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September 22, 2022

Renault Trafic goes electric

Trafic has sold 2.2m units sold in 50 countries worldwide since 1980

By Graeme Roberts

Renault has launched its first electric Trafic van model.

Trafic is a long running nameplate – previous editions badged Renault, Vauxhall, Opel and Nissan were built at the Vauxhall plant in Luton before the plant and GM Europe brands were acquired by Stellantis.

Trafic alone has sold 2.2m units sold in 50 countries worldwide since 1980 and, Renault claimed, is Europe’s third most popular light utility vehicle in the Van segment [Ford Transit Custom tops the charts].

The new E-Tech BEV version claims best-in-class length, modularity, and customisation for a van and is built to order: 5.08m or 5.48m long and 1.967m or 2.498m high; storage volume (in van mode) ranges from 5.8m3 to 8.9m3; it is available as a cab-floor model; load length can extend up to 4.15m (on the extended L2 version featuring the ‘long-load’ trapdoor located in the bulkhead).

A 90kW electric motor gives a 750kg towing capacity and the vab can carry up to 1.1 tonnes. The 52kWh battery has a range of 240km WLTP.

Three charger types are available: a single-phase 7kW AC unit, suitable for all types of domestic charging, a 22kW AC charger for rapid charging at public charging stations; plus an optional 50kW DC charger for fast charging on motorways.

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