As part of its Z.E. electric car initiative, Renault has developed the Kangoo Z.E. model that is manufactured at its Maubeuge plant, and released the electric van for retail sales in October 2011.
A total of 3,652 Kangoo Z.E. utility vans were registered in France through December 2012, and, with 2,869 units delivered in 2012, the electric van became the top selling plug-in electric vehicle in the country. During 2011, the Kangoo Z.E. sold 991 units in Europe, and cumulative sales in the region reached 6,658 units sold in the region through December 2012, with global sales of 6,665 units.
Worldwide cumulative sales passed the 10,000 mark by the start of September 2013, representing about 10% of overall Kangoo van global sales. The Kangoo Z.E. is the leader of the small all electric van segment, and the best selling electric vehicle in France, with 9,125 units registered through June 2014. The Kangoo Z.E. is Europe's top selling all-electric light commercial vehicle, with global sales of 48,821 units delivered since inception through December 2019.
The Kangoo Z.E. has the same dimensions as the internal combustion model. It uses a synchronous electric motor with rotor coil. Its peak power is 44 kW (59 hp) at 10,500rpm, while maximum torque is 226 N⋅m (167 lbf⋅ft). Its top speed is capped electronically to 130 km/h (81 mph).
The vehicle is powered by a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that delivers a combined cycle range of 170 km (110 mi) NEDC that varies depending on factors such as type of road, temperature, speed or driving style. In November 2011, the Kangoo Z.E. was voted International Van of the Year for 2012. It was also elected Electric Vehicle of the Year in 2012 and 2013 by GreenFleet.
Kangoo Z.E. Power+, released in 2017, includes four changes; new battery, new motor, new charger, and a heatpump. The new battery has a capacity of 33 kWh for a range of 270 km (170 mi) according to the NEDC cycle. The new motor R60 produces peak power 44 kW (59 hp), and is based on the R90 motor found in Renault Zoe.
It was introduced in Mexico on 15 October 2020.
Ranges: 170 km (110 mi) NEDC
Battery Capacity: 22 kWh lithium ion battery
Motor Power: 44 kW (59 hp), 226 N⋅m (167 lb⋅ft) AC synchronous