Renault's Kangoo Van ZE has been voted International Van of the Year 2012 by a jury of 22 European journalists specialising in light commercial vehicles.
It is the first time that an electric vehicle has won this prize, competing against numerous internal-combustion engined vans.
With 104 points out of a possible 168, the electric van beat the Iveco Daily, Fiat Ducato and VW Caddy. The award was presented to Jean-Marie Hurtiger, director of Renault's Light Commercial Vehicle division, on the eve of the 14th International Trailer Show in Belgium.
Jury chairman Pieter Wieman explained: "With the Kangoo Van ZE, Renault brings the electric van within the reach of the normal European van user thereby delivering a major contribution to environmental sustainability, one of the most important issues of the transport of goods by road nowadays."
Hurtiger said: "This prize rewards the work of the people at Renault who have worked for several years on the Kangoo Van ZE, one of Renault's four electric vehicles to be launched in the next 10 months.
“All of the company's functions were involved in the adventure, including the design office, the Maubeuge plant and sales. They met the challenge in a remarkable manner, showing determination, creativity and, above all, an excellent team spirit that has now produced results."