Renault Australia will import the Renault Kangoo ZE all-electric small van next year, but on a trial-only basis.

Speaking at the national launch of the facelifted Renault Megane range, managing director Justin Hocevar, confirmed that there has been interest in the Renault Kangoo ZE from “a business” and that the company is working with them to bring a small batch of the small vans to Australia.

“With Kangoo ZE we’re only working on a small trial with one partner that has shown some interest,” he told.

“It will be a small number of vehicles [but] it won’t be this year. It will be next year some time.”

Renault Kangoo ZE 2

Asked how much the Kangoo ZE would cost, Hocevar explained that “given that it’s a small volume trial, the vehicle price is not an issue.

“The vehicles will be put into a trial on a buy-back basis.

“We’d be selling the vehicle or leasing the vehicle to the partner, then buying it back after the lease period.”

He did, however, hint that Renault Australia would not make money from the program, but would instead use it as learning model.

Renault Kangoo ZE 3

“The trial would be one that we could do a few things: collectively learn how to operate a back to base zero emissions electric vehicle; and, secondly use it as a test case that … the emissions benefit is worthy of some [government] support”.

That support is required, argues Hocevar, for the Renault Zoe, the company’s other production electric vehicle offering, to be sold locally (read more here).

The Renault Kangoo uses an electric motor with 44kW of power and 226Nm of torque, fed by 22kWh lithium-ion batteries that take up to eight hours to recharge via a household power outlet to provide a 170km total driving range.




  • Phil

    This I would have. Makes more sense than importing the Zoe.

  • LC

    I heard that couriers only drive 170kms a day. Yep.

    Commuters can get away with it, but the people after a vehicle like this can’t. This needs to be a plug-in hybrid, not a full EV.

    • Phil

      The French postal service ordered 10,000 of them, so they are obviously suitable for some delivery situations. If you operate on a set daily route there are scenarios it would work well for. Probably not so much in Australia, but in Europe where Renault found buyers of the diesel Kangoo drove on average only 50km a day, definitely.

    • ketuy

      Most couriers work in heavily built up areas and would be doing less than 170kms a day.

    • SmartBogan

      As the owner of a courier company, I can relate by saying that most couriers are allocated parts/suburbs in which to work in, hence don’t do 170km a day.

      So it should be fine, unless you’re FedEx or something major with ~40km between drop off/pick up.

      • LC

        What you three aren’t considering are what will happen to the range when the vehicle is laden, as I expect will be commonplace with this sort of car. Will it still get 170kms with all those pot plants in the back?

        Electric cars may be tax exempt for now, but they’ll never be exempt from the laws of physics. More weight = more energy to move, meaning reduced range.

        Note that this is before you take into consideration what’ll happen as the
        battery wears out over time, just like the one in your phone does.

    • Guest

      What @disqus_PUHKsntgoT:disqus, @f0eaa2347ba1ecf389368c83d3cadced:disqus and @f95b0a39da1488770f8fea77f8e6546e:disqus aren’t considering are what will happen to the range when the vehicle is laden, as I excpect will be commonplace with this sort of car. Will it still get 170kms with all those pot plants in the back?

      Electric cars may be tax exempt for now, but they’ll never be exempt from the laws of physics. More weight = more energy to move, meaning reduced range.

      Note that this is before you take into consideration what’ll happen as the
      battery wears out over time, just like the one in your phone does.

  • LowRezFez

    Add rear seats

    • poupou33

      Exists In France with rear seats…. Maybe soon In austarlia. Nevertheless Zoé is much more confortable and improved EV car.

  • Tree

    Put me down for one of these!