Do you have a large van? Would you like one? Have you thought about picking up the plug and going electric? There are a couple of options that you may want to consider with the new Renault Master ZE and the Maxus eDeliver 9- not a catchy name but how does it fair in competition? Let battle commence… Maxus eDeliver9 Vs Renault Master ZE.
How Do They Measure Up?
Well, on this one- the Renault is the clear winner. It has more options for height and length and overall offers a higher maximum payload of 1425Kg compared to the Maxus, which offers 1290Kg.
There is a similar story when it comes to load volume too, the Renault offers 13 cu/m with the largest height and length options- compared to the Maxus which offers a 11 cu/m.
However, where towing is concerned- the Maxus beats the Renault by a whopping 1500Kg. Granted, that is because the Renault does not have any available towing figures (which is not unusual for electric vans due to strain on motors). Nevertheless though, that means the 1500Kg towing capacity of the Maxus beats the Renault hands down.
How Far Do They Take You?
The Renault comes with one drivetrain and battery option, lifted from the new Renault Zoe. This means a 33KWh battery and 75 miles of range from fully charged. The stated charge time is 6 hours to full but there are no official figures concerning rapid charging.
Unfortunately for the Renault, the Maxus has many more options. There are three battery options: 51.5 KWh, which offers 112 miles of range; 72KWh, which offers 146 miles of range; and the 88.55 KWh, which offers 185 miles of range.
Even for the largest battery option, it will take no more than 8.5 hours to charge and the 0-80% rapid charging option takes just 45 minutes. When these are converted to real world figures- there should still be enough electric juice to have you covered for the day.
It does not matter which van you go for, they are both limited to 62mph. However, the Renault comes with a 57kw motor producing 225nm of torque and the Maxus has a 150kw motor producing 310nm of torque.
The acceleration times of the vans are not stated- but my money would be on the Maxus for that one. This will be most noticeable when fully loaded, the extra torque should serve the Maxus well in urban areas.
What Equipment Do You Get?
There are not any trim level options for either van so you get what you are given on this occasion. If you want a DAB radio, then the Renault is the one for you because the Maxus does not have one weirdly.
However, the Maxus does come with a 10” touchscreen infotainment system which the Renault does not have and that is pretty much it for technology in the Renault.
When it comes to safety, the Renault offers ESP with Grip Xtend, Hill Start Assist and Trailer Swing Assist all as standard. The equipment offered as standard on the Maxus eclipses the Renault though.
You get: Automatic Emergency Braking; Blind Area Monitoring; Lane Change Assist; ESP; Hill Hold Control; Reversing Camera; Parking Sensor; and an anti-theft security system.
If you are after more tech, the Maxus is the one for you on this one.
What Does It Look Like?
Well, if you are bothered about this sort of thing- they both look alright. The Maxus does look quite similar to the Ford Transit, so if you want a Ford Transit but do not want to pay the premium- if you squint you cannot really see the badge.
The Renault looks like a facelifted version of the previous Renault vans so there is no surprise there. However, the Maxus comes with alloy wheels as standard whereas the Renault does not.
Although Maxus is a brand that does not have quite the same pedigree as Renault, it is hard to ignore what is on offer from the eDeliver 9. The equipment offered as standard eclipses the Renault, although the DAB radio thing is a little odd but when battery options and drivetrain are concerned- Maxus is miles ahead- or it will be on a single charge anyway.
For outright practicality, the Renault does offer a larger range of L and H options and the max payload is 135Kg more. If you factor in towing weight though, the Maxus can carry much more overall.
Neither van is a bad option, but the Maxus is hard to ignore with the level of equipment on offer. It is a solid contender.
As always, thanks for reading and we hope to see you soon!