The vehicle may be a little funny looking (at least to some of us), but Renault is seriously celebrating both the sales and accolades of its all-electric Kangoo Z.E. utility van. The French automaker says the Kangoo retained the title of "Electric Vehicle of the Year" in the annual GreenFleet Awards, beating out the "commended" vehicles, the Vauxhall Ampera and the Nissan Leaf. The awards were recently presented ceremoniously by Fifth Gear's Jonny Smith at UK's Emirates Stadium. No word on whether Smith tried to get one of the Kangoo vehicles sideways.

Renault also said the model has moved more than 11,000 units since its debut in late 2011. The Kangoo Z.E., which received a styling upgrade and interior improvements earlier this year, has a single-charge range of about 100 miles.

Renault and sister company Nissan said in July that they collectively moved past the 100,000-unit threshold for its electric vehicles since Nissan started selling its Leaf in the US in 2010. Most - more than 70 percent - were sold through Nissan, and while Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has been full-speed-ahead on EV development, Renault's EV sales have been widely reported to be less than expected. Other Renault EVs include the Twizy, the Zoe and the Fluence Z.E. Check out Renault's press release below.
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RENAULT'S PROLIFIC KANGOO VAN Z.E. RETAINS GREENFLEET

ELECTRIC TROPHY

Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. proved its firepower at the home of the Gunners by retaining its GreenFleet Awards 'Electric Vehicle of the Year' title.

Arsenal's Emirates Stadium was a fitting location for the French brand and last year's International Van of the Year to land another trophy, which was presented by Fifth Gear presenter Jonny Smith. The London club hosted Public Sector Information magazine GreenFleet's annual awards on 17th October.

Judges, including the editorial and research team and independent representatives from the likes of ICFM (Institute of Car Fleet Management), said Kangoo Van Z.E. "was more than a worthy winner again" and had no hesitation in reinstating it as the Electric Vehicle of the Year.

GreenFleet's Colin Boyton, one of the judges, said: "As well as winning last year's Electric Vehicle of the Year award from GreenFleet, it scooped 'Ecovan of the Year' and 'International Van of the Year' accolades. It is more than a worthy winner again."

Kangoo Van Z.E. is Europe's best-selling small electric van with sales of over 11,000. Since its launch at the end of 2011, it has been acclaimed repeatedly by the media and secured International Van of The Year award in 2012.

The zero-emission LCV was restyled in June and now features Renault's new styling identity. In the cabin, the dashboard has been refreshed and enhanced, and owners can now programme the battery to charge remotely to benefit from off-peak electricity rates using their computer or smartphone thanks to the 'My Z.E. inter@ctive' pack.

Visit www.renault.co.uk for more information.


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      stumpy
      • 8 Days Ago
      I would love to see this offered in the sates but with a nissan badge
        Marcopolo
        • 8 Days Ago
        @stumpy
        @ stumpy Just curious, but since it would be the same vehicle, why would you prefer a Japanese badge rather than a French badge ?
          Santini Brice
          • 8 Days Ago
          @Marcopolo
          But it didn't catch fire when hiting a stone on the road ;-)
          • 8 Days Ago
          @Marcopolo
          If it was French it would give up sooner
      Spec
      • 8 Days Ago
      I still think lots of local delivery services should snap these up like crazy. Yes, they have a high up-front cost. But the maintenance costs are extremely low and fueling costs are extremely low. Every postal service with daily short delivery routes should be buying these like crazy.
      Santini Brice
      • 8 Days Ago
      wait for the E-N200 Then XD
      Marcopolo
      • 8 Days Ago
      I can't but feel a little sad that the success of a really important vehicle like the Kangoo ZE van, attracts only one positive comment from Spec, while a throw away remark by Elon Musk attracts hundreds of comments. Carlos Ghosn, and Renault-Nissan, may not have attract the sort of attention and passion aroused by Tesla, but Carlos Ghosn has sold more than 100,000 affordable EV's to ordinary people. As the CEO of an existing OEM (actually 3 OEM's) he has fought a tremendous battle, against great odds, to introduce volume production EV's on a world scale. If the research being conducted into lithium-sulfur batteries, proves successful, it's vehicles like the Kangoo which will benefit greatly. Early results suggest that a range of 260-300 miles might be obtained for this class of vehicle, with a battery cost reduction of about 70 %. (although battery replacement life expectancy will be halved). For EV primarily for commercial use, battery replacement is not such an important issue. (The irony of the Kangoo EV receiving it's award at the UK's Emirates Stadium, is a nice touch) .