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 143 miles – although even Renault admits 124 is a more realistic figure in real-world use.
The Kangoo Z.E. has a 33kWh battery pack located 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 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 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, without having to resort to the ‘Eco’ button to save energy.
As there’s just a single charging socket for the Kangoo, 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 there – the same amount of time if you plug into a higher-voltage 22 or 43 kW supply – as the Kangoo Z.E.’s on-board charger is the limiting factor. As for home charging, a 3.7kW supply can charge the Kangoo in 11 hours from flat.
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 year 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.
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 expected soon
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingDevelopments have boosted the Renault Kangoo Z.E.’s range, but charging options are restricted
- 3Running costsThe Renault Kangoo Z.E. is competitively priced compared to rival electric vans
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThere’s enough power for the Renault Kangoo Z.E. around town, but it’s anything but fast
- 5Interior & comfortThe Renault Kangoo Z.E. is a van, and the quality of the cab doesn’t let you forget it
- 6Practicality & load spaceThere’s decent capacity inside, especially in the Renault Kangoo Z.E. Maxi
- 7Reliability & safetyTried-and-tested electric running gear should help the Renault Kangoo Z.E. to be reliable