New Renault Master Z.E. electric van: prices, specs and release date

Large electric van will cost from £46,400 (excluding VAT) after government grant

Renault is now taking orders for its new Master Z.E. electric van, which is priced from £46,400 to £48,800 excluding VAT, once the government's plug-in van grant incentive is taken into account.

The Master Z.E. uses the same electric running gear as the smaller Kangoo Z.E. van. It has been designed specifically for companies with multi-drop last-mile delivery routes in busy urban locations, offering access to low or zero-emissions zones without penalties or charges.

Claimed real-world driving range is 74 miles (with half payload) and a full recharge of the batteries from empty takes six hours.

New Renault Master wheelbases and roof heights

Three different wheelbase configurations (SWB, MWB and LWB) are available, as well as two roof heights (LR and MR). The Master Z.E. is based on the Business specification level of the regular diesel Master, so it gets electric windows and mirrors, DAB radio, Bluetooth, a CD player, USB, steel bulkhead, electronic stability control, hill-start assistance and trailer swing assistance as standard.

The Master Z.E. also gets a side charging socket, a pre-heating function and the 'Z.E. Voice' system. The latter emits a sound at low speeds so the van will be more noticeable to pedestrians.

Options include a three-pin charging cable (£414 excluding VAT) and a three-year renewal subscription to the 'My Z.E. Connect' service (£64 excluding VAT), which lets you view the van's remaining range on a smartphone or computer.

Through its Pro+ Business Centre dealer network, Renault can also offer converted vehicles based on the Master Z.E., including a Luton body, refrigerated unit and parcel-delivery configuration.

Prices and release date

All versions of the Master Z.E. are eligible for the Government's full plug-in van grant of £8,000. That takes the pre-VAT price of the LM31 platform cab model to £45,700, while the LL31 platform cab costs £46,500 before VAT.

The entry-level panel-van version (the SL31) comes in at £46,400, with the SM31 costing £47,000, the MM31 costing £48,000 and the range-topping LM 31 offered for £48,800. Order books are open now.

Read our full review of the Renault Master Z.E. and find out more about running electric vans.