Renault Kangoo Maxi ZE Crew

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Price: £14,952*+62/mth

Surprisingly to drive and really quite the Kangoo Maxi Z.E. is available to buy now. Its long seats five but it’s classed as a commercial vehicle, so earlier in 2012 it didn’t for the a state subsidy in the same way as a car.

Fortunately, the Kangoo family now qualifies for a 20% discount on the price under the Plug-in Van making this particular more affordable as a family

As with other Renault vehicles, when you buy the van you own everything the battery, which you pay a monthly fee for. This should eliminate any worries about life and performance over the as well as the impact that have on the van’s future The lease contracts are quite too, ranging from 12 to 60 with annual mileage from 6,000 to 15,000.

lease amounts range £60 up to £105 (that’s for a 12-month/15,000 contract).

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By Conway October 26, 2011 PM

The stretched 2011 Renault ZE Maxi electric van turns delivery workhorse to people with extra seats and windows. Its long wheelbase five but it’s still as a commercial vehicle, so until in 2012 it didn’t qualify for the a subsidy in the same way as a passenger Fortunately, the Kangoo Z.E. now qualifies for a 20% discount on the sticker under the Plug-in Van Grant, this particular model affordable as a family hauler, and the performance is impressive, reckons Conway.

While UK buyers will to wait until mid-2012 to get hands on the pure-electric Fluence family saloon, there be another five-seat pure-electric on sale next month 2011). It’s the Kangoo (for ‘zero emissions’) and it in long and short wheelbase with or without glazing and seats. tried out the Z.E.

Maxi Crew, the version with five and with full glazing brochure speak for “it’s got all round”).

The base price for level is £18,690 but the trim tested here will in set you back £23,078. The Kangoo family now qualifies for a 20% discount (up to the of £8,000) on the sticker price the Plug-in Van Grant, so that it down to a much more £18,462.

You could use this as a family hauler, but to be honest, a bit big for the mainly urban use for which it was For businesses looking for an urban van for set routes, though, the Kangoo is well worth a look. As the Fluence Z.E. when you buy the van you own except the battery, which you pay a lease fee for.

This should completely any worries about battery and performance over the years, as as the impact that might on the van’s future value. The contracts are quite flexible, ranging from 12 to 60 months annual mileage allowances 6000 to 15,000. Monthly amounts range from £60 up to (that’s for a 12-month/15,000 mile

As with the Fluence Z.E. the Renault Kangoo Z.E. is on an existing diesel-powered vehicle. But the van is so much bigger, there’s no on its cargo capacity – the model we has a maximum payload of 650kgs.

what you see is what you get, a van with two rows of seats will accommodate five Observers that don’t the ‘Z.E.’ badge on the back for the charging flap will no clue that the Kangoo is a That is, until it moves off and is a total absence of the usual clatter.

The Kangoo’s 44kW motor develops the equivalent of and 167lb/ft of torque. The motor is fed by a lithium ion battery that a claimed range of 106 miles – reckons that 70% of van drivers less than 62 miles a

The Kangoo Z.E. also an Eco Mode, which restricts the performance, and that can improve by up to 10%. The van also features braking, which captures energy lost when down. This is activated as as the driver lifts off the throttle – the engine braking is so aggressive the van’s brake lights are automatically.

There’s also a neat extra that allows to check remotely their battery charge and remaining using a smartphone or computer.


The 2011 Renault Z.E. Maxi Crew we drove was actually quite a place to spend time. there is loads of space for seat occupants and the rear is equally accommodating, too.

The position feels reassuringly and the higher seating position great outward vision.

the Fluence Z.E. the van’s are instantly intuitive and logically out. There’s a simple on the left of the instrument panel indicates the battery’s level of and one to the right that shows how is being used. Blue is running, dark blue regenerative charging is happening and red you’re driving like (or to simplify, red equals fun, blue equals boring).

And there is interior is such a volume to heat, Renault and optional 5kW heater for the cabin – the uses diesel, which is in a 13-litre fuel tank and from the same filler cap the diesel-powered van uses. So you can baffle road users as you fill pure-electric van at the pumps.


Driving van is simplicity itself. Climb turn the ignition key and slot the mounted shift lever ‘D’ and off you go. Performance is really brisk to all that torque from revs, and the Kangoo gets up to quickly.

It’s limited to but that should be more enough for urban and semi-rural use – and we could all do without having speeding white van inches our tailgates.

The 2011 Kangoo Maxi Crew handles as expect, which means a amount of body roll the corners and understeer if you go into too quickly. The ride was bouncy, but this was an empty van designed to up to 650kgs of cargo, so fair


The official for the 2011 Kangoo Z.E. is 106 miles, but Renault says a conservative, careful driver can get up to 125 on a single charge. Renault makes the point that, internal combustion engines an electric vehicle is at its most when being used in and in heavy traffic.

At a standstill, an motor doesn’t use any energy, and low-speed running means efficiency.

That sounds like a likely scenario for a delivery so the Renault Kangoo Z.E. makes an even stronger for its use as an urban delivery vehicle. A charge takes between six and hours.

The electric Renault Z.E. Maxi gets the safety kit as its ICE sibling. That ABS brakes, seat belt with load limiters and an contour in the seat base you from sliding under the in a head-on collision).

Optional include a passenger airbag and lateral airbag.


The 2011 Renault Kangoo Maxi is more expensive up than its diesel sibling, but the 20% Van Grant discount takes the out of the tail.

It could still a lot of sense for businesses with operations that fall the van’s range on a single (and its 650kg payload). And as managers have an extremely handle on how their vehicles are used, this shouldn’t difficult to calculate. As it’s an vehicle with ‘zero (yes, we know), there’s zero company car tax to pay.

As when you buy the van you own everything except the which you pay a monthly lease fee To recap, contracts range 12 to 60 months with annual allowances from 6,000 to Monthly lease amounts from £60 up to £105 (that’s for a mile contract).

Compared to an ICE van, ‘fuel’ are between five and ten times and the further you go, the bigger the savings. is also claimed to be 20% lower with an ICE van – no oil changes, no filters, no belts.

But in your calculations, forget the cost of installing a charging point.

Surprisingly to drive and really quite the Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E. be a great inner city – as long as the math works Do too little mileage and you may not reap the of lower fuel and maintenance too many and you won’t have the range (our grasp of the is champion, isn’t it?).

One benefit was pointed out to us by a fleet – spending hours in the smooth and pure-electric Kangoo is vastly stressful than in a clattery manual-shift version. And a more driver is less likely to his van around a tree, which no end of cash.


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