Road Test Renault ZOE Dynamique Intens EV Fleet World

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The Renault ZOE is one of those which reminds you how quickly vehicle technology is moving this is, for most people, bit as usable as a petrol or diesel

Range isn t much of an issue in segment. Superminis typically mostly local, short where the claimed 130-mile range on offer from the ZOE is We tested the car in cold weather the range dropped to around 80 not helped by the constant need to the cabin, and even this is than adequate.

But, you wish to take it out of its comfort you can. Renault and Alliance Nissan have helped an ever-growing network of rapid at service stations along the UK s routes, working with This means the ZOE can be topped up to 80% in less than half an for free, using 100% energy.

Yes, this adds a time to the journey but while are where EVs are least efficient and drops off quickly, the network is now so spaced that you can comfortably hop them without feather-footed and with the heaters turned on. If you can the 60mph speed cap, throttle responses and less demisters, Eco mode will you further.

Even better, while s a drop-off in charging speeds it passes 80% capacity, the battery soaks up power at an impressive During our time with the it charged from 7% to 96% in 39 minutes.

The in the side of this flexibility is ZOE s unique Chameleon charging which is designed to work dedicated chargers, is no longer with a conventional three-pin so unusually the car isn t supplied with a to plug into a standard supply.

With wallboxes now by the Government, Renault believes drivers will have charging equipment at home, the or both. But it does mean trips to locations without equipment are trickier. It s also taking extra care the charging port, which is backwards, isn t sheltered from the as in a LEAF, and is very sensitive to and water contamination.

Otherwise, though, it s a familiar car to live with. The battery, under the cabin, lifts the position noticeably higher its conventionally powered sibling but the is spacious and the familiar R-Link system is as easy to use as it is elsewhere. is brisk, but a simulated engine mode would be helpful on hills.

Looks are in its favour, It s perhaps a little high-sided to the almost coupe-like Clio, but it has a street presence and looks with its blue-highlighted lights. The is the light-coloured interior. Finished in an colour, the plastics and floor are prone to showing dirt and the top reflects onto the windscreen in sunlight.

Battery leasing costs complicate things. It s like a mobile phone contract, in you need to be replacing a car which the same value of petrol or each month to make the weigh up. But for a 9,000-mile per year, lease, the 77 monthly battery cost equates to around 700 in a 60mpg diesel car, not in the electricity.

However, with the infrastructure in to support it, the ZOE has just become one of the usable electric cars on the compared to a conventionally-powered model provided you can make the leasing add up.

Renault Zoe Electric Cars

Electric power make a lot of in this sector, where the are big and usable enough to cover the needed to offset the technology but small enough for a mostly life not to be a struggle. For most drivers, there wouldn t be too effort required when the switch to a ZOE.


Type: Battery-electric vehicle

Price: 13,995 (including grant and excluding battery

Fuel: N/A

Electric range: 130

CO2 emissions (tailpipe): 0g/km


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