New Renault Trafic E-Tech comes a long way
A year ago at the IAA Transportation – the trade fair for the European transport sector – we stood face to face with the electric variant of the Trafic for the first time: the Trafic E-Tech. After the unveiling, things then remained quiet around Renault’s mid-size van for a long time. Now it appears why: the French weren’t quite figured out yet. Renault is now unveiling an improved version that goes a lot further.
The green Trafic is equipped with a 120-hp electric motor, which we already know from the Renault Zoe. The battery also comes from Renault’s electric hatchback and has a capacity of 52 kWh. When it was unveiled last year, the French gave a range of 240 kilometers, but it now appears that the bus has 297 all-electric kilometers in it. Charging can be done at home with 7 kW and at a public charging bale up to 22 kW. Fast charging can take the bus up to 50 kW.
Cargo space and towing weight
The battery pack is under the floor, giving the electric Trafic as much space as its traditional brother. Available in two lengths (5.08 m and 5.48 m) and two heights (1.96 m and 2.49 m), the Trafic E-Tech offers a load length of up to 4.15 m. The bus may tow more than was communicated by Renault last year. Earlier the French spoke of a towing capacity of 750 kilograms, now the bus may tow up to 920 kg and carry up to 1.1 tons.
The interior, like the exterior, is identical to the regular Trafic. An 8-inch infotainment screen flaunts on the dashboard, and numerous cup holders and a sea of storage space make a Trafic driver’s life extra pleasant. The same goes for all the safety and driving assistance systems that are present and ensure that users get home safely even after a long working day. Consider features such as lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, emergency braking and traffic sign recognition. Fleet managers can use an app to remotely see where the buses are and whether they are being used cleanly. They can also see at a glance which buses are due for charging. In the video below, we tell you more about the Renault Trafic E-Tech.