The electric van segment is heating up thanks to the arrival of new entrants and significant improvements to the units already available. The Renault Master e-Tech It is one of the main protagonists of the category. Despite its young age, the light industrial now receives an update based mainly on the improvement of its electrical characteristics. A new 52 kWh capacity battery that allows you to extend your range of autonomy.
Although it is the lower category, starring models such as the Mercedes eVito or the Peugeot e-Expert, which monopolizes almost all the electric prominence, the largest models of the house are also adapted to efficient and low environmental impact deliveries. The Renault Master e-Tech was presented just a few weeks ago, but now it receives a higher capacity battery that is able to adjust to the three different lengths and two different heights already offered.
Renault now offers a battery pack with 52 kWh of useful capacity that allows it to ride for an approved autonomy of 200 kilometers. This set replaces the previous package with a capacity of 33 kWh, which was a bit short considering the size and charging characteristics of the electric van. The increase in autonomy is 68% since the previous unit was barely capable of offering an electric range of approximately 120 kilometers.
The battery of the new Renault Master comes directly from the Renault ZOE with the same capacity. It is a LiMiNmCoO battery that weighs 350 kilograms and has been easily adapted to the characteristics of the industrial model.. It has not been necessary to modify the structure or the load capacities, which remain intact: payload between 1,308 and 1,664 kilograms and a cargo volume between 10.8 and 13 cubic meters. What is not possible is to add a trailer given the poor performance of the only engine available.
Renault opts for a front block with 76 horsepower and 210 Nm of torque that allows it to offer autonomy in urban environments of up to 260 kilometers. For recharging, a high-power system of up to 22 kW in direct current and up to 7.4 kW in alternating current has been chosen. The French brand announces that standby times can vary between 8 and a half hours in a load from 0 to 100% in alternating current and three hours in a recharge from 0 to 80% in direct current.
Despite the improvement in capabilities, the Renault Master e-Tech lags somewhat behind other electric vans of a similar size. Models such as the FIAT e-Ducato with a 77 kWh capacity battery are capable of offering up to 350 kilometers of autonomy. The only advantage of offering lesser features is to reduce the bill of sale. A cost too high to allow an expansion of supply.