Autoworld news: Renault debuts: Trafic E-Tech electric van and Hippie Caviar Motel compact motorhome

The “green” van from the French brand has a range of 240 km on a single charge, there are two length options, as well as a couple of height modifications.

Renault presented the new Trafic

Renault has been producing the Trafic commercial vehicle since 1980, the current third generation appeared in 2014. The passenger version was redesigned in November 2020 and the van was updated in September 2021. Now the model range has been strengthened with the fully electric Renault Trafic E-Tech van . The French manufacturer presented a novelty at the exhibition of commercial vehicles, which is currently held in Hanover (Germany).

Renault Trafic Van E-Tech visually is not much different from a van with an internal combustion engine. The only difference was the nameplate with the version designation, which is located on the rear door. The electric van is available in two wheelbases and lengths, respectively: 5080 mm or 5480 mm. In addition, the “green” van will be offered in two heights: 1971 and 2495 mm for the standard version, 1967 and 2498 mm for the long wheelbase. Depending on the version, the volume of cargo space varies from 5.8 to 8.9 cubic meters. In addition, the model has a cabin with a platform based on a “stretched” version (any add-ons can be installed on it).

The Trafic Van E-Tech is powered by a single 122 hp electric motor. The van is equipped with a traction battery with a capacity of 52 kWh, its energy reserve on a single charge is 240 km (the calculation was made according to the WLTP cycle). The battery can be charged with 7 kW or 22 kW AC, or with an optional 50 kW DC fast charger. The maximum load capacity of the electric van of the French brand is 1100 kg and the “ceiling” of the towing capacities is limited to 750 kg.

The company has not yet announced the date when the Trafic E-Tech electric van will go on sale in the European market. Commercial vehicles are expected to arrive at dealerships early next year. The prices of the company’s new items have not yet been announced, but will probably be made public closer to the start of sales. It should be noted that the cost of a “normal” Renault Trafic van in the domestic market, in France, starts at 29,000 euros.

At the Hannover Motor Show, Renault also showed the Hippie Caviar Motel compact motorhome (the car debuted as a concept car). It was based on the series electric “heel” Kangoo E-Tech. The interior space can be converted into a place to sleep, a work desk and a small kitchen. In addition, there is a locker for sports equipment, a roof with a glass section and an additional luggage rack intended for the transport of skis.

The “stuffing” of this caravan is standard: we are talking about the only electric motor, the power of which is 120 HP, as well as a traction battery with a capacity of 45 kWh. The company pointed out that with a single charge Hippie Caviar Motel will be able to travel 285 km (according to the WLTP cycle). The electric car takes 11.6 seconds to accelerate from standstill to “hundreds”.

Let’s remember that last year the manufacturer presented the Hippie Caviar Hotel concept, created from Trafic. This version had a pull-out sofa, a pull-out bed and a roof terrace with seating and a coffee table.

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