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ZOE leads Renault’s charge

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N IGEL Potter can’t keep the grin off his face these days and in fairness, managing a Renault dealership at the moment is probably one of the better jobs in the motor industry.

After a brutal restructuring which saw models and dealers axed and a ruthless determination to raise build quality standards and eradicate problems with the electrical components in particular, Renault has now turned a corner.

This year it has launched the brilliant new Clio, a lovely car, it is taking the industry by storm with the success of its Dacia value brand (which is doing exceptionally well here in North Staffordshire), it is about to introduce the Captur as a rival to the Nissan Juke and other small sports cross-overs and it has just unveiled this model, the new ZOE, its all-new electric car.

By the time you read this article I will have spent a day with Renault/Dacia and driven several of its new cars including the ZOE which you can read about next week but for the moment I have to take the word of Nigel, who sits in his office at the Holdcroft Renault dealership on Leek Road.

He simply says: It’s brilliant. It is the first electric car that looks like a normal car, it is affordable, it is comfortable, easy to drive and above all it is practical with real world driving responses and a proper range.

I live 30 miles away and I do not have a home charger so the ZOE has to get me from here at night and back in the morning but even with a 95 per cent charge, not a full range, I can do the return journey driving it at the same speed as a normal car and still have 24 miles range left.

It depends on how you drive and obviously if you are burning along the motorway at high speed the ZOE is limited to 84 mph it will get through the charge more quickly but on main roads and in towns where the braking can help put energy back into the battery it is probably better than a little petrol or diesel car.»

ZOE is the only electric vehicle to feature the Chameleon charger.

Patented by Renault, this charger is compatible with all power levels from 3kW up to 43kW.

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Charging batteries at a charging station can take between 30 minutes and nine hours, with 80 per cent of full battery power able to be achieved within 30 minutes using a Rapid Charger.

OK, so it has a proper range but what about the 64,000 dollar question so to speak — how much is it? So far EVs have been far too expensive for most pockets but the ZOE comes in at £13,995 and for that you also get a free charger unit installed at your home.

Nigel says: I think this is the first electric car that is going to tempt normal motorists out of their petrol and diesel hatchbacks.

It looks like a normal car, it costs about the same, it is actually easier to drive because there are no gears and of course you never have to visit a filling station.

Electric cars have been slow to take off but I think they have been too challenging, expensive and limited for the average motorist. But look at what is happening.

BMW is about to get into EVs with its i3 and i8 and I think the BMW reputation will give the EV industry a big boost and we now have cars like ZOE in the showroom which genuinely offers a lot of advantages over a conventional car with none of the disadvantages of previous EVs. This could be the game changer.»

You can read John Swift’s road test on the ZOE in next week’s Sentinel Motors.

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