Kangoo Z.E., the forerunner in the Z.E. range and Europe's leading electric compact van, was restyled in June 2013. Featuring the new front end expressing its brand identity, New Kangoo Z.E. is immediately identifiable as a member of the Z.E. family with its blue-tinted diamond logo and rear light extensions and black headlight surrounds. It is now available with Renault R-Link, the connected multimedia system. Still available in two lengths and three configurations with up to five seats, it maintains all the useful features of the preceding version alongside the driving comfort of an electric vehicle.
Overall, more than 10,000 vehicles are on the road in twenty European countries, of which several hundred for postal services in France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Holland, Austria and Switzerland, where its drivability has won widespread praise. It is also appreciated by companies watching their energy expenditure, as well by municipalities, parks and hospitals, looking for smooth, quiet operation. These qualities are reflected in the 95% satisfaction rate expressed by Kangoo Z.E. drivers. (Source: Institut MaxiPhone, 2012).
These qualities are also illustrated by the many awards received by Kangoo Z.E for its functions and drivability, including the coveted International Van of the Year 2012. Just after its launch, New Kangoo Z.E. also received the Auto Environnement prize in the LCV category from the MAAF insurance company in France. Awarded by a panel of journalists, this prize recognizes the efforts made by manufacturers to protect the environment.
Zoe, leading the way for electric vehicles in Europe
Renault ZOE has sold 6 000 vehicles in eleven European countries, making it the leader in its category. Since arriving in German dealerships in June for example, it has already attracted 600 buyers.
In Germany, 25 ZOE vehicles have been ordered as part of the electric mobility project Hamburg - WaS (Wirtschaft am Strom), funded by the government. This takes the number of Renault electric vehicles involved in the project to 150. The arrival of ZOE adds a new dimension to the charging network deployed across the project area. Equipped with the Cameleon charger, the all-electric hatchback is the only electric vehicle on the market able to make full use of the 22 kW delivered by the public and private charging stations, charging its battery to 80% in one hour
« Broader deployment of public charging stations »
Public charging stations are gradually being deployed across all European countries. Their number doubled between 2011 and 2012 to reach 22,000 in mid-2013. Of these stations, 4,000 deliver 11 and 22 kW, charging a ZOE battery to 80% in two hours and one hour respectively, compared with nine hours for other electric vehicles on the market. In Germany, most of the 2,400 charging points installed are of this type.
Depending on local and national initiatives, this infrastructure is deployed by zones, with a high concentration of charging stations of many different types. For example, the Seine Aval area outside Paris in France has installed 130 charging points, of which 48 are accessible to the public, as part of the SAVE trial. This real-world trial aimed to develop expertise in the deployment of an eco-system dedicated to electric mobility. At the end of the project, 45 charging stations featuring the latest technical developments were left open to the public. They can be found in retail center car parks, on the street, in public car parks and in service stations. In the Seine Aval area, you are never more than 15 km from an public electric charging station.