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Renault Master E-Tech review (2024)

Overall Rating: 6/10
Renaul Master E-Tech van

The E-Tech range has a new member and it’s the turn of the large van Renault Master E-Tech to be electrified and rebranded.

A large electric Master van has been around for a number of years and had been previously going under the name of the Renault Master ZE. It also shared many of its electrical components with the smaller city van Renault Kangoo ZE. This new Renault Master E-Tech doesn’t share the latest Renault Kangoo E-Tech’s driveline and is much simpler electric vehicle.

What motor and battery does the Renault Master E-Tech have?

The Master E-Tech uses the same 57kW electric motor used by the previous model, delivering 76hp and 225Nm of torque. That’s not a great deal of power for a large van, a criticism that has long been levelled at the electric Master van. Fortunatley the major improvement of this new generation van is a larger battery. Out goes the 33kWh battery pack and the Master E-Tech now gets a 52kWh battery giving it a claimed WLTP range of 124 miles.

How about charging?

Renault Master E-Tech in France

There are two ways of charging the electric Master and the bad news is that neither is as fast as the competition.

The Master E-Tech doesn’t support rapid charging but it does do moderately fast DC charging capacity of 22kW. If you need to charge with an AC single-phase charger it will allow 7.4kW charges and of course you can still use a domestic 3.7kW supply.

Charge times are sluggish. A 7.4kW wallbox will take around five hours for the Master E-Tech to reach 80% charge. That doubles to more than 10 hours on a domestic 3.7kW supply. The 22kW DC charger is a little better with 31 miles (50km) of range able to be added in 45 minutes.

What versions of the Master E-Tech are available?

Arguably the biggest improvement to the Master E-Tech range is that there is now a lot more choice to be had. The previous model was only available in six different variations but Renault has increased the number of Master E-Tech vans to 15 models with three different lengths, three heights and three gross vehicle weights of up to 3.8-tonnes. There will also be dropside, tipper and Luton vans.

How much weight can it carry and what size is it?

That will ensure that the payloads of the Master E-Tech are in excess of 1.2 tonnes while load volumes for the big electric Renault range from 8m3 to 15m3.

If you’re in need of a Renault Master E-Tech chassis there are also two different sizes of chassis cabs available.

What's the Master E-Tech like on the inside?

With an electric vehicle you either get a very different, often quirky interior or you get something that is exactly the same as the diesel van. The Master E-Tech interior sits in the latter camp with the addition of a few different dials showing battery range and how much power you're using along with and some leftover ZE branding that was used on the previous model. There's not a great deal that has changed then.

The Master interior is dominated by grey plastics and as drab as that might sound, it’s not a miserable environment and is actually rather spacious and smart. There’s a 7-inch central R-Link Evolution infotainment screen which allows smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a digital tablet docking station. The infotainment system can pair to Bluetooth devices and has a DAB Radio.

The seats are comfortable but firm and quite upright which is fine for short periods but can become tiresome on a long journey. They’re also quite high compared to the Master's relatively low dash. It’s not a problem and does actually give you a very good view out of the cabin. Visibility all round is generally good, thanks to large mirrors.

There’s also a fold-down central seat, giving you cupholders, some shallow storage areas and a flat surface that doubles as a laptop holder with a swivelling tray which some drivers may find useful.

Storage is decent with a tray to the side of the gear lever which also does induction wirless charging for your phone, and there's a larger tray on the other side of the steering wheel. Cup holders can be found near to the A-pillars.

Renault Master E-Tech interior

What trim levels are there for the Renault Master E-Tech?

There are two trim levels available on the Renault Master E-Tech, they are entry-level Start and the higher specification Advance trim.

Standard features on the Start models include manual air conditioning, a multi-function trip computer and a DAB digital radio with Bluetooth.

You can see the full specification below:


  • Radio with DAB, Bluetooth and USB
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Grip Xtend
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Trailer Swing Assist
  • Trip computer - multi-functional with rev counter


  • Closed glove box
  • Manual air conditioning and pollen filter
  • Two cup holders on centre console
  • Interior chrome trim
  • Driver's seat – height adjustable, lumbar adjustment and armrest
  • Steering wheel – height adjustment
  • Electric front windows
  • Passenger bench seat
  • Overhead parcel shelf
  • Kaleido – dark grey upholstery


  • C-Shaped DRLs
  • Door mirrors – electric adjustment, heated
  • Tyre repair kit

Safety and Security

  • Full-steel bulkhead
  • ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution)
  • Electronic immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Airbag – driver
  • Deadlocking

Does Advanced trim add much else?

Advanced trim level models get a more luxurious driver's seat that is fully adjustable, rear parking sensors, and automatic headlights and wipers amongst the options.

You van see the full Advance trim level here:


  • Driver's seat – fully adjustable suspension type
  • Electric front windows – driver's side one touch descending
  • Pivoting seatback table with dual split underseat storage compartment
  • 12V power socket in load area


  • Automatic headlights and wipers
  • Chrome trim on front grille
  • 16" steel wheels with large wheel stylers

Safety and Security

  • Side wind assist
  • Wide view mirror
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Seatbelts – 3-point height-adjustable seatbelts with pretensioners
  • Rear running board and handles
  • Anchorage points: 8 for short wheel base (SWB) and 10 for medium and long wheel base (LWB) weight allowed per anchorage point: approximately 500kg

Is the Renault Master E-Tech any good to drive?

Driving the Renault Master E-Tech is like driving any large van, that’s to say it is quiet with a better ride than its diesel equivalent. That’s because the weight of the batteries is spread across the length of the van and low down beneath the chassis. That not only means the loadspace is unchanged from the diesel vans with no additional loading height either, but it actually improves the handling because of the lower centre of gravity. As a result the Master E-Tech drives very well. The suspension is still firm but you get a lot of feedback through the steering.

