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Renault Zoe: Leading the vehicle charge

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AT THE of the new all-electric Renault Zoe in Lisbon the week, the French head of PR journalists through a Powerpoint proclaiming a new dawn in motoring. She us with facts. It s the fourth to Renault s ZE portfolio, which the Fluence, Twizy and Kangoo. process began back in Range is 93 miles and 87 per cent of made in Europe are less 40 miles.

Special Chameleon box can charge it to 80 per cent in half an

“And here,” she declared, “is the competition.”

The slide was blank. humour aside, she had a point.

an entry price of half a Leaf – £13,995 (plus £70 per for the battery), a stylish appearance and performance right up to motorway there isn’t another car quite like the Renault Zoe on the right now.

There’s a reason for that. says it’s because the is an eco-friendly trailblazer. A more observer might say it’s the technology and infrastructure don’t yet to make an electric car a truly option, and Renault is silently up a blind alley.

But I’m not a cynical Yes, this car is a non-starter for a lot of People who don’t want to own than one car. People who going for long drives. who don’t have a garage or a where they can plug it in.

But a Lamborghini Aventador isn’t to tick all the boxes for people kids, shopping bags, knees or a modicum of good and it seems to do all right.

Throughout the launch of the Zoe, we were reminded that this is a car. Not a concept, not a gimmick, not a alley. And they’re right. It is a car.

A real car with costs.

That £13,995 is for the entry-level model, after a government discount is applied. The battery rental only to those who do less than miles a year – it gets expensive if you do more, or if you do a lot of fast which wears out the battery quickly. On the bright side, still a lot cheaper than a Leaf and you get a 7kW charging wallbox for free by British Gas. wallbox can charge the Zoe to 100 per cent in hours, and will probably you around £3 in electricity.

For that, you get what Renault is a real-world range of up to 93 miles. The tested range in optimum is 130 miles, but Renault doesn’t pretend that a consumer ever come close to

There are three trim to choose from – the entry-level the Dynamique Zen and the Dynamique Intens. I the Zen model (£15,195), because you get enough zen when you’re in Lisbon.

The sparse, dazzlingly and light grey fascia is to create an unfussy, relaxed but when the sun hits it and it all reflects off the of the windscreen, I was anything but relaxed.

There’s an integrated air freshener set the fascia on the passenger side. If you it, a magnificently engineered tiny of fragrance slides out with a soft eject you will ever tire of. Underneath it is a and nasty plastic glove box which rattles you in the shins you open it.

I think they the budget on the air freshener.

The seats – in the case upholstered in special material – are comfy enough, but the imposing headrests limit visibility. There’s plenty of for driver and passengers alike, and the boot capacity is good for the car segment.

Starting the Zoe is as easy as it Put a foot on the brake, press the big button, and then look gormlessly until you remember isn’t any engine noise and the actually ready to go now. this in mind, the driver can three different running for the car to emit to avoid “alarming as Renault puts it. One sounds the Millennium Falcon, one sounds a disruptor beam from Trek and one sounds like three doors away the hoovering.

None of these things, you note, sound like Scotsman Motoring’s humble is that Renault offers realistic and recognisable sounds for Zoe to download via the car’s R-Link system – which already the ability to use a variety of downloadable and leisure apps. Our suggestions for include Throaty Maserati Turismo, Out-of-control Cement (to put the fear of God into cyclists) and Fiat Panda With Exhaust and Screechy Fanbelt.

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The 65kW, motor, which delivers of instantaneous torque, makes for a quick getaway at the lights. It stop there, though. It all the way up to around 60 or 70mph before it feels like it’s to run out of puff, or electrons or something, but it can go all the way up to although there is a definite of “this thing isn’t for this” above 65mph.

The Zoe makes for a particularly smooth, ride in urban settings. cobbles melted away insignificance while pootling the city, and one would imagine all but the yawning of Scottish potholes be absorbed fairly well. is, at points, nice and secure, in part to the 290kg, 22Kwh sitting underneath the chassis gives the car a low centre of gravity.

The Zoe into corners assertively, but comfortable suspension allows the to wallow and roll a little if cornering at speed. Meanwhile, the specially developed Michelin which are specifically designed to friction and therefore increase are, erm, specifically to reduce friction, so aren’t the

Braking is a strange affair. the foot down and it stops like other cars. But dabs result in Renault’s regenerative braking technology to the fore, as engine and pads to slow you down while harvesting some of that to put back into the battery.

it’s something a Zoe owner get used to after a while, but two days in Lisbon, a significant of UK motoring journalists reported hair-raising close encounters the car in front as the car didn’t come to a quite as early as expected.

The Zoe is indeed a “real” car, in “real” cars can never be but with that low entry good performance and decent it will certainly be the first viable electric option for a lot of In that respect, Renault indeed seem to be miles of the competition.

CAR Renault Zoe

PRICE £13,995 (plus £70 per month lease)

PERFORMANCE Max speed 0-62mph 13.5 secs

93 miles

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