The electrification trend is expanding rapidly in the light commercial vehicle segment, with more and more automakers launching EV-only vans. The latest example is Renault, another member to the e-Tech commercial vehicle range, adding the production-ready Traffic Van E-Tech Electric.
The model is based on the fourth-generation Trafic, released in 2020. From the outside, it looks identical to its ICE-powered sibling, except for the E-Tech badge on the tailgate. Similarly, it comes in two different lengths of 5,080 mm (200 in) or 5,480 mm (215.7 in) long and two different heights of 1,967 mm (77.4 in) or 2,498 mm (98.3 in) tall. Depending on the configuration, cargo volume ranges from 5.8-8.9 cubic meters (204.8-314.3 cubic feet), and the cab floor variant is also available for swapping.
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The electric powertrain consists of a single engine producing 121 hp (90 kW / 122 PS), slightly more than the entry-level diesel. Towing capacity is 750 kg (1,654 lb) and maximum payload is 1,100 kg (2,425 lb). The Traffic Van E-Tech Electric is sharing a 52 kWh battery with the recently updated Master E-Tech, which has a WLTP range of 240 km (149 miles). The battery can be charged with 7kW AC, 22kW AC or optionally 50kW DC fast charging.
An EV version of the Traffic Van is expected to follow the affordable passenger-friendly Traffic that was previewed by the hippy Caviar Hotel Camp concept in 2021. This year, Renault unveiled the slightly smaller Hippie Caviar Motel concept, based on the long-wheelbase Cango E-Tech Electric and officially unveiled in Hanover.