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Renault launches Kangoo electric van costing from £16,990 exc VAT

Renault has taken the wraps off the first all-electric van, the Kangoo Van ZE (Zero Emission).

It will go on sale in the UK for £16,990 excluding VAT. The £5,000 incentive for electric cars is not currently available on light commercial vehicles.

See pics of the Renault Kangoo Van ZE

The electric motor has a power output of 59bhp and maximum torque of 167lb ft.

The batteries are located in the centre of the vehicle under the floor and a standard charge via a 220v 16a socket takes between six and eight hours.

Functions, such as pre-heating and pre-cooling during recharging, have been integrated to maximise vehicle range.

It can already be pre-ordered, but the ownership of the vehicle is separate to that of the battery.

Customers will be able to purchase or rent the van and take out a subscription for the battery. In the UK, this will cost from £59 per month excluding VAT, based on four years, 9,000 miles per year.

The Kangoo Van ZE has a range of 100 miles on the NEDC combined cycle and can be monitored by the driver through what Renault calls an MMI (man machine interface).

This is a display that informs the driver of the remaining battery charge and operational range.

It has a gauge showing the remaining battery charge, and an econometer showing real-time and average energy consumption.

Andrew Papworth

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DBR9 24 September 2010

Re: Renault launches Kangoo Van ZE

Shame about the limited range and recharge time. No good for my company, when we need to travel from the South up to Scotland...

Big S 24 September 2010

Re: Renault launches Kangoo Van ZE

Will this qualify for a government £5000 rebate for EVs? The £16990 price is almost £5k higher than the standard combustion-engined Kangoo van but with a rebate this might even just make financial sense for a city-based van too since the savings in fuel cost would just about pay for the battery hire.

curious_insider 24 September 2010

Re: Renault launches Kangoo Van ZE

£16990 minus VAT? Is there some sort of VAT rebate on EV purchases?