The Renault Master E-Tech Electric is actually a Master ZE with a larger capacity battery. And if he can continue, that is not a real novelty. It’s even a little bit new in the old one.
Not convinced by this new Renault Master E-Tech Electric… Announced as a new one, it’s just a Renault Master ZE with a new battery. What has changed its name, it shows greater autonomy, but it does not benefit from anything new. The dashboard, instrumentation, controls and equipment are the “old” Master ZE. Same with mechanics. Same engine and same power, you have to settle for 57 kW or 76 horsepower, and there is no energy recovery except for braking and deceleration.
The new battery has a capacity of 52 kWh and provides a range of almost 200 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. Two chargers are available to choose from. The first is a 7.4 kW single-phase, the second is a 22 kW direct current charger. The first is made for domestic refills. It takes about ten hours to “fill up” at a conventional electrical outlet. Through the 7.4 kW Wallbox, the battery can be recharged to 80% in 5 hours. As for the 22 kW DC charger, it can recover 50 kilometers in 45 minutes at a public terminal.
Speed is very limited
The few kilometers covered by the tires of this new Renault Master E-Tech Electric confirm what we already know. It drives very easily, with a good driving position and excellent visibility all round, and handles very well on the road. Well planted in its supports, it is very strong. Accelerations are crisp and straightforward and acceleration is very fast. Unfortunately, this observation is compromised by the maximum speed limited to 80 km/h in the 3.5 ton version. If in the city this maximum speed does not pose a problem, it is different from outside accumulation. Passing an acceleration lane is a source of stress, as entering traffic can prove dangerous. And if you find yourself behind a truck traveling at 75 km/h… stay there!
From 8 to 15 m³ available volume
In terms of equipment, there is a level of finish called Comfort. Central locking is standard, as is the glove box that opens like a drawer, the Bluetooth car radio or the electrically heated mirrors. For others, and there are many, you have to go through the options for manual air conditioning (€1,900 ex VAT), R-Link Evolution with DAB radio and navigation (€790 excl. VAT) or cruise control/ speed limiter ( €250 excluding tax). This Master has new driving aids, such as “Side Wind Assist”, which is the automatic stabilization of the car when there is a side wind. It’s standard, as are automatic lights and windscreen wipers or front and rear parking aids. The rear camera with an image displayed on the screen placed on the windshield, very useful in these large panel cars, is however an option.
We are moving in an electric van: great inconvenience!
This Master E-Tech Electric retains its quality features, with no changes compared to the thermal versions. Four vans are offered, available in three lengths (L1, L2, L3) and two lengths (H1 and H2). These dimensions provide useful volumes from 8 m³ for the small L1H1 to 15 m³ for the large L3H2. Two GVWs are also on the menu, 3.1 t. and 3.5 tons, expect a heavy version of 3.8 tons some time. The Master is also available as a chassis and floor-cab, in L2 and L3, allowing many changes to accommodate a flatbed, a tipper or a large volume box then receive up to 20 m³. The Master Electric offer has therefore been expanded and now has 15 versions compared to 6 previously.
Very average services, high prices
With its average autonomy, low power and limited speed, but good utility capacities, this Master E-Tech Electric is above all made for last kilometer urban or pre-urban deliveries. places. In terms of prices, this Master remains an expensive car. from €55,000 excluding tax for the 3.1-tonne Master L1H1, €59,800 excluding tax for the 3.5-tonne L2H2 and up to €60,700 excluding tax for the large 3.5-tonne L3H2. These prices are typical of large electric vans, such as the Ford E-Transit (from €57,655 excluding tax for the L2H2). But the latter is more efficient, more modern and better equipped. This very disappointing Master Electric in any case should last a long time before seeing the successor arrive in 2024.