Renault triumphs at van awards with Kangoo ZE 25 November 2011
With 104 points out of a possible 168, the Kangoo Van ZE has won the coveted International Van of the Year prize, beating the Iveco Daily, Fiat Ducato and VW Caddy.
"With the Kangoo Van ZE, Renault brings the electric van within the reach of the normal European van user," says Jury chairman Pieter Wieman.
"It delivers a major contribution to environmental sustainability, one of the most important issues of the transport of goods by road nowadays."
Renault's Jean-Marie Hurtiger comments: "This prize rewards the people at Renault, who have worked for several years on the Kangoo Van ZE, one of Renault's four electric vehicles to be launched in the next 10 months.
"All of the company's functions were involved in the adventure, including the design office, the Maubeuge plant and sales," he continues.
By fitting the battery under the van floor of, Renault has kept the same load capacity and dimensions as the internal-combustion engined version. Its engineers have also retain the same 650kg payload.
Kangoo Van ZE comes in two lengths and three versions, all produced at the MCA Maubeuge plant in France on the same line as its internal-combustion engine sister.
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