There’s some road noise, and you can hear a bit of wind whizzing past the A-pillar when you get closer to its 55mph top speed but it’s not overly distracting or annoying.

Does the Renault Master E-Tech have driving modes and regenerative braking?

To help improve range, there’s an Eco mode button located in the centre console of the dashboard. It limits the power of the large van, making the acceleration less severe and ultimately preserving the range. If you’ve got a heavy right foot then it’s a good idea to use it, but it does dull down the Master’s performance by around 25%. For a large van, possibly with a heavy load, that makes a big difference – especially as the Master E-Tech only has a 57kWh motor, the equivalent to 76hp.

There are no regenerative braking modes or any other driving modes, although the Renault Master E-Tech does have a decent level of regenerative braking as standard. It’s enough to gradually slow the van when you lift off the accelerator – much like how regular engine braking would slow down a diesel van.

What safety systems does the Master E-Tech have?

There are plenty of safety features in the Master E-Tech that include Lane Departure Warning, Rear Parking Assistance, reversing camera rear and view camera that replaces the rear view mirror to give a view behind. Its ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) include:

  • Front Park Assist
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Rear Camera
  • Rear View Assist with a camera display on the upper section of the windscreen providing an optimal mid and long-range rear view
  • Side Wind Assist (standard) that activates above 70km/h and corrects of up to 50% of the vehicle's lateral deviation in extreme driving conditions
  • Automatic Lights and Wipers (standard)
  • Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS), active on city roads and highways.
  • Lane Departure Warning

Where is the Renault Master and Renault Master E-Tech made?

The Renault Master E-Tech is not made in Batilly in France presently the home of the diesel-engined Master van, as well as where the Nissan Interstar is built. The basic body in white van is transferred to the Gretz-Armainvilliers site near Paris where electrification of the vehicle is carried out. The Renault Master plant at Batilly plant has 2,700 employees and accounts for nearly 5,000 indirect jobs in the local economy and the Master has an impressive 84% local content from suppliers that are based in France. The Renault Master is also made in Curitiba in Brazil.  The electric motor and charging units for the Master E-Tech electric van are all made at Renault's Cleon factory in Normandy. The battery is assembled at the Flins plant.

Should I buy an electric Renault Master E-Tech?

Bigger batteries to improve the range were certainly required for the Renault Master E-Tech to be able to keep up with the competition. The Ford E-Transit has set a new benchmark for big vans with its two power ratings, 25 body variants and large batteries that give it more than 250 miles in range. The Master E-Tech looks decidedly old-hat in comparison and doesn't even match up to the Maxus E Deliver 9 which most would see as more of a traditional competitor. The E Deliver 9 also has more power, and a greater range as well as a similar amonut of body options.

More range was certainly the top requirement for a new electric Master van. However, when compared to the improvements in the Kangoo, not to mention the power, the Master E-Tech feels a bit lacklustre. While the Kangoo E-Tech can now capably compete in the small van sector, the Master E-Tech (even with its increased body size range) remains behind the times compared to rivals that offer more choice and equipment.

The Master is a practical van and with an increased number of variants the electric Master E-Tech will appeal to an even wider audience.

Launch pricing for the Renault Master E-Tech was: (July 2022)

Panel Van FWD MM35 E-Tech 52kWh Advance MY22£48,400£9,680£58,080£0£700£55£58,835£53,835
Panel Van FWD LM35 E-Tech 52kWh Advance MY22£49,200£9,840£59,040£0£700£55£59,795£54,795
Chassis Cab FWD ML35 E-Tech 52kWh Start MY22£41,800£8,360£50,160£0£700£55£50,915£45,915
Chassis Cab FWD LL35 E-Tech 52kWh Start MY22£43,650£8,730£52,380£0£700£55£53,135£48,135
Platform Cab FWD LL35 E-Tech 52kWh Start MY22£43,950£8,790£52,740£0£700£55£53,495£48,495

How big is the Renault Master E-Tech?

The Renault Master E-Tech is built on the same chassis as the Renault Master van. That means when it comes to the dimensions of the van, the electric Renault Master is exactly the same as the diesel Renault Master.

Below are the published dimensions for the Renault Master E-Tech

DimensionsMM35 Panel VanLM35 Panel VanML35 Chassis CabLL35 Chassis CabLL35 Platform Cab
Load volume m310.813.0---
Overall length55756225567063206207
Front overhang869869869869869
Rear overhang10241024111911191006
Front track width17501750175017501750
Rear track width17301730173017301730
Overall width (without mirrors)20702070207020702070
Overall width (with mirrors/extended)247024702470 / 26542470 / 26542470 / 2654
Overall height (unladen)24992488226522582264 / 2457
Ground clearance174172166166166
Width between wheel arches13801380---
Load/Cargo area length at floor308337333184 – 34663834 - 48403741 – 4583
Load/Cargo area length at 1.1m30303680---
Maximum loading area width176517652170 – 23502170 - 23502170 – 2350
Headroom (load area height)18941894---
Sliding door width12701270---
Sliding door height17801780---
Rear door width15801580---
Rear door height18201820---
Sill height (min / max) (unladen)545 / 558543 / 557735 / 740736 / 741579 / 583

Renault Master E-Tech

Price: £ to £
Fuel economy: 0 - 0
Power: 76 to 76
Torque: 259Nm to 259Nm
Payload: 800kg to 1250kg
Volume: 8 to 15m3
Loadspace Max: to mm
Things We Like:
New bigger battery
Things We Like Less:
Still not enough power
Overall: 6/10

Driving: 6/10
Interior: 6/10
Practicality: 7/10
Value: 6/10
First Published: June 22, 2022
Last Modified: April 1, 2024  
Written by: thevanreviewer

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