New Renault KANGOO Z.E. To Add 50% More Range – 124 Miles (200 km) In Real Conditions

3 months ago by Mark Kane 25

Renault KANGOO Z.E.

Renault KANGOO Z.E.

Renault has announced a major upgrade for its  KANGOO Z.E., which soon will get both a new battery and motor – similar to that of its EV stablemate, the Renault.

Renault KANGOO Z.E.

Renault KANGOO Z.E.

Details are to be revealed on January 13 at the 2017 European Motor Show in Brussels, Belgium.

The only thing that Renault has announced for now is more than a 50% improvements in range *58% to be specific).

Previously, a 22 kWh pack offered 106 miles (170 km) under NEDC.

The new battery of undisclosed size will enable to drive 168 miles (270 km) under NEDC  (up 59%) or 124 miles (200 km) in real conditions.

We assume that new KANGOO Z.E. will utilize new LG Chem battery cells and motor shared from the new ZOE Z.E. 40. (details), which has a 41 kWh battery on board.

“Renault Pro+ will equip the latest KANGOO Z.E. with a new motor/battery package that will increase the model’s driving range by more than 50 percent, from 170km to 270km NEDC(2). That is equivalent of 200km in real conditions.

The New KANGOO Z.E. offers the longest available driving range in the small van market.

The KANGOO Z.E. is a completely practical solution for environmentally-conscious business customers who have praised the driving enjoyment it delivers, as well as its carrying capacity and competitive operating costs.

The New KANGOO Z.E. is made at Renault’s Maubeuge plant in northern France.”

Hat tip to Adrian W!

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25 responses to "New Renault KANGOO Z.E. To Add 50% More Range – 124 Miles (200 km) In Real Conditions"

  1. notting says:

    And still just 2-3kW single phase AC charge although the Zoe of the same generation can do 11-43kW three phase AC?! (no word about that in the article…)

    notting

    1. Counter-Strike Cat says:

      Well, largest customer base are fleets or local businesses, which do charge over night and then do their 50-100 km daily tour. They simply don’t need faster charging. Sure, would be great to see faster charging as option.

      1. notting says:

        … because due to that it’s completely uninteresting for families 🙁
        And I e.g. know electricians with an ICE Kangoo who need much more range because they have many smaller work to do (of course crisscross because they can’t change the order of the appointments) in maybe the same area somebody could make a well planed tour with that range…

        notting

        1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

          There is Kangoo ZE-H2 with range extender from Symbio.
          http://insideevs.com/kangoo-ze-h2-ev-fuel-cell-sets-new-range-record/
          Paris may restrict regular diesels from downtown, and other cities in Europe planning it too, so companies there will need some alternative soon.
          Families don’t buy such vans anyway, it is commercial vehicle.

          1. notting says:

            1. Old Diesel engines (except for the official historic vehicles which is >25 years and in good condition and you do the right steps) were already thrown out of down down in some German cities some years ago.
            2. I know many families who have or had a Kangoo ICE. Even my parents were thinking about that (but instead bought a Scenic I – which I also prefered).

            notting

            1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

              2. I guess you mean passenger version of Kangoo with rear windows. I’m not sure but my understanding is that Kangoo Z.E is made as van version only.

              1. notting says:

                https://www.renault.de/modellpalette/renault-modelluebersicht/kangoo-ze/konfigurator.html -> 02 VERSIONEN -> 5-Sitzer = with 5 seats (“Doppelkabine” = wall between front and rear seats). You’ll see the windows in the according images.

                notting

  2. Someone out there says:

    About time! But where is the update to the LEAF and the e-NV200?

  3. Kevin C. says:

    So, why is Nissan not selling the eNV200 with a larger pack in the states?
    I don’t get it.

    It would be good PR and excellent EV propaganda.

    1. Foob says:

      Nissan aren’t selling a bigger pack anywhere. Renault seem to have decided to go forward with 40kwh, but I wonder if Nissan had 40kwh plans that they’re scrambling to improve as the Bolt arrives on the market?

      1. poupou33 says:

        Actually this is a 33 kWh battery pack with Zoe’s engine and heat pump …

  4. Ocean Railroader says:

    Meanwhile as the electric cars under go rapid evolution to allow them to exist in rural areas were chargers are rare.

    The aging Dino cars try to cope with this new species of creatures seeking out new niches. The old car makers react by sticking their heads in the EPA’s tar pit hoping that for some unknown reason they will be able to not cut back on the use of dino juice.

