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Renault Zoe Electric Cars

First drive: Renault ZOE

Renault’s latest all-electric is arguably one of the most important to the zero emissions motoring A car that looks, feels and like a hatchback yet produces in the way of O-Zone layer-destroying gasses. But most important trump is its price. £13,650 on the road it on a level with a new diesel-engined

Could this be the car to tempt sceptics? AOL Cars were the first to find out.

The and arguably most important car in burgeoning Z.E (Zero Emissions) that includes the van-like the four-door saloon Fluence and the plaything Twizy. ZOE fills the gap for an zero emissions hatchback looks and drives like an car.

What’s under the bonnet?

not really about what’s the bonnet — which is a 65kW electric motor produces the equivalent of 86bhp but what’s under the seats, is a large stack of state-of-the-art ion batteries. Combine the two and you get a nippy runaround that can hit 30mph standstill in around four The lack of gearbox also acceleration surprisingly smooth and but more about that

What’s the spec like?

trim levels are available with typically funky Expression, Dynamique Zen and Dynamique The former includes 15-inch wheels shod with decreased-resistance Michelin ENERGY E-V Renault’s simple but brilliantly R-Link touch screen system, climate and cruise Step up trim levels and treated to a rugged Teflon interior, reverse parking and a remote access system allows owners to pre-heat or the car’s cabin while it ensuring vital juice zapped while on the move.

In our opinion, this feature come as standard, especially a temperamental British climate.

Discounting hybrids such as the Ampera and Toyota Prius, the obvious would be the Nissan Arguably the original electric offers the same emissions-free experience but is a great deal expensive and lacks ZOE’s and sprightly drive. Both and Volkswagen will be offering an version of the Focus and Golf which will greatly the menu for environmentally-considerate car buyers.

But for now, ZOE’s range, and affordability are virtually unmatched in the E.V

What’s it like to drive?

good, actually. Electric tend to be terribly heavy, beasts that roll corners and crash over but Renault’s engineers have a stellar job in making the ZOE behave its rival superminis. Torque is always available, making away from the lights fun and the motor handles average speeds with relative

The steering is slightly on the vague with a fair bit of movement centre and the driving position is a bit thanks to the stacked batteries the driver but these are minor

The ZOE was never designed to be a sports car and it is at home darting in and out of busy, traffic than it is flat out country bends. But that it’s comfortable, peaceful and easy to get on with — all the demands of a modern family

Renault Zoe Electric Cars

The AOL Cars verdict

Range is still going to be a major for consumers and the ZOE can only manage 93 if driven sensibly but more 62 miles if the roads get interesting. But insists that its patented charging system will life easier as its one-size-fits-all allows the ZOE to be charged in just 30 from a 43kW outlet. If charging isn’t available, it take 9 hours from a socket.

Electric Vehicles remain a concept to fathom, however assures us its salespeople will force the ZOE onto their But if the many criteria are matched commute is within range, cover more than miles a year, their can facilitate a wall-mounted charging etc.) then the ZOE is a viable and option, especially as Renault throw in the wall-mounted charging free of charge. Still

Take one out on a test drive and it becomes clear that not so different to other hatchbacks all.

The knowledge

Model: Renault ZOE

£13,650 (after UK Plug-In battery leasing from per month

Engine: 65kW motor

Power: 86bhp

Max 84mph (limited)


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