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First Drive: 2013 Zoe Electric Hatchback

As anyone who has an electric car in the past few years tell you, electric haven’t always been cheap. Or at least, the ones of driving on the motorway haven’t.

Due to go on later this year at a price of £18,995 (£13,995 a £5,000 UK Government Plug-in Car the Renault Zoe is Renault’s attempt to electric motoring truly for everyone.

From a distance, Zoe very much like the generation Renault Clio, a little taller. That’s surprising, since Zoe shares of its chassis and running gear the popular hatchback.

But perhaps the shocking similarity between Zoe and is the price. While the base-level 1.2 16-vale Clio Expression+ is cheaper than the base-level the zippy Zoe is only a few hundred more expensive than the Expression+ Eco 2 TCe 90 with Stop/Start.

How has made Zoe so much cheaper the competition? The secret is its battery model.

Unlike some automakers which sell you the car and the pack, Renault sells you the but then leases you the battery for a set monthly fee. How much you pay depends on how many miles you be driving in a year.

For example, if you on driving around 7,500 per year, you’ll be paying £70 per on a 36 month battery rental Driving 12,000 miles in a monthly rental of £93.

Why battery rental? As well as a regular monthly income to the battery rental insulates the from any premature battery as the lease agreement covers maintenance and a minimum guaranteed health.

In other words, the warranty is unlimited, provided you pay rental agreement every

In addition, Renault’s ownership includes preferential rental for those who don’t have to a longer range petrol car for beyond the Zoe’s range.

Day or Renault says it will you can get behind the wheel of a petrol or car to make those long-distance the Zoe can’t easily manage.


a great selling point, but not so sure you’ll need it.

You Zoe is the first mass-produced electric car to go on with an onboard charger will revolutionise the way we think electric cars.

Meet the charger, a tiny powerhouse of a capable of refilling the Zoe a dizzying of ways.

For regular home-based Zoe will charge from a 16 amp, single phase box in between 6 and 8 hours.

Then, when using a Station like the Zero World 32A type 2 unit, it can in half that time, 4 hours.

But that’s not all. to an ability to charge using power, Zoe can also charge in 2 using an 11 kW three-phase Charging At a suitable 22 kW three-phase charging you’ll get to 80 percent full in an hour, while a purpose-built 43 kW Station will refill the packs to 80 percent full in a under 30 minutes.

It’s ability to take power virtually any source and use it to charge its packs, which makes the Zoe an important vehicle.

Sadly all that flexibility comes at a Zoe will be the first electric car in the UK which will not charge a 13A wall outlet. While possible, Renault has said it not offer the feature as standard Zoe launches in June this

If there’s enough demand, has indicated it will examine the for future use. For now, 16A, 230V is the slowest you can meaning you’ll need a station at home before you buy

While this may exclude from buying a Zoe, we this its public charging will outweigh this flaw by most car buyers and able to spend a few hundred on a Charging Station for their

On paper, Zoe has an NEDC-approved range of 130 but even Renault admits will be between 60 and 93 miles in life, depending on how it is driven.

said, there are a host of in Zoe designed to make driving as as possible.

Here are just

First, Renault has replaced the heating system found in its ZE and Kangoo ZE electric cars a heat pump. Similar to the one in the 2013 Nissan Leaf, heat pump can transfer up to 3 of heat energy using 1 kilowatt of electrical energy. In driving, this translates to energy being used to the cabin, and improved range in the

Next, Renault has replaced the brakes found on most with what it calls a braking system . Instead of a connection between the pedal and the discs, Renault’s system an onboard micro-controller to determine if the car be slowed down using the regenerative braking system, the brakes, or both.

In this Renault ensures it recaptures as of the kinetic energy of movement you slow down as possible, it back into electrochemical which it can then store in the pack.

Third, Zoe comes with a new set of low tyres, designed by Michelin for electric cars. Making premiere on Zoe, the tyres a special compound which unparalleled energy efficiency normal driving conditions compromising handling.

Like electric cars on the market, Zoe a choice between a standard mode and an eco driving mode, limits the power drain on the 65 kilowatt motor and electrical

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When driven in town, Eco is more than adequate to traffic, maximising range per On the open road, Eco Mode is slower to accelerate than the drive mode, although an kickdown simulation gives to full power should you it.

Which brings us neatly to the of handling and performance. On the open, wet around Cascais, Portugal, our Zoe performed admirably for the conditions, the roads well and offering body roll on corners.

it came to acceleration, we found the Zoe to 30 mph in no time at all, beating from porsche cayennes to a VW R32 off the lights. However, Zoe quickly ran out of around the 50 mph mark, despite an top speed of 83 mph.

That’s a major flaw in a car designed for the city life, but it may make you twice before overtaking on anything but a major A road out of

With fit, finish and appropriate to a B-segment car, are no major surprises when it to the options list. Renault’s — a system comprising of a modified TomTom navigation and telematics which let you monitor and your car remotely — is as standard across the range, as is a acceptable 4x20W radio, with USB input, 3.5mm SD card slot and bluetooth Note the lack of CD player, may infuriate those without a music player.

A major of the Zoe’s design means the SD card slot, which doubles up as the map slot for the navigation is all too easy to hit when placing in the centre console. And because SD are usually sprung-loaded, the SD card the maps flew out.

after reinserting it, nothing leaving us without navigation in a city — forcing us to to the airport and pick up a replacement

The navigation directions too, late and sub-par. Resorting to maps running on an iPhone us more precise directions Renault’s on-board TomTom could muster.

Niggles the Zoe combines the practicality of a small hatchback, the largest boot of any car in its class, and an easy driving

Visibility is good, and for those some extra chic, even an on-board air ioniser and dispenser for when city gets too much.

While the Zoe doesn’t ooze the feel of some other cars on the market, it looks, and behaves as a 1.1 liter hatchback It just happens to be powered by instead.

Despite its little however, the chameleon charger everything better. In fact, it charging so simple, everyone want to have a go at plugging in.

design? No. Revolutionary concept? No. experience? Yes.

The humble Zoe is the electric car to bring the joys of emission motoring to the masses. And like a french pastry, we you’ll find it irresistible.

La Revolution Electrique!

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