The Renault Master ZE is an electric van with a wide appeal and a GVW of 3.5 tonnes. That makes it an attractive option for many businesses and an update in 2020 saw the 33kWh battery delivering a range of 124 miles. That makes the Master ZE an ideal carrier for multidrop around town, though for long distance carriers, you will need to plan prudently recharging locations. It’s a spacious and impressive large van in an increasingly competitive segment.
The Renault Kangoo ZE was one of the first all-electric vans available and lots has changed since its launch in 2011. The latest version appeared in 2021 with better comfort and an improved battery range. This is Europe’s best-selling small electric van with the firm shifting more than 50,000 units. It’s still an interesting van for those who want to switch to battery power and it’s worth shortlisting. If you can wait, the Kangoo e-Tech with a range of 164 miles is scheduled to appear in 2022.
The Renault Master ZE is certainly worth another look in a rapidly growing segment; while there will be fleet owners reluctant to take on board an electric vehicle, the Master ZE really does deliver. It also has one of the most comfortable cabins currently available and the all-round offering will impress. For those who are doing lots of drop-offs in towns and cities, the Master ZE will make economic sense and there’s no fear of running out of power before the day’s work is over. Our rating would have been five out of five but the issues over range means we have to give a lower rating.
As a way to transport people in comfortable surroundings, the nine seat Renault Trafic SpaceClass offers a high end shuttle vehicle to impress. While it’s based on the Trafic, the SpaceClass is an all-new creation aimed at those customers wanting a best in class driving experience. The vehicle definitely offers a limo like experience for passengers and it shares its underpinnings with the Vauxhall Vivaro Combi so that’s worth considering too. For businesses that need a nine seat people mover, there’s a lot to recommend this vehicle.
The new Renault Kangoo Z.E. is a decent offering for those who are looking for an all-electric van with the latest model having its range boosted by 50%; it should, according to Renault, provide 170 miles on a single charge. There’s also a good range of body styles to help maintain the van’s popularity which is the bestselling electric van in Europe.
It’s something of a late entrant into the pickup market, but the Renault Alaskan offers an all-round and impressive offering. Mind you, it is based on the excellent Nissan Navara and this is the first 1 tonne pickup made by the French firm. It’s on sale from 2018 and the Alaskan has lots of equipment and offers a sound alternative for those wanting comfort and off-road abilities. Renault also says this is a ‘completely fresh approach’ to the pickup segment but that’s stretching things somewhat since it’s near identical to the Navarra’s cabin. It is however a good-looking vehicle and comfortable to drive.
The Renault Kangoo van is one of Europe’s best-selling compact vans for a reason – it’s not only cheap to run but it’s also great to drive. There’s a decent kit list for most models and it has versatility in that it can be bought as a five-man crew cab with the rear seats easily folded flat to create extra cargo space.