It's been a while since the design of the Renault Kangoo Z.E. was finalized (Hey, that was easy. It's much the same as the existing gas/diesel versions, differentiated on the exterior by a small charging door on the front and a chrome badge on the rear. Boom. Done!) and although it's not due to actually hit the market until the middle of next year, the price has just been announced on the occasion of its presentation at the 2010 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany. For just €20,000 pre-VAT (U.S. $26,690 at today's excahnge rate) Europeans can have their own 160-kilometer (100-mile) light van.
If that price seems far too reasonable, consider this minor detail: it doesn't include the battery. The subscription fee for the 22 kWh power pack is an extra €72 pre-VAT ($96.32) per month, and that's fairly acceptable given the gap between the price of petrol and electricity. It should be interesting to learn what type of procedure might be involved when the battery reaches the end of its viable life, though. Will they stop charging you the fee and let you keep it or will they replace it with a new unit?
Although the interior space is equal to that of its fuel-burning brethren, there are a few differences. The Kangoo Z.E. gets its own dash display with an econometer that measures current energy usage as well as battery level and remaining range and other metrics. It also has pre-heating and pre-cooling available when it's plugged in so range is not diminshed to acclimate the cabin before you begin driving. Pre-orders are being taken now. Hit the jump for all the details in the official press release.