Renault Australia will start selling the Kangoo ZE all-electric van to private buyers, offering it alongside the Zoe city car at a handful of specially-trained dealers.
Previously reserved for fleet buyers, the electric load-lugger will be priced from $52,527 drive-away. Power comes from a 33kWh lithium-ion battery pack hooked up to a synchronous electric motor making 44kW and and 226Nm of torque.
Range is pegged at 270km, although that will vary based on what's loaded into the rear end. The car rides on 15-inch steel wheels, and will run to 130km/h flat out. The 100km/h sprint takes a slovenly 22.4 seconds, not that owners are likely to worry.
Standard equipment includes hill-start assist and rear parking sensors, while a rear-view camera, the 7.0-inch R-Link touchscreen infotainment system and fog-lights are on the options list. Speaking of options, a rear-window de-mister and overhead parcel shelf are also available.
Speaking with CarAdvice at the opening of the world's first combined Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance parts distribution warehouse in Truganina, Melbourne, Renault's local managing director, Andrew Moore, said he's not expecting the Kangoo ZE or Zoe to sell in huge volumes.
"The important thing for me is, you see with EVs in the past where people have got too ambitious and overstocked, and that creates issues in itself," Moore said.
"So we want to just keep it to a manageable number, we've got to see what level of demand comes from the retail customer."
Quoted drive-away pricing is based on Vic/NSW metro.