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Auto Express: Zoe is most electric car to date

A short test in the new Renault Zoe, in March 2012.


Auto Wrote: Normally, driving an car across a frozen lake be the smartest idea, but these normal circumstances. We’re of the Artic circle, near the of Kiruna, Sweden, to join development team and experience testing in pre-production versions of the Zoe – which you’ll be able to buy in

The Zoe is the fourth electric Renault to – following the Kangoo Z.E. Fluence and Twizy – but it’s by far the significant. Although it resembles a futuristic version of the Clio, been designed from the up to be an electric car, and claims a of world firsts.

Firstly, the £13,650 price tag (£12,340 than the Nissan Leaf), is barely more than a Clio and the lowest of any mass-production car. There’s a catch of – you have to lease the batteries for a of £70 a month, but that does a full recovery service, includes being rescued your battery runs

It’s also the first EV to a ‘Chameleon’ charger, which any level of power input – so takes anywhere between 30 from a industrial-spec fast to nine hours from a socket. And then there’s the – 130 miles under optimum – although Renault admits closer to 90 miles around and 60 miles in the cold weather we experienced in Sweden.

Power from an 88bhp electric – 20bhp less than the – mounted on the front axle, and behind the wheel the experience is as as we’ve come expect. We only allowed a few kilometres of on compacted snow and with tyres instead of the specially-designed Michelins that production will get, but first are good.

Because the batteries are mounted the floor, and in the middle of the car, is excellent and body roll The forgiving suspension deals with rutted snow – so we can the Zoe will be every bit at relaxing to around town as the Leaf. As for the and braking performance, it’s to learn huge amounts a vast white backdrop and no points – but let’s just say the Zoe will feel comfortably on the road than its 0-62mph of 13.5 seconds suggests.

Up close, the Zoe is an attractive piece of The full-width grille and LED running are a fresh interpretation of the new family while the hidden rear handles are a nice touch – it the look of a three-door at a glance.

On the the Zoe feels firmly from the Push the starter button, and greeted by a series of sci-fi effects. The R-Link central handles everything from to the stereo controls, while the TFT instrument panel tells you speed and whether you’re power from the batteries or it back to them.

This is done via the intelligent braking system, which its force depending on how hard you the brake pedal.

Renault to sell tens of thousands of each year, and will them on the same production as the new Clio 4. It’s easy to see why is so confident. Electric charging is growing by the day, and the Zoe is the best-priced, attractive and easy to use electric car to

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