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The vehicle may be a little funny looking (at least to some of us), but Renault is seriously celebrating both the sales and accolades of its all-electric Kangoo Z.E. utility van. The French automaker says the Kangoo retained the title of "Electric Vehicle of the Year" in the annual GreenFleet Awards, beating out the "commended" vehicles, the Vauxhall Ampera and the Nissan Leaf. The awards were recently presented ceremoniously by Fifth Gear's Jonny Smith at UK's Emirates Stadium. No word on whether Smith tried to get one of the Kangoo vehicles sideways.

Renault also said the model has moved more than 11,000 units since its debut in late 2011. The Kangoo Z.E., which received a styling upgrade and interior improvements earlier this year, has a single-charge range of about 100 miles.

Renault and sister company Nissan said in July that they collectively moved past the 100,000-unit threshold for its electric vehicles since Nissan started selling its Leaf in the US in 2010. Most - more than 70 percent - were sold through Nissan, and while Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has been full-speed-ahead on EV development, Renault's EV sales have been widely reported to be less than expected. Other Renault EVs include the Twizy, the Zoe and the Fluence Z.E. Check out Renault's press release below.
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RENAULT'S PROLIFIC KANGOO VAN Z.E. RETAINS GREENFLEET

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Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. proved its firepower at the home of the Gunners by retaining its GreenFleet Awards 'Electric Vehicle of the Year' title.

Arsenal's Emirates Stadium was a fitting location for the French brand and last year's International Van of the Year to land another trophy, which was presented by Fifth Gear presenter Jonny Smith. The London club hosted Public Sector Information magazine GreenFleet's annual awards on 17th October.

Judges, including the editorial and research team and independent representatives from the likes of ICFM (Institute of Car Fleet Management), said Kangoo Van Z.E. "was more than a worthy winner again" and had no hesitation in reinstating it as the Electric Vehicle of the Year.

GreenFleet's Colin Boyton, one of the judges, said: "As well as winning last year's Electric Vehicle of the Year award from GreenFleet, it scooped 'Ecovan of the Year' and 'International Van of the Year' accolades. It is more than a worthy winner again."

Kangoo Van Z.E. is Europe's best-selling small electric van with sales of over 11,000. Since its launch at the end of 2011, it has been acclaimed repeatedly by the media and secured International Van of The Year award in 2012.

The zero-emission LCV was restyled in June and now features Renault's new styling identity. In the cabin, the dashboard has been refreshed and enhanced, and owners can now programme the battery to charge remotely to benefit from off-peak electricity rates using their computer or smartphone thanks to the 'My Z.E. inter@ctive' pack.

Visit www.renault.co.uk for more information.