New Renault Kangoo Z.E. Gets Larger Battery, Motor, Charger And Heat Pump

3 months ago by Mark Kane 19

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

This summer Renault is introducing four major upgrades for the Kangoo Z.E. – a new battery, a new motor, a new charger and the incorporation of a heat pump for the climate control system.

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

The battery option is the new Z.E. 33 (33 kWh), which extends range by around 50% compared to previous one:

  • 270 km (168 miles) NEDC compared to 170 km
  • 200 km (124 miles) real range in the summer (previously 125 km)
  • 120 km / 135 km (84 miles) with heat pump in the winter

The new electric motor is still rated at 44 kW (225 Nm), but this time it’s all-Renault designed and produced, which should help with costs.

On-board charger power has (thankfully) doubled to 7 kW (now required 6-hours for a full recharge).

And finally, for the very first time in an electric LCV, there is a heat pump. Additionally, Renault has implemented a pre-heating feature.  All welcome additions.

Here is a set of new photos of the Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33), as well as a couple video featurettes (at bottom):

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Z.E. 33)

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19 responses to "New Renault Kangoo Z.E. Gets Larger Battery, Motor, Charger And Heat Pump"

  1. Camper Van version Option?

  2. drpawansharma says:

    Why not a 41 kWh battery a la Zoe

  3. Rick Bronson says:

    “The battery option is the new Z.E. 33 (33 kWh), which extends range by around 50% compared to previous one:”

    270 km / 170 km * 100 = 58% or roughly 60% and not 50 %.

    Wow, so Kangoo ZE is both a Van and a Pickup that is configurable and I like it.

    And what about the cost. Hope they will apply the same motor improvements in upcoming Leaf as well. Great job Renault/Nissan.

  4. David Murray says:

    44kw motor? This thing must be slow as molasses. Even a C-Max Energi in EV-Mode would be about to outrun it.

    1. Alan says:

      At 53 years old, even I could take that on a standing start !

      1. Assaf says:

        It’s not meant for racing, it’s meant for short-haul deliveries in stop-and-go traffic in European cities.

        The LCV is the European analogue to the American pickup truck, sans the machoistic ego-boosting waste element.

        If the cost of this thing is attractive, and volumes are sufficient, it might start wiping out the ICE versions, and in particular diesel.
        At least in France.

    2. Jason says:

      I thought the same thing. Leaf with 80kW motor can struggle up some hills with a load, imagine this van going up a hill with a load? You’d the to get out and push!

    3. arne-nl says:

      I drove this thing a few times and in city traffic it’s a blast to drive. More than enough accelerations. Strong regen, no creep.

      At highway speeds it indeed becomes slower to accelerate. But hey, come on guys, this is a friggin’ van, not a racecar. Compared to its peers, performance is adequate.

    4. Bill Howland says:

      “Slow as Molasses”.

      Well, they laughed at the VW microbuses which had even less horsepower. But it came to be an iconic vehicle in the States.

      Clean ’60’s models fetch over $100,000. Amazing.

      I found the old-school analog dashboard along with huge cargo space rather appealing.

      I’m intrigued by the LARGE IMPROVED 7 kw charger (10 amperes @ 400 volts assuming polyphase charging is allowed) in ‘overwired France’. Maybe this is to keep the ultimate cost of the vehicle down – rather as the BOLT ev is not perfect, but being built down to a price, and doing the major things right, is an excellent value.

  5. Nada says:

    Ezcellent news for the EU but where is Nissians veraion in the US 🙁

    1. William says:

      The US could, once and for all, use the importation of the French Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 version, of their cute SMALL load HANDling, waste hauling, Trump Duck. Nissan Corporate to the US, “No soup for you”!

  6. notting says:

    Difference to http://insideevs.com/renault-launches-master-z-e-full-size-electric-commercial-van/ except for the heat pump and no word about the Master Z.E. here?

    “On-board charger power has (thankfully) doubled to 7 kW (now required 6-hours for a full recharge).”

    Which makes is quite unsuited as family car (the Kangoo ICE (the one with at least 5 seats of course) is quite often sold as family car). And for that, more battery capacity would be better (like 41kWh from Zoe).

    Why not 11kW 3-phase AC? Zoe is also able to do that and it’s still just 0.3C.

    notting

    1. aip says:

      I really don’t get the 7kW either. In Europe, certainly north and west, most houses have 3x25A grid connection, so 11kW makes so much more sense.

      1. Davek says:

        Worse than that, at least in Germany, you’re limited to 20A (4.6kW) if you’re charging on one phase. Anything above that is welcome, but the car had better be able to digest three phases.

        Any word on DCFC on the Kangoo?

  7. orinoco says:

    I guess the Kangoo is still not meant to inhouse compete with the Nissan e-nv200 Evalia.

    But when I look at some pictures it is meant to compete with the DHL/Deutsche Post-Streetscooter. Still no real fast charging. 7kW looks like just one phase, instead of three phase 11kW.

    No, this Kangoo isn’t meant for the private consumer. Especially now that German Continental announced an enhanced, fast charging, universal loader with V2D.

  8. Rich says:

    Looks like they could add another foot to the bed of the truck and make a pickup out of it.
    This multi-optioned approach is great. Hopefully, they’ll continue to work on upgrading range and battery life.

    Mary Barra said GM was going to build multiple vehicles on the Bolt platform. Hopefully, we’ll see a similar approach coming out of GM.

  9. Cavaron says:

    The “box”-version looks like a direct attack at the Street-Scooter-Van from DHL/German Post Service.

  10. Jason says:

    If that cut away image is anywhere near accurate, it seems like lots more room for batteries. It would be great if they offered a single battery model, and then a double battery model. 66kWh for an additional $5k to $10k sounds like it could be reasonable.

  11. peetah says:

    they need a CCS Combo charger and this would be much more practical.

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