Kangoo be bop Z.E. - Click above for high-res image gallery
Last week, Renault announced it will build the Twizy EV in Spain starting in 2011 and plug-in vehicle batteries and the Zoe Z.E. in France in 2012. But Renault's push to bring electric cars to market soon don't stop there, they've got a trinity to complete. Today, Renault said it build the all-electric Kangoo Van in early 2011 in Northern France. The Kangoo will be built at Renault's M.C.A. (Maubeuge Construction Automobile plant where the automaker also builds standard Kangoos and Renault has been building vans for twenty years.
The production van won't look like the concept be bop version that Renault unveiled in May (above), but it "will be designed for professionals, primarily for urban and suburban use," Renault says. The Kangoo, along with the sporty Zoe and the city-dwelling Twizy, gives Renault a varied collection of all-electric vehicles that, possiblye, everyday drivers will be able to buy in two or three years. Throw in alliance partner Nissan's Leaf and you're looking at the most-developed EV line-up around.
RENAULT TO PRODUCE ELECTRIC KANGOO VAN IN MAUBEUGE, FRANCE
Following news last week on the confirmed European production sites for two of its new electric cars, Renault has now announced that it will manufacture its future electric, zero-emission Kangoo Van at M.C.A. (Maubeuge Construction Automobile), in northern France, starting in the first half of 2011.
To be built on the same production line as the internal combustion-engined versions, the new model will benefit from the same expertise and supply chain as the current Kangoo. A specialist LCV (light commercial vehicle) plant for twenty years, Maubeuge currently produces Kangoo, Kangoo Van and Kangoo be bop (three-door car version available on the Continent) and is able to continuously adapt to demand and the diverse nature of these types of vehicle (for example, short and long wheelbase versions, or those with and without side windows and tailgates). The choice of this factory will also allow the Group to ramp-up industrial production quickly, while guaranteeing high build quality levels.
Kangoo be bop Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E. Concept were the precursors of the future electric Kangoo Van, which will be designed for professionals, primarily for urban and suburban use. Not only will the new model have a minimal impact on the environment, it will also boast an excellent TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) figure, making it a highly attractive solution for both individual customers and larger fleet operators.
Last week, Renault announced further details on several of its other future electric vehicles, including the news that the Group planned to take part in a French joint venture for research into the production and recycling of batteries for electric vehicles. A city car derived from the Twizy Z.E. Concept will begin production at its Valladolid plant in Spain from 2011, while another French plant, Flins, will build a car based on the Zoe Z.E. concept from 2012.
Fully aware of the issues involved in sustainable mobility, Renault will mass market a complete range of affordable zero-emission electric vehicles from 2011.