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The new Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. was voted the International Van of the Year 2012 by a jury of 22 European journalists specialising in light commercial vehicles.
The French maker’s electric van is the first time that an electric vehicle has won this prize, competing against numerous internal-combustion engined vans.
Set to launch in the UK 1 December, the new Renault Kangoo Van Z.E is also a winner of International Van of the Year 2012 and won prizes in Denmark and Ireland.
The new Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. won 104 points out of a possible 168. The award was presented to Jean-Marie Hurtiger, director of Renault’s light commercial vehicle division, on the eve of the 14th International Trailer Show in Belgium.
Jury chairman Pieter Wieman said: “With the Kangoo Van Z.E. Renault brings the electric van within the reach of the normal European van user,” he said, “thereby delivering a major contribution to environmental sustainability, one of the most important issues of the transport of goods by road nowadays.”
Hurtiger said: “This prize rewards the work of the people at Renault who have worked for several years on the Kangoo Van Z.E., one of Renault’s four electric vehicles to be launched in the next 10 months.
“All of the company’s functions were involved in the adventure, including the design office, the Maubeuge plant and sales. They met the challenge in a remarkable manner, showing determination, creativity and, above all, an excellent team spirit that has now produced results.”
By fitting the battery under the floor of Kangoo Van Z.E., Renault has kept the same load capacity and dimensions as the internal-combustion version. Its engineers have also worked hard to retain the same 650kg payload.
The new Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. comes in two lengths and three versions, all of them produced at the MCA Maubeuge plant in France on the same line as its internal-combustion engine sister: Kangoo Van Z.E. and the two- and five-seat Kangoo Van Z.E. Maxis. This range is designed to respond to the varied needs of business users, with load volume ranging from 3 m3 to 4.6 m3 and the flexibility to carry goods and passengers.
Kangoo Van Z.E. is the first of four vehicles in the Renault Z.E. range to be launched in the next 12 months. The van’s UK price will be from £16,990 excluding VAT.
The battery is hired for a monthly fee with a variety of mileage and duration permutations. For example, a 3 year/12,000 miles per annum contract is £74 per month excluding VAT.
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