Renault Trucks intends to offer an all-electric range for each market segment – distribution, construction and long-haul – from 2023. As such, the company has created a number of departments specialised in electric mobility. Renault has also provided initial technical data for the Kangoo Rapid panel van.
Currently, Renault Trucks offers solutions for the requirements of urban, delivery and distribution transport as well as refuse collection with the models Master Z.E., D Z.E. and D Wide Z.E. In future, Renault Trucks intends to extend the electrification of its vehicles to all applications: a Z.E. tractor unit will be launched in 2023 to meet the needs of regional and interregional transport.
Bruno Blin, President of Renault Trucks, said:
“We’re aiming for 35% of our sales to be electric in 2030. By 2040, all our vehicle ranges will be 100% fossil-free.”
Renault has also set up a new business unit for electric mobility projects to market its new electric vehicles, which will not only sell the vehicles but also accompany and support the customers.
“This team has acquired a high level of expertise and is working to develop partnerships involving all the stakeholders (hauliers, distributors, public authorities, energy suppliers, etc.) to propose smart and competitive electric range with added value for hauliers,” according to Renault Trucks.
This includes, for example, the installation of charging infrastructure, repair and maintenance or financing and insurance.
Renault reveals first details of the new electric Kangoo
Renault also has news in the light commercial vehicle segment. The French manufacturer has unveiled the new Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric, which will be launched on the market in June 2021 and will also be offered again in a fully electric variant from 2022. The Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric is powered by a 75 kW electric motor and draws its energy from a lithium-ion battery with 44 kWh capacity, which is said to provide a range of around 265 kilometres. In Eco mode, the power is throttled down to 55 kW.
The battery should be able to be charged with up to 22 kW AC or 75 kW DC. At a fast-charging station with the corresponding power, the battery should be able to be charged to 80 per cent in 42 minutes. At 22 kW AC charging points, a full charge takes exactly two hours, according to Renault. With 11 kW it should be 4:30 hours, with 7.4 kW seven hours. At a household socket, Renault specifies a charging time of 26 hours.
There will also be a Mercedes-Benz version of the Kangoo. As a commercial vehicle, it will be the new edition of the Citan, while the passenger car version will be called the T-Class.