After seeing the Renault Master Z.E concept vehicle at the CV Show in 2017, we have been anticipating the arrival of this new model. Set to compete in the electric LCV market along with Mercedes-Benz e-Sprinter, set to be available in 2019 and VW’s e-Crafter which is set to be available this year.
The Master Z.E range will include 6 versions(3 lengths, 2 heights). The four van versions feature a 8-13m3 load space and a payload of 1000kg to 1100kg.
The two platform cab versions feature 2 lengths (L2 and L3). Their payload of 1,370 kg and 1,350 kg are suitable for conversions in High-Capacity body for transport up to 22m3.
Master Z.E is fitted with the Renault ZOE’s 57kW/76hp R75 high energy efficiency electric engine. The engine has been tried and tested over a couple of years inside the Renault ZOE and Kangoo Z.E. The maximum speed of the Master Z.E is 72mph.
Renault say the Master Z.E will be able to achieve 75 mile real-world driving range, taking six hours to charge to full battery, making this version suited to last-mile deliveries and other business activities in urban areas.
Master Z.E. is fitted with the new-generation Lithium-Ion 33kWh Z.E. 33 battery with optimized electronic management. This battery combines the know-how from Renault and LG Chem to optimise energy density, improving the battery performance has been achieved by improving the chemistry of the battery cells and not by adding more modules.
Ashwani Gupta from Renault-Nissan, said:
“With Master Z.E., Renault Pro + is enlarging its e-LCV line-up consistent with the “Drive the Future” strategic plan, in which 100% of vans will be electrified. The current line-up, ranging from quadricycles to heavy vans, covers the main needs of business customers in terms of cargo volume and payload, enabling them to make emissions-free last-mile deliveries in city centres. In addition, a new ecosystem of connected services has been rolled out to improve fleet management and help customers to grow their businesses.”
Renault include connected services to be able to check the range and locate nearby charge points. My Z.E Connect allows you to view the vehicle’s range remotely from a smartphone or computer. This couples well with Z.E Trip which locates all the charge points in the main European countries using the vehicle’s R-LINK navigation system. Then there is Z.E Pass which is designed to help make single payments giving access to most public charge points in Europe from smartphones and tablets.
The Renault Master has been chosen by over 475,000 customers through-out Europe since its introduction in 2010.
Renault Pro+ has a network of around 400 approved converters in 29 different countries, making it possible to convert their product to meet the specific requirements of individual customers.