Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. is the 2012 International Van of the Year image

The 2012 International Van of the Year award has been one the new Renault Kangoo Van Z.E., after a jury made out of 22 European journalists, specializing in light commercial vehicles, had to choose out of several different models.

“With the Kangoo Van Z.E. Renault brings the electric van within the reach of the normal European van user, thereby delivering a major contribution to environmental sustainability, one of the most important issues of the transport of goods by road nowadays”, said Jury chairman Pieter Wieman.

Besides being a great achievement for the French based automaker Renault, it’s also a great achievement for the zero-emissions range, being the first time when an electric-vehicle manages to win this award. One of the most important things which helped the French model win this award was the lack of a fuel tank, being also praised for its ease of use and practicality.

“This prize rewards the work of people at Renault who have worked for several years on the Kangoo Van Z.E., one of Renault’s four electric vehicles to be launched in the next 10 months. All of the company’s functions were involved in the adventure, including the design office, the Maubeuge plant and the sales. They met the challenge in a remarkable manner, showing determination, creativity and, above all, an excellent team spirit that has now produced results, said the director of Renault’s Light Commercial Vehicle division, Jean-Marie Hurtiger.

As a reminder, the 2012 Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. has the same dimensions as the internal combustion model, while using a synchronous electric motor with rotor coil, developing a total output of 59 horsepower (44 kW) and having a peak torque of 226 Nm (167 lb-ft). The top speed of the French commercial vehicle has been limited to 130 km/h or 81 mph. The Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. is powered by a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.