$20 000 Renault Zoe electric city car

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Matt Campbell

New Renault Zoe

Renault’s new affordable electric car.

Could this be the first affordable electric car to be sold in Australia?

The Renault Zoe is being touted as the car that could shape the way buyers think about EVs, with the diminutive French hatchback now on sale in the UK and France priced from just 13,650 ($20,350) or 15,700 ($19,570).

Those prices include generous government incentives — which the Australian government refuses to offer — that reduce the price of the car significantly. In the UK, the incentive totals close to AU$6500, while French buyers receive a AU$6200 incentive that brings the cost down to about AU$19,000.

Much like a remote control toy, the Zoe comes without batteries — which is the main reason it can be sold so cheap. The batteries are leased on a three-year/12,500km per year agreement, with French buyers expected to shell out 79 ($98) per month for the batteries. That totals 2844 ($3545) over three years, but it means that if anything goes wrong, they’ll be replaced without charge.

The car owner is also likely to get fresh batteries if or when they start a new lease.

While the aforementioned asking prices are by no means directly translatable to Australia, the Zoe will — when it makes it here, likely in 2014 — almost certainly undercut much higher priced, yet similarly sized, cars such as Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV ($48,800).

The Zoe is powered by a 65kW electric motor that produces 220Nm of torque. The best outcome range for the car is rated at 210 kilometres, however Renault has stated that it expects the car will realistically achieve 145 kilometres during regular suburban use, while the range drops drastically to just under 100 kilometres if it’s cold outside.

It can be charged in nine hours by a regular wall-plug, while a rapid-charge, 32 amp three-phase line will see its batteries replenished in one hour. The initial versions of the car do not feature the battery swap Quick Drop system seen in the larger Fluence ZE sedan, but are expected to be offered at a later date.

The Zoe is close to the same size as a VW Polo, at 4.08 metres long, 1.73m wide and 1.56m high (Polo: 4.06m; 1.68m; 1.50m). And despite its compact dimensions, the city car boasts a 328-litre boot — big enough to make some Mazda3-size hatchbacks blush.

Inside, the Zoe is the first model to feature Renault’s new net-connected R-Link media system . a seven-inch touch-screen tablet computer with navigation and web browsing capability. The best bit about the system (in our opinion) is that it does away with those notoriously fiddly French buttons.

As with the due-in-2012 Fluence ZE ,the Zoe will probably be sold here excluding the cost of the batteries. They are expected to instead be owned by electric car infrastructure company Better Place, with the owner of the having to pay a fee for access to the charging network and — if the cars offered here are equipped with the Quick Drop system — battery swap stations.

Renault Australia corporate communications coordinator Emily Ambrosy says the company is excited about the car, even though it is unlikely to be here before 2014.

We love Zoe, we think it’s an amazing car — we think it’s the future for Renault, and we look forward to it being a part of the lineup in the future, Ambrosy says.

She says that the generous incentives seen in other nations around the world make the car attractive to a range of different buyers, and the company is hopeful that some level of government encouragement will be made available to future EV buyers in the short term.

We, along with other manufacturers such as Nissan, have been quite involved in discussions with the government, she says. But at this stage there’s no incentives to report on that I’m aware of.

31 comments so far

It’s easily the best looking electro/enviro car I’ve come across. A lot of the styling of the Japanese cars that they’re pumping out leaves much to be desired. This new generation of cars are different, but they don’t need to be ugly.

Commenter Boz Location Melbourne Date and time March 09, 2012, 11:51AM

Nice. The more options the better when it comes to EVs. Obviously they are expensive now because the technology is new but the main expense is the batteries so this is a smart move.

Many of us lease cars already so it’s a familiar concept.

No doubt someone will come on here and complain that he can’t drive from Sydney to Darwin on a single charge but for many people 145km is far more than needed per day. Even 100km is fine, not many places in Oz get as cold as Europe on a regular basis.

The battery is rated at 22kwh capacity. So at 25c per kwh that 145kms will cost you the princely sum of $5.50. If your normal car takes you 500km in the city then the equivalent in the Zoe would be $19.

If you are on a TOU tariff and recharge at off peak rates then your ‘tank of petrol’ will only cost you less than $8. Pretty sweet.

Commenter Biff Location Randwick Date and time March 09, 2012, 12:06PM

So the Ozzie government won’t provide subsidies to encourage the change to electric cars but keeps handing over billions of tax payer dollars to the old dinosaurs GM and Ford to keep them on life support and in their state of terminal decline.

Wouldn’t it make sense to encourage Renault to manufacture in Australia and let the dinosaurs become extinct?

Commenter Luqi Location Beijing Date and time March 09, 2012, 12:07PM

Touche. Just what I wanted to say. I am fed-up with governments (all over the globe) handing out money to companies so they can pay dividends to investors while people struggling are providing the funds.

Commenter ab Location Date and time March 09, 2012, 3:10PM

You know, this would have been a perfect opportunity to stimulate an Australian EV car manufacturing industry that’s actually owned by Australians, not foreigners!

You guys better do something soon before the accountants of Australian corps, outsource all your jobs, or close past Australian owned companies down that can not compete with much cheaper, OS labour.

Pray that you don’t end up like the UK. Learn from the great mistakes, of others.

Commenter Manfred Radius Location Hong Kong Date and time March 10, 2012, 10:32PM

$100 per month for the batteries? I don’t use that much fuel in a month, so there’s no point in me getting one. I’m still waiting for electric cars to become relevant.

Commenter HZ Location Date and time March 09, 2012, 12:09PM

Don’t forget that it takes 9 hours on 240v power to recharge. That’s approx 21kWh of power which at current electricity rates is

$5. Assume the average driver drives 30km per day, that’s a recharge every 3 days or $50 per month in electricity bills. Added to the $100 battery hire.

So total of $150 per month to run the car.

For petrol we’re looking at say 10L/100km that’s 90L of petrol per month, at $1.40/L that’s $126 per month.

Commenter solgar Location Date and time March 09, 2012, 5:03PM

I think that analysis misses the point. The cost of the battery lease is part of the capital cost of the car — purchase price; not the cost of running it — consumable cost.

I suspect the reasons that the battery is leased is to remove a concern about the vehicles from the table — what if my battery stops working after 5 years? If is is leased and exchanged after three that seems to deal with that problem.

The $50per month electricity cost compared to $126 per month for fuel is the right comparison.

I would argue the relevance of electric cars goes beyond the wallet. If we want personal mobility we need to reduce the harm we do to the environment in enjoying that freedom.


Commenter AWM Location Melbourne Date and time March 12, 2012, 9:18AM

Lets see Gillard introduce these same incentives if she’s serious about a Clean Green future instead of a Carbon Tax.

Renault could crack the electric car market wide open with this car, $20K (with incentives) + $100/month for battery lease. Not bad, just need somewhere to plug it in.

Commenter Gazza Location Date and time March 09, 2012, 12:10PM

I recon most Aussie’s other than the Politicians think this way. Maybe they should stop for a second realise that we cannot keep paying for their mess and give us what we want. Green cars incentivsed by clever policy, stop sending our money to the oil rich countries and keep Australia green in a way that is affordable to most and the Electricity companies find a way to make a little more money instead of slugging us all the time.

Commenter Agreed Location Melbourne Date and time March 09, 2012, 3:32PM

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