Renault Kangoo Z.E. van range, battery & charging

Developments have boosted the Renault Kangoo Z.E.’s range, but charging options are restricted

Renault has developed its battery technology over the years, so while the original Kangoo Z.E. that launched in 2011 had an official range of 110 miles, the current model can boast an official figure of 170 miles. That’s around 70 miles more than the Citroen Berlingo Electric and Peugeot Partner Electric, although the Nissan e-NV200 has recently been updated with a bigger battery, so now has a quoted range of up to 188 miles.

The Kangoo Z.E. has a 33kWh battery pack located under the load area. This is the same size as the original 22kWh battery, because Renault has improved the energy density of the cells, rather than simply fitting a physically larger battery, so it doesn’t reduce load volume. The battery is connected to the 60bhp electric motor that’s under the bonnet and drives the front wheels, while the sole charging socket for the battery is located in the Kangoo Z.E.’s nose, behind the Renault badge.

Renault Kangoo Z.E. range

Renault quotes an NEDC range of 170 miles for the Kangoo Z.E. That’s around 70 miles more than the electric Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner, and the 124-mile maximum claimed by the Nissan e-NV200.

Renault is honest about the practicalities of the Kangoo Z.E.’s range, and it even has a range calculator on its website where you can change driving parameters, including temperature, payload and average speed, to produce different driving distances. In our experience of the Kangoo Z.E., you can easily get 125 miles out of a full charge in normal summer driving, even without having to resort to the ‘Eco’ button to save energy.

Using kit such as the heater or air-conditioning will obviously have a negative impact on range, as will using the Kangoo Z.E.’s maximum payload. Adding a 500kg load trims around 20 miles from the van’s range.

Charge time

As there’s just a single charging socket for the Kangoo Z.E., you’re limited as to how quickly you can top the batteries up. Unlike sister brand Nissan, Renault doesn’t equip the Kangoo Z.E. with a high-voltage CHAdeMO socket.

The fastest charging you’re going to get for the Kangoo is from a public charging point with a power supply in excess of 7kW. It takes six hours to charge a flat battery here, and it’s the same amount of time if you plug into a higher-voltage 22 or 43 kW supply – the Kangoo Z.E.’s charging set-up is the limiting factor.

As for home charging, a 3.7kW wallbox can charge the Kangoo in 11 hours from flat, while a 3.3kW/14 Amp supply takes 12 hours. Using the optional three-pin plug to top up the battery from the mains gives you a lengthy charge time of 17 hours from flat.

Battery warranty

Renault offers a five-year/100,000-mile warranty on the Kangoo Z.E.’s battery, while the electric drivetrain is cover for four years/100,000 miles. The rest of the van is covered by the standard Renault vehicle warranty, which is three years/100,000 miles. An extended 12 months of warranty cover is available for around £290.

The Kangoo Z.E. also gets breakdown cover that lasts for three years. If you’ve signed up to a battery lease deal, then the breakdown cover lasts for the duration of the lease. This includes recovery if you're left stranded by a flat battery – you don’t get this kind of cover if you buy the diesel van and run out of fuel.