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.
Considering the technical specs, the Renault’s alternative has to be a lot cheaper to be appealing.
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.
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.
What do you want to be introduced next in Renault ZE’s lineup? The Renault Twingo ZE or a second generation Renault Twizy ZE?