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RENAULT Zoe – Electric Car Dynamique Intens 65kW Auto

Renault ZOE

Renault’s ZOE aims to an affordable solution to those who like the idea of a practical car. Andy Enright

Ten Second Review

The problem electric cars to date is the ones you’d want to have been hugely Renault is bent on changing and the ZOE supermini brings a £14,000 tag with a claimed 130 mile What’s stopping you?

If you’ve ever hankered an electric car, there have been a few impediments to an purchase. The first wave of cars looked nothing than mobility scooters by disability benefit frauds. a good look. Then a second generation of vehicles looked more like but which carried price that read like a bad

Electric cars were cheap and horrible or expensive and adequate. One manufacturer above all is to change that and it’s There’s the fun Twizy lightweight car, the Fluence Z.E. and even a Kangoo van that are all powered. Some manufacturers may an electric model, maybe but Renault is going all-out on one.

The best and most of the lot so far looks to be the ZOE supermini.

Driving Experience

The ZOE is designed for driving, so the steering has been to offer a smooth effortless Likewise, the throttle pedal offer too much in the way of resistance but the responds to a good hoofing seems a little odd at first. all electric cars, the ZOE feels quiet as it pulls away, no discernible engine noise than a faint whine. usually means you’ll every bump and thump the road as a result, but Renault has a good job on chassis refinement and quality is excellent.

To prevent waltzing out in front of its silent the ZOE emits a sound at low speeds but you can hear it at all from inside the The ‘Z.E. Voice’ can be switched three different sounds or can be switched off if you fancy a new bonnet Handling is as good as you’d for a car with such a low centre of

The synchronous electric motor rotor coil has a power of 65kW, equivalent to 88hp, and delivers maximum torque of Acceleration and pull-away are responsive low speeds, while its top speed is to 84mph.

Design and Build

Remember this moment, it might just be the time electric car technology finally with the mainstream. Most would walk past the ZOE and not it for anything other than latest cute little Rather refreshingly, its design doesn’t appear to be a Jolly Cab Total Recall. Instead pertly-styled with a large that some have to the protruding lip of a surly toddler but its curvaceous flanks and neat shape, it’s quite a thing.

The fascia is decidedly with a digital strip in of the traditional clocks and a moulded stack dominated by a large touch screen. Some of the aren’t going to give designers anything much to about but being built to a price is very much the of this car. It’s no bad

The view out is extremely good as you sit high but a lack of seat adjustability might prove an for taller drivers. As with superminis, space in the back is mini than super but is good thanks to the standard layout, and there’s more enough room back for the kids. One substantial plus is the 338-litre boot which to 1,225-litres should you fold the rear bench.

Market and Model

RENAULT Zoe – Electric Car Dynamique Intens 65kW Auto

The ZOE is offered in trim levels — Dynamique Zen and Dynamique Intens and all feature the multimedia system, as standard. To enable drivers to its functions without taking eyes off the road, R-Link a big seven-inch display, steering controls and voice recognition. It delivers integrated connectivity motoring services and applications from the R-Link Store. pre-conditioning heats or cools cabin when the vehicle is so when the driver gets the car, the cabin is just the temperature and battery charge is in use. As a further neat this can be activated remotely via the smartphone on Dynamique Zen and Dynamique versions.

The base ZOE Expression with an on-the-road price of £14,000, after the Government Car Grant deduction, while the Zen and Intens versions cost over £15,000. You’ll to add battery hire to that which comes in from £70 per month. Standard on the entry-level Expression includes the voice controlled TomTom navigation with 7 touchscreen, USB AUX-in, SD multimedia and Bluetooth, control, cruise control, a keycard and a speed limiter The Dynamique Intens and Dynamique Zen get automatic lights and wipers, a stereo, leather trim for the wheel, electric rear and rear parking sensors.

The Intens gets a rear sensor and a dark interior whereas the Zen gets a pale with Teflon-coated upholstery and an scent diffuser.

Cost of

Once you’ve paid the cost of the car, you’ll need to budget around per month for the hire of the battery. covers you for use of the battery for 36 months and up to miles per year and adds over £2,500 to the three-year of running the ZOE. This with it a bunch of its own calculations. Add the per day additional electricity costs and would buy you maybe 750 miles of per month in a diesel supermini, or to put it way, more than ZOE battery hire agreement is you. Renault quotes a 130 range but in real world that’ll shrink to around 60 in cold weather and 90 miles it’s a bit warmer.

Three key assist in giving the car respectable bi-modal regenerative braking, a pump and MICHELIN Energy E-V Customers also get the clever charger. Patented by Renault, charger is compatible with all levels from 3kW up to 43kW. batteries at a charging station can between 30 minutes and nine with 80 per cent of full power able to be achieved 30 minutes using a Rapid 43 kW AC power source.

Where the ZOE scores a knockout is if you need to travel into zones. London offers exemption while Westminster offers four hours parking and a number of charging Renault still hasn’t got round the issue that urban drivers have to their cars parked on the and so have no practical way of recharging a home power point.


The Renault ZOE is another step the electric vehicle becoming a practical mode of transport for the motorist. There are still a of caveats that will mass take-up but most of are due to the inherent nature of electric themselves rather than any in the ZOE in particular. On the contrary, it’s a little thing and might be the most attractive electric currently on sale. If you have parking and a short-ish and predictable commute, the numbers don’t out at all badly and there aren’t small cars that are more relaxing to pilot the city streets. With a that will tend to between 60 and 90 miles on a full the ZOE is capable of most average but the arithmetic still works out in of small diesel superminis on a costs basis.

Until congestion charge only offer exemptions for emission vehicles, that’s to be very hard to change. The gap is though and many drivers be willing to pay a small premium for the smooth ride, silent and feel-good vibe. If it works for why not?

RENAULT Zoe – Electric Car Dynamique Intens 65kW Auto
RENAULT Zoe – Electric Car Dynamique Intens 65kW Auto
RENAULT Zoe – Electric Car Dynamique Intens 65kW Auto
RENAULT Zoe – Electric Car Dynamique Intens 65kW Auto
RENAULT Zoe – Electric Car Dynamique Intens 65kW Auto
RENAULT Zoe – Electric Car Dynamique Intens 65kW Auto

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