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Renault's Master van has long been a trusty steed for UK businesses, but now it's gone electric with the new Master E-Tech. Promising zero emissions and a modern twist on practicality, does this plug-in powerhouse deliver or stall on the starting line?
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The new Renault Master E-Tech isn't just about plugging in and going green; it's also had a head-to-toe makeover. Forget the boxy vans of yore this electric workhorse boasts a bold, sculpted exterior that stands out on the streets. Think muscular bonnet, C-shaped LED headlights, and a prominent grille, it makes a confident statement, even when loaded with deliveries.
Step inside, and you'll find a cabin designed with practicality in mind. Gone are the bland, utilitarian vibes; the E-Tech offers a driver-focused, comfortable, and surprisingly tech-savvy environment. The high ceiling and large windows provide ample headroom and excellent visibility, a boon for long days on the road.
The rear space is where the Master E-Tech truly shines. Choose from four body lengths, three roof heights, and even front-wheel or rear-wheel drive options to tailor the van to your exact needs. Whether you're hauling furniture or delivering packages, there's a configuration to match. The largest LWB HR3 version boasts a cavernous 13 cubic metres of cargo volume, swallowing up enough kit to make a packhorse jealous. And with a payload of up to 1,420kg, you won't be left wanting for muscle either.
But it's not just about brute size; the E-Tech is brimming with clever storage solutions. Foldable seats, hidden compartments under the floor, and even an optional load divider help you keep everything organised and secure. Whether you're a builder, a courier, or a furniture removal expert, the Master E-Tech's boot space has you covered.
Forget drab dashboards and plasticky finishes the new Renault Master E-Tech comes with a surprisingly modern and comfortable interior. Gone are the days of utilitarian vans feeling like punishment for a hard day's work. This electric workhorse has been treated to a makeover that puts driver well-being and practicality at the forefront.
The Master E-Tech boasts well-bolstered seats that keep you comfortable even on bumpy roads. Adjustable lumbar support is a welcome addition, especially for taller drivers. A central touchscreen houses the infotainment system, navigation, and even climate controls. While not the most intuitive, it gets the job done and keeps things within easy reach. A digital instrument cluster displays all the essential driving information clearly. There is a multitude of cubbies, compartments, and even overhead shelves to keep your tools, paperwork, and coffee cups secure and within arm's reach. No more digging around for that elusive invoice!
The Renault Master E-Tech van only comes with one trim: Advance.
The Advance trim offers a range of features, including a DAB radio equipped with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, ensuring a seamless and modern audio experience. The suspension driver's seat and dual passenger seat contribute to a comfortable and accommodating interior. Air conditioning is included for climate control, and overhead storage adds practicality to the design. The steering wheel is height-adjustable for personalised comfort. On the passenger side, a single sliding side door enhances accessibility. Additionally, electrically heated door mirrors, a full steel bulkhead, and remote central locking with deadlocking enhance security and functionality. The Advance trim also incorporates automatic lights and wipers, side wind assist for improved driving stability, and a wide-view mirror for enhanced visibility.
The E-Tech boasts a single electric motor churning out 57kW (76hp) and a healthy 225Nm of torque. This translates to instant thrust from the get-go, making traffic lights and city sprints a breeze. Zipping through narrow streets and squeezing into tight parking spots becomes a doddle thanks to the responsive steering and tight turning circle.
While adequate for most deliveries, the E-Tech won't win drag races. Fully loaded on inclines, you might feel the need to switch to "Eco Mode" and plan your overtaking manoeuvres carefully. It's best suited for urban and suburban work, where its nimble handling and silent power shine. The official 126-mile range might feel a bit short for long-distance hauls compared to some rivals. Careful planning and strategic charging stops become essential if you venture beyond the city limits. Remember, charging infrastructure is still developing, so overnight top-ups at your depot will be your best friend for regular long journeys.
The E-Tech offers a comfortable and surprisingly refined ride. The suspension soaks up bumps and potholes well, making long days on the road less punishing. The regenerative braking system helps top up the batteries while slowing down, adding a touch of eco-friendliness to every stop.
Overall, the Renault Master E-Tech delivers enough punch for most urban and suburban deliveries, with instant torque and nimble handling, making city life a breeze. If your business operates primarily within city limits and prioritises comfort and practicality, the E-Tech could be your perfect electric workhorse.
The Renault Master E-Tech is now available for purchase at a starting on-the-road price of £58,080.00*, or it can be leased with monthly payments starting from £744.36.
If you're considering leasing a Renault Master E-Tech, we proudly offer excellent car leasing services in the UK. Our leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, road tax, breakdown insurance, and free delivery to most areas of the UK mainland (excluding specific regions).
Leasing a Renault Master E-Tech can often be a more financially advantageous option compared to purchasing outright, thanks to the fixed monthly payments, variable mileage options, low initial rental, and flexible contract durations.
It's important to note that the 'on-the-road' price mentioned includes a year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee, and a number plate fee. Please be aware that this price is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change. To get the most up-to-date information, we recommend contacting your nearest retailer.