Renault’s Kangoo Express Z.E. Displayed at ICV Show at Hanover

The International Commercial Vehicle show in Hanover, Germany was the venue for the premiere of Renault’s Kangoo Express Z.E. The vehicle is an all-electric, commercial variant of the Renault Kangoo.

The Kangoo Express Z.E. is a compact commercial vehicle that runs on a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery (which comes with a separate €72 monthly cost if the vehicle is leased) that powers the electric motor to produces 44 kW (60 PS / 59 bhp) and 226 Nm (167 lb-ft) of torque. It has a range of 160 km (99 miles).

The price tag from Renault for the vehicle is  €20,000 (excluding VAT). The good news is that the Kangoo Express Z.E. can come with tax rebates of up to a €5,000 in some European countries (like France) that offer tax credits for low emissions vehicles. This would bring down the price further – to around €15,000, not including VAT. The car will be on sale in Europe by the middle of 2011.

According to Renault, charging the vehicle will only cost only about €1 to €2, depending on the price of electricity in each market. Despite this, the Kangoo Express Z.E. will have the same payload capacity of 650 kg as the standard, non-electric model says the company.

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