Renault Kangoo E-TECH electric range, battery & charging
Developments have boosted the Renault Kangoo E-TECH's range since it first went on sale, 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 Kangoo E-TECH boasts an official figure of 143 miles – although even Renault admits 124 is more realistic in real-world use.
The Kangoo has a 33kWh battery pack under the load area. This is the same physical size as the original 22kWh battery, because Renault has improved the energy density of the cells, so it doesn’t reduce load volume. The battery is connected to the 60bhp electric motor under the bonnet that drives the front wheels, while the sole charging socket for the battery is located in the nose, behind the Renault badge.
Renault Kangoo E-TECH electric range
Renault quotes an official driving range of 124 miles for the Kangoo E-TECH based on standardised testing, but is honest about the practicalities of electric-vehicle range: it 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, you can easily get 125 miles out of a charge in normal summer driving, without having to resort to the ‘Eco’ button to save energy.
As there’s just a single charging socket for the Kangoo E-TECH, you’re limited as to how quickly you can top the batteries up. Unlike sister brand Nissan, Renault doesn’t equip the Kangoo with a high-voltage CHAdeMO socket. So the fastest charging you’re going to get is from a public charging point with a power supply in excess of 7kW. It takes six hours to charge a flat battery there – the same amount of time if you plug into a higher-voltage 22 or 43kW supply – as the on-board charger is the limiting factor. As for home charging, a 3.7kW supply can charge the Kangoo in 11 hours from flat.
In This Review
- 1VerdictWith a wide choice of body styles, the Renault Kangoo electric is more versatile than its main rivals – although this version is showing its age and a replacement is coming soon
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingDevelopments have boosted the Renault Kangoo E-TECH's range since it first went on sale, but charging options are restricted
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Renault Kangoo E-TECH is competitively priced compared to rival electric vans and will be very cheap to run
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Renault Kangoo E-TECH has enough power for making progress around town, but it's anything but fast
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Renault Kangoo E-TECH is a van, and the quality of the cab doesn't let you forget it
- 6Boot space, seating & load spaceThere's decent capacity inside, especially in the Renault Kangoo E-TECH Maxi version
- 7Reliability & safety ratingTried-and-tested electric running gear should help the Renault Kangoo E-TECH's reliability