Electric response expected for Renault ZOE

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Electric response expected for Renault ZOE

• Flagship model in Renault’s four-strong EV line-up

• 130-mile range

• Affordable pricing brings it alongside regular superminis

The Renault ZOE, an all-electric supermini, is now available to reserve – for just £49. The ZOE will be the flagship model in Renault’s four-strong EV line-up and boasts the longest range of any electric car on sale today – 130 miles. This will also be the most affordable, practical, electric car when it goes on sale in the UK in Spring 2013, costing just £13,650 on the road (after Government incentive).

Renault Zoe Electric Cars

The ZOE will be available in three trim levels – Expression, Dynamique Zen and Dynamique Intens, all three of which come with innovations to increase range, which are unique to Renault. These are a new generation re-generative braking system (which harvests energy lost through braking to re-charge the batteries), a heat pump (which can heat the interior without using too much battery power) and unique Michelin Electric Vehicle tyres. Whilst the car has achieved a range of 130 miles, this is a reference figure and Renault themselves expect a range of around 90 miles in temperate suburban conditions, which is reduced to 60 miles in cold weather conditions – these are still better than its EV rivals, however.

Renault’s electric supermini is also the first car to come with the Chameleon charger – which has been patented by Renault. This enables the car to be 80 per cent charged in just 30 minutes. It will also be the first car to get the R-Link multimedia system which enables the driver to download tablet/smartphone-esque apps and also control various systems in the car via its seven-inch touchscreen, voice activation and steering wheel controls.

Styling-wise, the ZOE gets the same bold front end that has already been seen on the upcoming Clio and was first debuted on the Renault deZir concept last year. The ZOE also gets narrow, LED enhanced headlights and a smaller grille (as the electric motor does not need as much cooling as a pertrol/diesel engine).

One issue with silent EVs is the risk they pose to pedestrians. The ZOE, however, comes equipped with an alarm which is audible between 1 and 18mph, which alerts pedestrians to your proximity, thereby reducing the likelihood of a collision. Three different sounds are available to the driver and the system can be fully dis-engaged.

The ZOE’s electric motor puts out 87bhp and 162lb/ft of torque, which enables it to reach a limited top speed of 84mph.

When the car reaches showrooms next year, it will cost between £13,650 and £14,750, after the Government Plug-in Vehicle incentive is taken into account. You will also have to budget for battery hire, which starts at £70 per month.

By James Richardson

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