leaf with back to back QC in warm weather, I am skeptical of going much higher with passively cooled packs. I’m beginning to think that Nissan will skip the battery upgrade on today’s Leaf and just go all in on the new with TMS and LG batteries.

AFAIK the e-NV200 has a simple AC based TMS thus it might be the one to get the new AESC cells?

Ralf K.
4 years ago

I make an educated guess on the battery organization for Renault Kangoo ZE III and Renault Master ZE then:
160 pouch cells, 65 Ah each from LG Chem. Same cells as in Zoe 41, but reduced to 160 (80s2p) instead of 192 cells (96s 2p). This results in 39 kWh battery pack capacity gross, then 33 kWh net advertised. The spread from 33 to 39 (0,85) to allow longer use with same characteristics despite daily 7 kW charging. This could also be the reason for the limitatation in the charger. And typical 5-6h charging may be sufficient for the transporter customers with daily routes. Price matters more.

Motor an Inverter changed to run on 80×3,75V= 300V.

Makes this more affordable, yet leaves easy room for battery upgrades later. E.g. 2×96 cells as in Zoe 41.

And allows use of the same Zoe cells for Kangoo III ZE and Master ZE, as you will never know which model the customers will order in what quantity.

Ralf K.
4 years ago
Reply to  Ralf K.

And most interesting: all the hybrid stuff skipped! These could be the supply vehicles that supply a diesel-free Paris (promised for 2020, 2025, whatever) with food and goods. 🙂

Diesel burners to the edge of the city, then electric delivery vans into the city centre.

Asle H
4 years ago

Still don’t understand why Renault refuse to deliver an optional 22 kWh semi-fast charging option for these vehicles. Not all handymen live in a city environment with 4 km commutes. Norway, amongst other countries, is on the brink of banning diesels in multiple cities and Renault seems too focused on fleet sales rather than small businesses. The only large company in Norway with short commutes is the national postal service. All other companies are small compared to larger countries. Norway is best seen as a large city with horrendous city planning. Vast distances and scattered population.

PS. Another thing that puzzles me is the ZOE’s lack of a 40/60 backseat.

4 years ago

What I’d like to see next in the line-up: I’m rooting for a large station wagon/cross over SUV. There’s a market for 200 000 of those in Norway in just two or three years, I’m sure. I need a 7-seater 4WD variant.

4 years ago

I am getting a little worried (No news?). Pedro, is everything alright? Any News on new cells? (Scib V2.0, Sulfur Batteries, Production in Poland underway, TESLA Custom mods…)