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Kangoo Maxi ZE. Click to enlarge.

Renault is adding a fifth model to its lineup of four electric vehicles (earlier post), the new Kangoo Maxi ZE; Renault will thus have two electric vehicles in the small van segment by the end of 2011, the other being the Kangoo Express ZE. Kangoo Maxi ZE is an extended version of Kangoo ZE which was unveiled at last year’s Hanover Motor Show, in Germany. The wheelbase has been lengthened by almost 40cm to obtain an overall length of 4.60 meters, and the van will be available in two- and five-seater form.

The first of these two versions essentially targets transport use. Its two front seats are separated from the cargo carrying area by an optional bulkhead. This configuration optimizes Kangoo Maxi ZE’s carrying capacity, resulting in a carrying capacity of up to 4.6m3 (which is 1.1m3 more than Kangoo ZE) and maximum load length of up to 2.90 meters.

Its height of 1.82 metres permits access to underground car parks. The equipment and options that can be ordered for the internal combustion-engined version of Kangoo Maxi will also be available for Kangoo Maxi ZE.

The crew van version of Kangoo Maxi ZE comes with a 60/40-split folding rear benchseat and seats up to five occupants. This modular van can be put into one of four different interior layouts depending on the number of passengers. The rear benchseat folds away into the floor to produce a completely flat deck and free up almost 3.4m3 of carrying space.

A 44kW, (226 N·m) synchronous electric motor with rotor coil underneath the hood is powered by a 22kWh lithium-ion battery located beneath the floor. The Maxi ZE features a direct transmission with a reduction gear. The vehicle’s combined-cycle range of 170 km (106 miles) NEDC can vary one way or the other depending on factors such as type of road, temperature, speed or driving style. Top speed is limited to 130 km/h (81 mph).

To optimize range management, the dashboard has been revised to incorporate a new HMI (Human Machine Interface) which displays the battery’s level of charge and the vehicle’s remaining range (in kilometers). Eco-driving systems and the ability to pre-heat the vehicle while the battery is being charged have also been developed. To further optimize range and reassure customers, Renault will market a number of connected services, tailored to meet the needs of individual motorists (Connected Pack) or fleet managers (Fleet Asset Management).

Kangoo Maxi ZE will go on sale in autumn 2011 in Europe at a pre-tax price of €21,200 (US$29,000)—not including the battery subscription—for the two-seater version, or €22,000 (US$30,000) for the five-seater crew van version. The €5,000 subsidy available in certain countries such as France will bring this price down to the equivalent of that of a diesel Kangoo Maxi, i.e. €16,200 (US$22,000) and €17,000 (US$23,000) respectively.

As is the case for the rest of its electric vehicle range, Renault separates ownership of the vehicle and battery. Customers will either buy or lease their vans and take out a monthly subscription for the battery, with pre-tax prices starting from €72/month (US$99). Renault calculates that running costs—including battery lease, the electricity required for battery charging (average for a full charge: €1.5) and maintenance—will be similar to those of an equivalent internal combustion-engined vehicle when the annual distance travelled is less than 15,000 km (9,300 miles). They will be competitive when the annual distance travelled exceeds this figure.

Kangoo Maxi ZE carries over the same overall interior and exterior styling as the internal combustion-engined version. The model will be built at Renault’s MCA plant (Maubeuge Carrosserie Automobile) in France, on the same lines as those which manufacture the rest of the Kangoo range.

By the end of 2011, the Kangoo line-up will offer business customers a range of vans with seven models, a choice of three lengths and three energy types (gasoline, diesel or electric).



Interesting purchase-rental approach for buyers who do not want to invest more than the ICE equivalent for a BEV. Considering that battery rental + e-energy cost would be about equivalent or less than high price fuel, it is a win-win proposition with a zero pollution potential.


Cool. In France, they would mainly drive on nuclear power.

Henry Gibson

By doing some creative accounting, as some are already doing for wind and solar electricity, the electricity for these automobiles could be purchased as 100 percent ultra low carbon nuclear energy.

The carbon released by the need to build and operate nuclear power plants and supplying fuel to them is easily compensated for in a few months of operation by the lack of needing to burn coal to supply the power that is now supplied by splitting uranium atoms.

Potassium 40 is naturally radioactive and is mixed with Potassium 39 and potassium 41 in all naturally potassium containing minerals, oceans, lakes, plants and animals including humans. All of these things are naturally radioactive, have always been radioactive and will remain so for many billions of years. Potassium 40 represents a little more than 0.01 percent of all potassium, but it still means that a 70 kg person has 4400 atoms of potassium explode within the body every second. The persons cells are ionized by the high energy beta particles released far worse than the radiation from a Cathode ray tube. The person's bed companions are measurably exposed to the released X ray like gamma rays.

The half life of potassium 40 is about 1.3 billion years, which means that there was four times as much or more when the earth formed from dust, and a little more than half the amount will be on the earth a billion years from now.

By then a creature weighing 70 kg will have only 2200 potassium explosions in itself every second. Bananas and oranges have a lot of potassium in them and all natural plant and animal foods have some. Refined plant oils have almost no potassium as does ethanol.

Drinking ethanol must have some radioactive carbon 14 or it is deemed to be falsified from fossil fuels which have nearly no measurable radioactive carbon 14 in them because it has a half life of about 5000 years. Drinking ethanol can be falsified by chemical processes from animal dung or cellulostic ethanol.

When the news media and the general populace come to realize the amount of radioactive foods we eat every day which contain uranium, thorium and other radioactive elements as well as potassium 40, then the false worries about the dangers of radioactive products of reactors will diminish. Every bit of water in the ocean and every drop of water from natural wells and most rivers contain radioactive uranium and other elements and any small water leakages into fission product storage facilities will not increase the danger to the human race by radioactivity any greater than the water now has.

The failure to adopt more fully nuclear electricity and other fission energy will shorten the lives of far more people than using it has or expanding it will.

Per horse power hour provided, the use of automobiles and other transportation has killed far more people than commercial nuclear power, and in the case of airplanes at least has exposed them to far more nuclear radiation, but nobody has demanded that Japan close its airports, roads and automobile parking lots.

Indeed, even nuclear electricity could be used for making the steel, and the cement and concrete and even to make carbon containing liquid fuels from recycled CO2 for all standard fuel needs for mining of Uranium and construction of all facilities needed to make and use nuclear electricity, thus making nuclear electricity even lower CO2 release.

Nuclear electricity can be made carbon negative also by replacing the use of natural gas with heat pumps in many cases. And electric cars and lorries run on nuclear electricity are carbon negative versus bio-fuel operated ones which are hardly ever even half carbon neutral. ..HG..

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