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2013 Renault ZOE Review

2013 Renault ZOE The renault zoe is designed to actually solve one among the most important issues related to pure-electric cars – cost. they actually can be cheap to train, other then they’re certainly not cheap to actually obtain, with rivals inclusive of the bigger nissan leaf costing nearly £15, 000 a lot of.

The clio-sized zoe is priced from £17, 983, that falls to actually simply £13, 995 after the government’s electric car grant.

In spite of this, it’s absolutely not done deal however. so you can achieve this sort of low purchase worth, buyers can have to actually lease the cars lithium-ion batteries – adding a minimum of £70 per month to actually the value of running the car. this covers you for use on your battery for 36 months and up to actually 7500 miles per year, and adds £2520 in the three-year prices of running the zoe.

There may be numerous different contracts on the market with higher mileage allowances, and it indicates that renault can swap out the battery for free if it breaks or drops to actually below 75% of its as-new performance.

2013 Renault ZOE  Exterior

On the outside of the ZOE, you get a pretty standard European supermini hatchback with a modern twist. Renault took great strides to make sure the ZOE stands out in a crowd, giving it a rounded face, super-modern headlights with LED daytime running lamps, and a pair of cheekbone-like side marker lights. At the base of the fascia, you get a small mouth that completes the car’s rather impressive face.

Down the side of the ZOE, you start to see the plain old Euro hatchback stamping come into play. Only a few minor styling keys, like the hidden rear door handle and swooping body line on the rear door, stand out. The rest of its side profile is pretty much “Blah.”

Unfortunately, Renault didn’t offer up a view of the ZOE’s backside, as it looks rather interesting from what we can see of it. We’re sure we’ll get a glimpse of it soon enough though.

Renault doesn’t get into what rims come standard on the base Expression model, but you can add on 16-inch Aerotronic wheels for £310 ($498 at the current exchange rates). For an added fee, you can opt for 17-inch Tech Run alloy wheels. This optional kit has a buy in of £400 ($643 at the current exchange rates).

A common safety concern for people with EVs is the fact that they are so quiet that pedestrians may not hear you coming and walk out without looking. Renault addressed this by including “Z.E. Voice” standard. Z.E. voice is an alarm system that is audible from 1 mpg to 18 mph.

The driver can choose from one of three different alarm sounds, or he can turn it off altogether if he wants to be a little sneakier.

Standard Exterior Equipment on Expression

Z.E. Voice

Renault Keycard

Tinted Rear Windows

RAID Automatic Door Locks

Renault Keycard W/ Hands-Free Functionality

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Wipers

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Camera (Intens Only)

2013 Renault ZOE  Interior

With the complexity of electric cars, we often see their interiors become very cluttered and confusing, leaving the driver to feel like he’s in a space shuttle rather than a car. Renault took a rather calm approach with the ZOE, fitting it with its own R-Link system that includes a 7-inch screen in the center stack, steering-wheel-mounted buttons, and voice recognition to help clean up some of the car’s functions.

The dashboard area is clean and clear, only featuring the R-Link interface and basic climate-control knobs. The dashboard features a three-tone setup with a dark undertone highlighted by a lighter insert that is surrounded by a third accent color, in the Dynamique Zen trim level. This tri-tone format continues throughout the inside of the car – on the door panels, steering wheel. and gear shifter.

Unfortunately, we don’t get a look at the base dashboard setup, but we’re sure it doesn’t vary too much.

A really neat optional feature is that the ZOE will heat or cool itself while the car is charging. This eliminates the need to drastically cool or heat the cabin once you start driving, which can have a big impact on battery consumption.

For a relatively low-priced EV, the Renault ZOE comes relatively well equipped. It comes standard with an 80-watt, four-speaker stereo system, R-Link with TomTom navigation, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, climate control, cruise control, ISOFIX mountings on passenger and outer rear seats, TFT gauges, and tilt and telescoping wheel.

Given the fact that Renault pretty much packed the base model to the gills, the Dynamique trims only add minor details. Things like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 140-watt stereo. On the Intens trim level, you get “Intens” dark interior ambience.

On the Zen model, Renault tosses in the “Zen” light interior ambience (pictured) with Teflon seat protection and “Zen Take Car by Renault,” which adds in an active scent diffusor, ionizer, and a toxicity sensor.

Standard Interior Equipment on Expression

80-Watt, Four-Speaker Stereo System

R-Link W/ TomTom Navigation

USB Port

Bluetooth Connectivity

Climate Control

Cruise Control

ISOFIX Mounts (Passenger Seat and Outer Rear Seats

TFT Gauges

Tilt and Telescoping Wheel


Under the hood of the ZOE houses a synchronous electric motor that produces up to 65 kW (88 horsepower) and 220 Nm (162 pound-feet) of torque immediately. That’s one of the wonders of electric cars; there is virtually no torque band at all, just straight to full power. Renault did not offer up a 0-to-60 time but it did release that its top speed is 84 mph.

Because the ZOE is direct-drive, like most electric vehicles, its acceleration is smooth and shift free. The total range of the ZOE is 130 miles, but Renault stays honest by clarifying this is only a reference. In real-world driving, Renault claims a 60-mile range in cold-weather city driving and 90 miles when driving in warmer climates in the city.

The ZOE’s Chameleon Charger is compatible with all power levels up to 43 kW, so there is no need to fumble around with buying adaptors. The charging time depends on the type of charging station you use, but it ranges from 30 minutes to nine hours.

Motor and Drivetrain Specifications:

Motor    Synchronous Electric Motor

Motor Output    65 kW (88 Horsepower)

Motor Torque    220 Nm (162 Pound-Feet)

Transmission    Direct Drive

Range    130 Miles (NEDC Cycle), 60 to 90 Miles (Renault “Real World” Claim)

2013 Renault ZOE  Pricing

The beautiful thing about the Renault ZOE is its pricing. It starts off as low as £14,444.44 ($23,241 at the current rates) with a tax credit that drops its price to £13,650 ($21,962 at the current rates). It does range upward from there, depending on the trim level you select.

On top of the base price, you will need to lease the battery, which ranges from £70 ($112 at the current rates) per month to £113 ($181 at the current rates) per month.

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