The Kangoo is priced between £16,990 and £18,690 ($27,640 and $30,410 U.S. at current exchange rates) with a required £59 ($96) per-month lease on the battery. Renault has been able to reduce prices and get the Kangoo to market relatively quickly because it builds the EV version of the van on the same production lines that are already cranking out the internal combustion Kangoo. With a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery, the van is expected to get over 100 miles on a change, making it well suited to the demands of most postal routes and other commercial uses.
In 2012, Renault expects to add the Fluence sedan, compact Zoe, and the unique Twizy to its line of EVs. However, the on-again off-again support from the French government may slow the release of some vehicles.
October 28, 2011
Renault has won the first lot of a call for bids initiated by the public authorities and organized by the public procurement organization UGAP.
More than 15,000 Kangoo Z.E. models are to be ordered over a four-year period by 19 of France's largest companies, which took part in the call for bids.
This success confirms the relevance of Renault's Electric Vehicle business model and the intrinsic qualities of Kangoo Z.E.
Electric vehicles are a reality at Renault today, for private and professional customers alike. A total 15,637 Kangoo Z.E. models have been ordered by the 19 companies taking part in the call for bids, of which 10,000 for La Poste, 1,500 for ERDF, 1,200 for UGAP, 510 for Veolia Environnement, 450 for GDF-Suez and 330 for Spie.
Multi-phase selection process
Renault has won the first lot in a call for bids initiated a year and a half ago by the public authorities, which called on La Poste chairman Jean-Paul Bailly to form a group of orders from large companies interested in acquiring electric vehicles. The invitation to tender was entrusted to the public procurement organization UGAP.
The first phase of the selection process was referred to as "competitive dialog". Every month, the carmakers taking part in the call for bids met with purchasing representatives from the order group to answer their questions, present the Renault Z.E. range and feed back their needs. This phase was used to build a panorama of the offering and draw up the technical specifications meeting the needs of the members of the order group.
Kangoo Z.E., the first affordable 100% electric van
Renault Kangoo Z.E, the first range of full-electric vans, priced from €15,000 (in France, ex VAT, €5,000 environmental bonus deducted), has been available to order in France across the entire Renault network since September 30. It will be making its first physical appearance at more than 370 dealership in France today, followed by gradual launch in all European countries.
Kangoo Z.E. is produced at the Maubeuge plant in France along with its internal-combustion sister. The plant has been specialized in the production of light commercial vehicles for 20 years and is able to continuously adapt to the diversity inherent to this type of vehicle (short and long versions, panel version, etc.) and to sales demand. The choice of Maubeuge enables rapid industrialization while ensuring extremely high quality.
Commenting J. Stoll, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing & Light Commercial Vehicles said: "This success by Renault confirms the relevance of our electric vehicle offering – products and services alike – with business customers. The 19 large companies acquiring Kangoo Z.E. were attracted to its intrinsic qualities and by our original business model, based in particular on battery rental. I would like to warmly thank the customers in the call for bids that placed their trust in us and the Renault employees that made this possible."
Companies taking part in the call for bids: ADP, Air France, Areva, Bouygues, EDF, ERDF, Eiffage, France Télécom Orange, GDF Suez, GRT Gaz, GrDF, La Poste, RATP, SAUR, SNCF, SPIE, Suez Environnement, UGAP, Vinci et Véolia.