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Renault hits electric with the Zoe

IT’S a bold to stake so much of a car-maker’s on purely electric power but what struggling Renault has That conviction has led to the creation of a range of electric vehicles includes the bizarre Twizy and an van.

The electric Renault Zoe can to various voltage levels

the spearhead of these ambitions is the This new supermini has been from the ground up as a purely car. What’s more rather good, which is why you just dismiss it out of hand.

The challenge facing car-makers has to increase the range of all-electric pushing the boundaries of battery and employing sophisticated energy-saving

Despite some progress is still pitching the Zoe as a second if you need a supermini for longer you’re better off with a new on which the Zoe is based.

Like the Clio the Zoe gets doors and a unique body distinctive, if rather tall.

the bonnet is an electric motor 88bhp while the battery is located under the floor. the Zoe will cover the 0 to 60mph in 13.5 seconds before on to a top speed of 84mph, although potential owners are unlikely to it that hard.

If your perception of an electric vehicle is a float you’ll be in for a shock driving the Zoe for the first time.

no sound when you start up but hit the and the Zoe positively leaps forward, speed with silent and muscle. This is because an motor develops all of its grunt and at any motor speed, unlike a car that takes time to up power.

In outright performance terms the Zoe is no sports car but in typical urban it feels very strong. At up to it emits one of three peculiar to warn pedestrians that it is

Renault claims its fully-charged of 130 miles is a new class benchmark but admits that in the real the figure will drop to 90 or so, and 60 in cold, wet weather when the and wipers are going full

That doesn’t sound much but the company is quick to out that 80 per cent of journeys fewer than 40 miles. For our we managed to drive a fully-charged Zoe a busy city for a couple of and still have plenty of range.

You shouldn’t need to about the battery itself Renault will replace it it drops below a certain

More important are your options. Renault has teamed up British Gas to offer a free wall-mounted charging box that replenish the Zoe’s battery in three-and-a-half hours.

Thanks to Renault calls a Chameleon the Zoe can adapt to various voltage meaning all the driver has to do is plug the into the socket and the car will out the technicalities.

Find a powerful point and you can get an 80 per cent charge in 30 minutes. However unlike the and Fluence, two of Renault’s other models, the Zoe can’t be plugged a three-pin household socket. Renault has said it is working on a it’s an odd oversight.

Driving the Zoe is a case of stop and go, using the two and setting your course the light but accurate enough It’s not entertaining like a but it’s competent, comfortable and easy to drive.

Even at speed it’s with the loudest intrusion the of air past the side windows.

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space is adequate for a car of this and class but mounting the batteries the seats means the driving is very upright with a of being on top of the vehicle rather in it. Rear seat headroom is for taller passengers.

That it’s a stylish and for the most well-made cabin that the exterior, gives the Zoe a unique and feel.

Unlike the Kangoo and The Zoe can’t be plugged into a household socket

It’s not like a Mini but it’s comfortable and overall easy to

Perfectly integrated into the console the Renault R-Link the very latest in multimedia Looking a lot like an iPad, it effective functions such as phone link-up and audio, with Renault’s wide of Zoe apps. You can even pre-heat or the car at a set time by using your

The three Zoe models (Expression, Zen and Dynamique Intens) are priced £13,995 and £15,195. While figures are competitive for the conventional segment based on size after the UK government’s plug-in car of nearly £5,000.

What included is the hire of the battery (you don’t buy them) depending on your annual is about £70 a month. has calculated the Zoe has an incredibly low emissions of 54g/km when the creation of the in the national grid is taken account.


Purchasing a Zoe is even personal than that of a vehicle but the crucial factor is your lifestyle matches it can offer.

Until the range of the batteries is charging technology developed and the of charging points increased is already happening) it will ever have a very appeal.

However this is the all-electric vehicle that a convincing case for itself and a milestone.

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