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Van news round-up May 2017

May 30, 2017

van news round upVanman brings you a complete round-up of the past month’s van news, from funny van news stories and serious van news stories, to new vans! Vanman brings you all the van news you could ever need!

Renault joins high spec MPV van market with Renault Trafic SpaceClass

On sale from September 2017, the Renault Trafic SpaceClass is expected to rival the Peugeot Traveller and Volkswagen Caravelle in the high spec passenger van market. The SpaceClass will have seating for up to nine and has been designed with airport shuttles, VIP transportation and taxi drivers in mind. The SpaceClass will contain pivoting seats in the back two rows and a removable central table, perfect for a passenger’s laptop or iPad, with 220V and USB sockets available for charging these devices. Renault claim that the rail-mounted seating system will allow for up to 50 unique seating configurations.

Renault have not released any information regarding trim levels, however it is expected that higher spec models will contain: a seven-inch touchscreen with navigation, cruise control and a rear-view camera.

Ford vans rebrand Ford Transit, Ford Transit Connect, Ford Transit Custom and Ford Ranger M-Sport versions

The upgraded Ford vans and pick-ups have been rebranded MS-RT. The rebrand is thought to focus on the road technology within the new vans and hence the M Sport Road Technology (MS-RT) brand has been launched. The MS-RT Ford Transit, Ford Transit Connect, Ford Transit Custom and Ford Ranger new vans are the result of a collaboration between Van-Sport modification experts and Malcolm Wilson who is held in the highest prestige in UK motorsport. The MS-RT spec for each of the vans is essentially the same as their M-Sport predecessors, however the Ford Transit Custom is now available with an automatic gearbox.

Renault vans demonstrate an electric van that charges on the go

Renault have teamed up with US technology company Qualcomm and French technology company Vedecom to develop and electric car charging system which works on the go! Renault demonstrated Dynamic wireless electric charging (DEVC) using modified versions of the Renault Kangoo Z.E van and a 100-metre test track built by Vedecom and Qualcomm. The vans charged as they drove along the track, charging at 20 kilowatts, only slightly less than public fixed chargers at 22 kilowatts. The charging system doesn’t just work at slow speeds, the system works while the van is travelling upwards of 60mph. Vedecom are now in charge of the next stage of the project and will be looking to further enhance the technology to see if it can be unleashed on a wide scale basis.

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