Renault adds Master Z.E. to electric van line-up
Unveiled at the 2017 Brussels Motor Show, Renault will be introducing a range of all-electric Master Z.E. vans and a platform cab across Europe towards the end of the year.Equipped with a 33kWh high energy density lithium ion battery pack, Master Z.E. is front-wheel drive and powered by a 57kW / 76hp electric motor, inherited from the ZOE passenger car. Top speed is 71mph and it has a maximum range of 124 miles unladen. A full charge from empty takes six hours using a 7kW Wall Box. Following launch, a number of features specific to Master Z.E. will be made available; R-Link with connected services, pre-conditioning, a speed limiter function for fleets and the Z.E. Voice pedestrian warning system.
Available in a choice of three van variants — L1H1, L2H2 and L3H2 — Master Z.E. will also be on sale as a long-wheelbase L3 platform cab ready for conversion. Thanks to the non-intrusive nature of the battery pack load space remains the same as the equivalent diesel derivatives — 8.0m3 to 13m3 — with payloads from 1,000kg to 1,100kg dependent on model. Pre-conversion gross payload for the platform cab version is 1,400kg.We wonder how long it will be before Alliance Partner Nissan announces a range of all-electric NV400s, its take on the Master. In the meantime Renault stands alone among the main manufacturers in aiming to offer battery-powered vans in three market sectors; Twizy, the recently revised Kangoo and now Master.
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