With the Trafic E-Tech Electric, Renault is now also offering a battery-powered variant of its popular mid-size van in Europe – confirmation is still pending for Australia.
That 2023 Renault Trafic E-Tech Electric was presented in Europe as the French car manufacturer’s third zero-emission van.
The Trafic E-Tech Electric, unveiled at the Hanover Commercial Vehicles Motor Show in Germany, joins Renault’s existing electric van line-up between the smaller Kangoo E-Tech Electric and the larger Master E-Tech Electric.
“We are delighted with our new electrified van series,” said an Ateco spokesman journey. “For Australia, this starts with the all-new a Kangoo E-Tech arriving in early 2023.”
The Renault Trafic E-Tech Electric is powered by a single engine producing 90kW – identical to the forthcoming Kangoo E-Tech Electric and an increase of 33kW compared to the Master E-Tech Electric.
However, the electric Renault Trafic develops 35 kW less than the 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine of the models delivered in Australia.
Renault claims that the Trafic E-Tech Electric’s 52kWh battery can achieve a range of up to 240km on the WLTP cycle when uncharged – around 40km more than the Master, which uses the same battery.
According to Renault, the electric van can support 7 kW single-phase AC charging, 22 kW AC charging at public stations and up to 50 kW with a DC fast charger.
The exterior dimensions of the Renault Trafic E-Tech Electric are unchanged from its diesel-powered counterpart, with customers having a choice of short and long wheelbase body styles.
While the short wheelbase Trafic is 5080mm long, the long wheelbase adds 400mm of length between the front and rear wheels. Renault also offers two roof height options (1967mm or 2498mm), which varies the load volume of the Trafic E-Tech Electric between 5.8 and 8.9 cubic metres.
According to Renault, the electric Trafic can carry up to 1100kg with a towing capacity of 750kg, although it didn’t say how badly those loads would affect performance or range.
In Europe, customers have the option of purchasing the Renault Trafic E-Tech Electric as a cab floor model, allowing them to customize the van’s rear storage solutions.
A passenger variant of the Renault Trafic E-Tech Electric is expected to follow the commercial van, although the timing has yet to be announced.
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