February 3, 2011
Renault’s Kangoo Electric runs on a fuel efficient subscription
Renault’s electric Kangoo is as basic as basic could ever get. It’s a small van on a car frame and ideal for people who drive less than 100 miles per day and park their vehicles in the same spot every night. Popular with the commercial fleets, it is extremely promising, but doesn’t offer the most flexibility especially with rental fees. The electric motor produces 59 hp with 167-lbs/ft of torque and the battery capacity is 22 kWh with an official range of 100 miles, though maxing out the 1,430 lb payload could help reduce range. The batteries are placed under the floor in its parking slot — and have the same cells in use by the Nissan Leaf – a convenient spot, but very expensive at $32,000 and does not include the battery, which is rented out at an additional cost of $1,500 per annum. Besides that, it costs an additional $125 a month for gas, even if you don’t drive it.
What you are guaranteed is that the battery will always work. If it dies, you just rent another. Not to mention your invaluable contribution to the environment.