Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. voted International Van of the Year 2012

By fitting the battery under the floor of Kangoo Van Z.E., Renault has kept the same load capacity and dimensions as the internal-combustion version

With 104 points out of a possible 168, Kangoo Van Z.E. won the coveted International Van of the Year prize, beating the Iveco Daily, Fiat Ducato and VW Caddy. The award was presented to Jean-Marie Hurtiger, Director of Renault’s Light Commercial Vehicle division, on the eve of the 14th International Trailer Show in Belgium in October 2011.

Jury chairman Pieter Wieman explained: “With the Kangoo Van Z.E. Renault brings the electric van within the reach of the normal European van user,” he said, “thereby delivering a major contribution to environmental sustainability, one of the most important issues of the transport of goods by road nowadays.”

It is the first time that an electric vehicle has won this prize, competing against numerous internal-combustion engined vans. The jury chose Kangoo Van Z.E. for its zero-emission (which means zero-emission in use) virtues, as well as for its practical and economical qualities.

The Kangoo Van Z.E., was launched into the UK on 1st December 2011. It is the first of four vehicles in the Renault Z.E. range to be launched and is priced from £16,990 excluding VAT. The battery is hired for a monthly fee with a variety of mileage and duration permutations. For example, a 3 year/12,000 miles per annum contract is £74 per month excluding VAT.

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