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New Renault Master was designed from the start to go far, load more, and spend less.
Renault has chosen two batteries optimised for capacity, size and mass, combined with in-depth work on aerodynamics and a brand-new innovative platform.
The van comes with a choice of two energy storage capacity ratings: 40 kWh and 87 kWh. These two packs are built into a single casing and designed for driving requirements in cities as much as in suburbs. And they do not hamper the vehicle’s payload capacity — which is an essential criterion in this segment.
Renault optimised the van’s range by tackling it from two angles: the “Aerovan” concept and the multi-energy platform (encompassing the main motor, innovative dynamic braking system and battery heat management system).
It is the “Aerovan” design that provides the highest efficiency in its category regardless of the energy source. Its SCx is over 20% lower, ranking the van at the top end of the segment.
New Renault Master E-TECH was engineered in a wind tunnel. Its silhouette and every single part were honed to perfection. The prototypes spent thousands of hours in the tunnel during development then, given the van’s size, certification tests were carried out in wind tunnel built for aircraft.
To address all professional users’ requirements, the powertrain’s performance was upgraded with a 300 Nm/105 kW motor and a transmission system with one of the highest ratios in the heavy electric van market.
The New Master E-TECH range includes vans with a maximum authorised laden mass of 4 tonnes and towage muscle never seen before in the segment, without compromising handling, even in the fast lane.
The battery heat management system keeps the temperature constant, which increases the battery’s performance and extends its useful life. The cab air conditioning system (which comes as standard) also helps to keep indoor temperature at optimal levels and the van’s range as long as possible, in summer as much as winter.
The dynamic braking system — a first in an LCV — also limits the number of components in the motor compartment (an internal motor actuates the brakes).
Besides providing a braking boost, the system responds faster, which also improves the vehicle’s active safety. By uncoupling the driver’s pressure on the pedal from the braking mechanism, the system can turn the kinetic energy from the deceleration into electric power to charge the battery and extend its range. The system can harvest up to 95 kW of energy this way.
All this work has improved efficiency in very real ways: new Renault Master consumes 27% less energy than the current generation, has a 460 km WLTP range and its payload capacity is substantial.
New Renault Master E-TECH boasts 1.625 kg of payload capacity (in a van requiring a B-category driving licence) and can tow 2,5 tonnes. Its consumption remains reasonable, at 21 kWh/100 km (WLTP) with the 87 kWh battery.
A 130 kW DC fast charge adds 252 km of range in 30 minutes. A 22 kW AC home Wallbox tops up the battery from 10% to 100% in under 4 hours.
New Renault Master E-TECH is powered by a 96 kW or 105 kW engine, in both cases delivering 300 Nm of torque. The first runs on a 40-kWh battery and has an approximately 200 km WLTP range (pending certification), the second runs on an 87 kWh battery with an up to 460 km WLTP range.
New Renault Master E-TECH also comes with several exclusive functionalities which provide a user experience that looks and feels a lot like a smartphone.
Google Maps takes the user’s preferences into account and suggests optimised itineraries according to them. An Electric Route Planner also helps to fine-tunes itineraries in an electric vehicle.
The My Renault app provides an array of additional services tailored for electric vehicles and keeps the high-tech and ever handy New Renault Master E-TECH connected to the user’s digital ecosystem.
Renault Master E-TECH is the only vehicle in its category to be made in France: the three versions (ICE, electric and hydrogen) and all the bodies come from the same production line in Batilly (near Metz, eastern France).
Available starting in spring 2024.