French automaker Renault has given its small light commercial electric vehicle a handful of upgrades, including a significantly longer battery range. The Renault Kangoo ZE is now officially on sale with a longer rated range, a more powerful charging system, and a heat pump to keep the little van efficient in the coldest temperatures. Renault revealed the Kangoo ZE back in 2010 as an electrified option for light commercial vehicle buyers, even before its 2012 Renault Zoe subcompact electric hatchback. DON'T MISS: Renault adds new Master ZE larger electric delivery van An electrified Master ZE...
Renault, Qualcomm show off electric-car road charging at 60 mph
It's long been an inspiring futuristic concept: electric cars that can recharge continuously at speed, driving along roadways with built-in inductive charging. Think a modern-day version of slot cars, but at 1:1 scale. Now French automaker Renault has demonstrated a prototype of just such a system...John Voelcker
Renault Blesses Pope Benedict With A Free Electric Car
The current head of the Catholic church, Pope Benedict XVI, is rather fond of electric cars. We know this because back in 2010, the Vatican revealed that he was eager to count an electric vehicle among his throng of armored cars--presumably to go with the solar panels he's had installed on the roof...Antony Ingram
All-Electric Mercedes Isn't What You Think: It's A Small Van
German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to electric vehicles. We've driven two of them here at GreenCarReports, in the form of the Europe-only Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell, and the ForTwo Electric Drive, under Mercedes' sub-brand Smart. A third vehicle will join that stable, according...Antony Ingram
2011 Frankfurt Auto Show: Full Electric Car Preview
We thought the 2011 Geneva Motor Show was one of the best ever for electric cars and green vehicles, but the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, starting in less than a week, is shaping up to be even better. We'll be covering the show in-depth next week, but in the meantime we've rounded up all the electric...Antony Ingram
First Electric Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. Sold In U.K.
Expected to be the first of many, French carmaker Renault has become the latest company to take an order for one of their upcoming electric vehicles, the Kangoo Van Z.E. The only commercial vehicle in Renault's upcoming range of electric vehicles that includes the Fluence sedan, the Zoe subcompact...Antony Ingram
Renault may not have much of an impact to U.S. motorists, but thanks to their partnership with Nissan, they have a large part to play in the future of electric vehicles. The French company has been a market leader in the European light commercial vehicle (LCV) market since 1998, so it's only natural that one of their new Z.E. range of EVs would be a small, all-electric panel van. The Kangoo Express Z.E. should hit the European market in mid 2011. Renault and Nissan The French and Japanese manufacturers have worked together on several projects since the start of their partnership in 1999. Much...