  5. Just_Chris says:

    The eNV200 is based on the leaf platform which has a totally different battery. I assume that the eNV200 will get upgraded when (if?) the new leaf ever turns up. Hopefully they’ll send it to the states with a 60 kWh ish battery, which would be nice

    1. William says:

      eNV200 would be welcome and appreciated if they brought it Stateside. 60 kWh battery please. Oh, and left side driver lay out!

  6. Rick Bronson says:

    Good Job Nissan/Renault combo.

    Thanks for reducing the price of Leaf S (107 mile range) by nearly $3,000.

    Leaf is now in its 7th model year and its high time they launch the next gen Leaf in 2018 with 50% more range.

    Ideally they can also sell Zoe in USA & Canada under Nissan make.

    Since Mitsu is now in Nissan’s control, the iMiev can be pulled out since its Worldwide sales don’t even exceed 1,000 units / year.

    1. Jeff Songster says:

      Eagerly awaiting Carlos Ghosn’s address at CES and NAIAS next month. Hopefully the LEAF 2 and other announcements. Hopefully 30 to 60kWh… Range of 107, 180, and 250 miles… gonna be interesting. It would also be awesome if they did a retrofit pack for their older cars just to be more eco friendly and keep them on the road longer.

      As for Mitsubishi… iMiev could still be useful at the right price points if they could get 48kWh of battery into it… 180 miles with a CHAdeMO goes a long way here in CA. Even if they only doubled it to 32kWh and got 130 miles of range at under 20k price… still works for me.

      1. Ocean Railroader says:

        The hideously low range is currently the only thing that would stop me from buying a Mitsubishi i-miev.

        I think even if they put the existing 2016 leaf battery into the i-miev they could create a 150 mile range car.

        1. Even if Mitsubishi just adds an up sized battery to 24 kWh, giving the little Jelly Bean some 85-95 miles range, it could start selling in the 100’s again! 32 kWh should give it about 110-125 miles range!

          The current motor, controler, and even 16 kWh battery, plus BMS & CHAdeMO would be great if they would make it for sale to EV Conversion specialists, with a label “iMiEV Inside” and permission for service at iMiEV dealerships!

          1. Just_Chris says:

            I love that idea, after market innovation is really lacking at the moment. Crazy people in sheds are truly amazing

      2. wavelet says:

        Jeff,
        You & Ocean Roadster are very unrealistic (-:
        You do realize the current i-MiEV has a 16kWh pack underneath the rear seats, right? There’s no way a 3x larger pack can be fitted anywhere on anything remotely the same sized. And as a small city car, it doesn’t need range larger than anything else except a Bolt/Tesla.
        What can be done, and very simply, is replacing the cells with current-chemistry ones, that have 1.5x the energy density as the 2009-era design. This can be done without changing the form factor or weight of the battery at all, or virtually anything else about the car. It would therefore yield a ~100-110mi car, which is quite enough for the class of car. The upgrade would be very cost-effective, since the design is basically already amortized.

        1. Some Guy says:

          Considering that the iMiEV battery pack consists of cells which have a very low energy density, one could easily upgrade to higher capacity in existing space, using cells with higher energy density.
          For example, the i3 battery pack capacity was increased by approx. 50% by switching to cells with higher energy density (size did not change). Another increase was already announced by BMW to come in the future. And even the old i3 cells already had a higher energy density than the iMiEV cells.

          So I estimate that one could at least double the range of the iMiEV without even switching to fancy Kreisel electric battery pack designs.

  7. Kevin C. says:

    Is there any chance the Renault pack has thermal management? A little heating and cooling goes a long way in battery preservation.

  8. Pete says:

    Thats great, Ghosn is great CEO. Hopefully the e-nv200 gets also the 44 kWh battery (41 kWh net).

  9. Poupou33 says:

    Actually this is a 33 kWh battery pack with Zoe’s engine and heat pump …

    1. Ralf K. says:

      You’re right, 33 kWh.

      And a Renault Master with 33 kWh and similar drivetrain was announced as well.

      http://www.motor-talk.de/news/der-master-faehrt-bald-elektrisch-t5915115.html

      Speculating, this could be a double iMiev battery, beefed up from 88 to 2×96=192 cells.

      Or it could be a Zoe 44 kWh (gross) battery but with only 33 kWh (net) promised to extend life-time and smooth out degradation over time.

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