The new Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. has been voted 'Van of the Year 2012' by a panel of twenty-two journalists specialising in light commercial vehicles.
The new Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. has been voted 'Van of the Year 2012' by a panel of twenty-two journalists specialising in light commercial vehicles. What an achievement. This is the first time an electric vehicle has won this coveted prize - and the Kangoo Van Z.E. overcame stiff competition from traditionally powered vehicles such as the Volkswagen Caddy, Fiat Ducato, and Iveco Daily. In fact, this workhorse scored 104 points out of 168.Jean-Marie Hurtiger, Director of Renault’s Light Commercial Vehicle division, said: “This prize rewards the work of the people at Renault who have worked for several years on the Kangoo Van Z.E., one of Renault’s four electric vehicles to be launched in the next ten months. All of the company’s functions were involved in the adventure, including the design office, the Maubeuge plant and sales. They met the challenge in a remarkable manner, showing determination, creativity and - above all - an excellent team spirit that has now produced results.” The Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. is available in two body lengths, both of which have the same internal dimensions as their diesel powered siblings. They can also carry the same payloads. The price for this zero emissions load-lugger is £16,990 plus VAT, but that does not include its batteries. These are 'hired' from the manufacturer. Various packages are available depending on usage, including the three-year 12,000 miles per-annum contract. That costs £74 per-month plus VAT. This battery powered mile-muncher is available now.