At the VansA2Z.com awards, Renault’s Kangoo Z.E. van was voted ecoVan of the year 2012. It faced some stiff competition beating Azure Dynamics Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL and the Nicholson McLaren Citroen Nemo. It was also recognised as International Van of the Year, making it the first electric vehicle to hold the prestigious title. This van has continued to impress, as I have mentioned in a previous blog that it won Van of the Year 2012.
One of the main differences between the Renault’s Kangoo Z.E. and its competitors is the unique option to hire the battery pack, making it the more affordable option. The batteries lease for £75 per month which make for a cost effective, environmentally friendly vehicle. At present, these are quite hard to come by and many people hoping to save money on their expenses, look to cheap van insurance as a means to reduce their costs.
Renault has already received 4 awards in 2011 from the What Van? Awards, including Van of the Year for this vehicle. Commenting on their success last year, Renault’s UK Director of Fleet and Commercial Vehicle Operations, Darren Payne said “We’re delighted that our LCV product and service quality efforts have been acknowledged so wholeheartedly, particularly for New Master, which is arguably one of the best vans in the market. With a fully revised LCV range this year, we’ve already made impressive gains in the UK, with market share above 7%, so with the Kangoo Van Z.E. and short wheelbase and minibus versions of New Master, set to bolster our offering still further in early 2011, we can only go from strength to strength”.
The Kangoo Z.E. is one of the first mass market manufactured, 100% electric, light commercial vehicles. It has a great reputation for smooth driving and a perfect example of the benefits associated with electric motoring. One supporter added, “It is absolutely superb, the most complete electric vehicle and very driveable – it works beautifully. I have driven it many times in many countries, including the Brighton to London Future Car Challenge, and found it works completely effortlessly. It was the worthy winner in the ecoVan category”. As it is now eligible for the Government’s Plug-in Van grant, demand for this award winning van is sure to sky rocket.