List pricing is where most all-electric vehicles fall down. They're usually so expensive that they only make sense with the asking figure spread out over long leases. But refreshingly, things are different here. At first glance, asking prices ranging in the £17,000 to £19,000 bracket excluding the dreaded VAT look quite high, but that's before you take the government's Plug-in Van grant into account. This lops a full £3,398 off the asking figure, bringing the resulting £14,000 to £16,000 asking price span to a point where there's hardly any premium at all for this electric vehicle over its ordinary combustion-engined counterparts.
As in the standard Kangoo line-up, Z.E. 33 model buyers get a choice of two main bodystyles - the standard 4.2m long variant and, for a premium of £1,000, the bigger 4.6m-long 'Maxi' model, which can be ordered in two or five-seat form or in fully-glazed 'Crew Van Cab' form with a fold-out three-person split-folding rear bench.
Whichever Kangoo Z.E. variant you choose, bear in mind that simply buying it won't be the end of your outlay, for Renault has separated vehicle and battery ownership. So once you've decided whether to purchase or lease this van, you've then to take out a monthly subscription for the battery that will power it, the cost of which will be determined by the contract term you choose and your annual mileage. This can be anything between one year and five, with annual mileage packages that are up to 4,500 miles, up to 6,000 miles, up to 7,500 miles or up to 9,000 miles pa.
Depending upon the combination you choose, you're looking at a monthly fee of anything between £49 to £73 -but you'll need to talk to your dealer for specifics on that. On top of the purchase price and the battery subscription, you'll also need to budget for a charging point, since Renault frowns upon operators using a three-pin plug supply on a regular basis, even if that were business-practical. The French brand works with British Gas for the installation of such a point, either at your home of place of business and the cost will be around £800 ex vat. The charging cable for this is of course supplied with the vehicle, but if you want a cable that will, occasionally, allow you to charge off a normal 220V home supply, then you'll need to buy a separate cable from your dealer.