After launching the marketing in July 2022 of a Trafic converted into a SpaceNomad, Renault is continuing its strategy on leisure vehicles and unveils the Hippie Caviar Motel, a van converted based on an electric Renault Kangoo.
If we will have to wait for the next IAA Transportation show in Hanover to discover the interior, the manufacturer is already revealing some details on the exterior. Renault therefore bases the Hippie Caviar Motel on the Kangoo MPV. Power is provided by a 120 hp (90 kW) electric motor and it draws its energy from a 45 kWh battery. The manufacturer announces that the electric van grants a range of 285 km, but the figures for the WLTP cycle are in the process of being approved. Renault indicates that a 30-minute charge allows you to gain 170 km of autonomy.
This Hippie Caviar Motel appears to be a less luxurious version of the Traffic-based one. Renault only mentions a bench seat that converts into a bed and several “smart storage spaces” designed to carry sports equipment. The manufacturer also highlights a roof-mounted ski carrier, which does not interfere with the panoramic roof. Recycled materials like tires and cork were used for floors, shelving and other interior features.
The idea of offering a fitted van based on the Kangoo could appeal to some users and would compete with the Volkswagen Caddy California. However, we can wonder about a version that would only be 100% electric insofar as the Peugeot Rifter and Citroën Berlingo MPVs (both competitors of the Renault Kangoo) saw their sales drop in 2022 by respectively -72% and – 79% compared to the previous year. A decrease which is partly explained by a price increase while versatility is strongly in decline, with low autonomy and unsuitable for road trips with family.