In-depth reviews

Renault Master Z.E. running costs

It’s expensive to buy or lease, but total cost of ownership is where the Renault Master Z.E. claws back money

Overall rating

2.5 out of 5

Running costs rating

3.0 out of 5

Price
£65,040 - £81,540
Fuel Type:
Electric

As it was the first large electric van to come to market, the Master Z.E. has to set the benchmark for pricing. And with prices starting in the region of £45,000, it’s pretty expensive. That’s a lot more than for a diesel-powered Master, although unlike the Kangoo Z.E., the Master Z.E. is only sold outright, rather than adding battery rental to the mix to bring the initial purchase price down.

The benefits of the Master Z.E.’s low running costs will be felt as soon as you hit the road. Charging costs a fraction of the price of filling a van with diesel, and as the Master Z.E. is designed with multi-drop deliveries in mind, it'll soon recoup the additional cost if it’s being used five or six days a week, all year round, when compared to a diesel van.

The Master Z.E. comes in its own specification based on the Business trim level offered on the diesel version. It gets plastic wheel trims, electric windows, electric heated door mirrors and electric-only kit such as interior pre-heating, voice control and a speed limiter. In the back there are eight anchor points on the load floor of the short-wheelbase version, while the medium and long-wheelbase vans have 10 anchors.

Road tax for electric vans is free, while the plug-in grant is higher for vans than for electric cars, at £8,000. You also benefit from reduced Benefit-in-Kind and National Insurance rates. What’s more, servicing should be cheaper as well, thanks to fewer moving parts in the electric drive system.

Renault Master Z.E. insurance group

The Master Z.E. falls into insurance groups 45 to 46, which is pretty much the same as equivalent diesel version of the van, so there should be little or no difference in the cost of coverage.

Warranty

The standard three-year/100,000-mile warranty that Renault offers on its entire range is also given to the Master Z.E., backed up by three years of Renault Assistance breakdown and recovery. The battery is covered for five years/100,000 miles and the electric drive system is covered for four years/100,000 miles.

Servicing

Service intervals for the Master Z.E. are every two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Renault offers its iCare service package for the Master Z.E. through its Pro+ van centres. They're able to arrange a service package based on your mileage and work requirements, and it’s designed to minimise the time your van spends off the road.

Most Popular

Where can I buy hydrogen and where is my nearest hydrogen filling station?
Mercedes fuel cell
Electric

Where can I buy hydrogen and where is my nearest hydrogen filling station?

A guide to where you can find UK hydrogen fuel stations for filling up a hydrogen fuel-cell car
6 May 2021
Why owners love the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV charging
Advertisement Feature

Why owners love the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Thinking of switching to a plug-in hybrid? Plenty of owners we surveyed can vouch for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
6 May 2021
Can solar panels charge an electric car?
Solar Panels
Your questions answered

Can solar panels charge an electric car?

Charging your electric car with solar panels is a great way to save money in the long run. We explain why...
26 Apr 2021