Renault has announced full details of its new Master van, including a fully electric version offering huge improvements over the outgoing Master E-Tech.
The electric variant sits alongside diesel models in the all-new Master line-up and uses a 141bhp/221lb ft motor and an 87kWh battery in place of the old van’s 76bhp motor and 52kWh battery. According to Renault, that should allow the new Master to travel more than 255 miles on a charge, with consumption of 2.95 miles/kWh.
The old van’s 22kW AC charging has also been upgraded to include 130kW DC that should add more than 140 miles of range in 30 minutes, while 22kW AC charging remains, giving a 10-100% charge in four hours. Vehicle-to-load and vehicle-to-grid technology is also present, allowing drivers to power everything from laptops to tools from sockets in the van, and even feed power back into the grid via compatible chargers.
The more powerful motor means the electric Master can now carry a 1,625kg payload and has a towing capacity of 2.5 tonnes. Only the Ford E-Transit offers better carrying capacity and the Renault has the highest towing capacity in its class, while a 100mm longer load area is also class-leading.
Internally, the cabin has been upgraded with new materials, a 10-inch Android-powered OpenR Link touchscreen and a 25% increase in storage across doors, glovebox drawers, the dashboard and ceiling slots. The middle seat back also folds down to create a desk, with a laptop storage space in the base and USB-C power points.
Electric versions get the same wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity as all Masters but with a number of EV-specific features including a route planner that will filter charging stations according to a preferred payment method or power rating, plus access to the My Renault app to remotely monitor and control charging and cabin preheating.
The Renault Master will be available to pre-order from early 2024, with official orders opening in Q2 and deliveries starting later in the year.