New Renault Trafic E-TECH electric van unveiled

The electric version of Renault’s medium-size van offers range of 149 miles

Renault Trafic E-TECH

The Renault Trafic E-TECH electric van has made its world debut at the IAA Transportation Show in Germany. It’s the brand’s fourth zero-emissions LCV to date, meaning it now offers small, medium and large vans with electric power.

The Trafic E-TECH uses the same 118bhp electric motor as Renault’s new compact Kangoo E-TECH, but gets a slightly larger 52kWh battery. Maximum range in the electric Trafic, without any cargo on-board, stands at 149 miles – significantly less than the 200+ miles rivals like the Vauxhall Vivaro-e, Fiat E-Scudo and forthcoming Ford E-Transit Custom are capable of. 

As standard the Trafic E-TECH can charge at up to 22kW, or you can upgrade to 50kW DC charging. However, the price of this upgrade and the length of time needed for a 10-80% top-up has yet to be revealed.

We do know that because the electric running gear sits underneath the bonnet and the floor of the van, so there’s no change in loadspace compared to the diesel-powered Trafic. Two body lengths will be available, offering cargo volumes ranging from 5.8 to 8.9 cubic metres.

The longer L2 model also boasts a load length of up to 4.15 metres if you use the through-loading bulkhead. This is handy if you need to carry long pipes, ladders and timber planks inside the van rather than on the outside. The Trafic E-TECH will have a maximum payload of 1.1 tonnes, as well as a 750kg towing capacity.

Renault is expected to announce pricing for the Trafic E-TECH closer to its launch in early 2023, but a starting price of around £38,000 would be right in the middle of the prices for the Kangoo E-TECH and Master E-TECH it’ll soon sit in between.

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