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RENAULT Zoe – Electric Car Dynamique Intens 65kW Auto

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Aug 28, 2013 By

With every new electric car s launched, you could be forgiven for that we re getting closer to an s dream of carbon-free motoring .

Of there s still the dirty secret that the electricity to charge the cars has yet to be generated from rainbows, but with new arrival comes fewer and everyday compromises.

A prime of this is Renault s Zoe, an alternative to the likes of its maker s own supermini. Cars like the Zoe the introduction of products designed the outset as full electric not modified existing cars with all the inherent compromises.

Of course we ve seen most of before in the shape of Nissan s sized Leaf, although the firm s offering is pitched at affluent buyers. The Zoe s interior might not be as plush as the Leaf s, but the is a price tag closer to the aforementioned And if you want to generate mass-market you need to focus your on the buyers of Clios, Fiesta and the

Visually the Zoe is as sensible as they and, in truth, puts of its engine-powered rivals to shame in the department. Inside, the Zoe s light and cabin is a welcome attribute. influenced by the latest generation the Zoe s main controls and displays a no-fuss approach to motoring.

And then there s the driving and experience, which has been the of so many electric cars in years. Regarding the former, the Zoe very much like a supermini with an auto Acceleration from rest is and the overall experience is a smooth with modest acceleration instantly for the occasional bursts of when maintaining pace rush-hour traffic.

Predictably the car perfectly at home around all in all, a good effort.

The thorny subject of living and charging, electric cars is with neatly by the Zoe; the hardware is stored in the car s easily nose, while the charge can be reduced to just a few hours if you opt for a wall box to supplement the ability to power from a conventional

Officially the Zoe s range is around 130 but even Renault admits the world figure will be lower depending on driver and outside temperature the latter can range if it s very cold. said, around 80 miles be achievable even without to turning off the air-con or radio. And the daily commutes of buyers in the for a Zoe are likely to be modest compared to of a motorway-munching company car driver, any serious range anxiety

As far as the current crop of electric go, the Zoe appears to be one of the most conventional in the way it drives and integrates into life. The car s Ford Fiesta-esque tag is certainly attractive, although to get to such a figure Renault has to separate the battery from the car in the financial equation.

Average drivers will pay an all-inclusive charge of £70 to lease the battery, that figure rising or slightly if you decide to rack up or fewer miles respectively. with this worry-free there s also the prospect of regular running and servicing It s expected that major wear brakes and suspension for will easily be less for a conventional car, while the road tax should please you as as the presence of a generous government to take the sting out of the purchase

There s little any car maker can do to along the expansion of the public network, but making its products appealing will go a long way to the take-up of such vehicles, in encouraging that expansion. the Zoe delivers a cost-effective, easy-to-live-with and pleasing proposition could be the in the arm advocates of electric motoring are for.


Renault Zoe Dynamique Zen, £15,195 on the road plus battery leasing charge.

Engine: electric motor equivalent) plus lithium-ion

Transmission: single speed, the front wheels.

Performance: speed 84mph, 0-62mph seconds.

Range: 130 miles.

CO2 zero from the vehicle.


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