Monday, November 9, 2009

Renault to produce the electric version of Kangoo in Maubeuge, France

Renault Kangoo bebop Z.E. Concept

MAUBEUGE, France : November 9, 2009 - Renault has decided to produce the future electric, zero-emission version of its Kangoo Express LCV at M.C.A. (Maubeuge Carrosserie Automobile), in northern France, starting in the first half of 2011.

The electric vehicle will be built on the same production line as the internal combustion variants. The new version will benefit from the know-how, fabric of suppliers and logistics network of the current Kangoo.

Specializing in LCVs for twenty years, Maubeuge, which produces Kangoo, Kangoo Express and Kangoo be bop is able to continuously adapt to the diversity that is proper to this kind of vehicles (short or long versions, with or without lateral windows, etc.), and to meet demand. This option will allow the Group to start up industrial production quickly, while guaranteeing the highest level of quality of build.

Kangoo be bop Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E. Concept were the precursors of the future electric Kangoo, which will be an LCV designed for professionals. It will be mainly intended for urban and peri-urban use. Not only will the new version protect the environment, but it will also boast an excellent TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), making it a highly attractive solution for both individual customers and fleet operators.

On November 5, 2009, Renault announced that production of its future vehicle derived from Zoé Z.E. Concept was to start in Flins starting in 2012 and that the Group planned to take part in a French joint venture for research into the production and recycling of batteries for electric vehicles. Today, by deciding to produce the electric version of Kangoo at Maubeuge, Renault confirms that France will be at the heart of its zero-emission strategy.

Images : Renault Kangoo bebop Z.E.

[Source : RENAULT]


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