Never has a supermini caused so much excitement, but Renault’s near imminent launch of the ZOE supermini is expected to be a game-changer for electric vehicles, bringing them within the reach of a much wider audience.
As the French carmaker prepares for the launch of its fourth and final ZE range vehicle, the firm reveals the price and spec details. Starting from just £13,650 after the Plug-in Car Grant (worth £5,000), the ZOE will be the UK’s most affordable electric car when it arrives in showrooms from next spring.
You can place your pre-order for the ZOE now, with reservations taken for just £49.
The ZOE will also be a more practical alternative to the competition with an NEDC driving range of 130 miles, more than the Nissan LEAF with an official range of 110 miles per charge. Renault says that will translate to a real-world range of around 90 miles in warm conditions, less on colder days.
As with all Renault’s electric vehicles, the battery will be leased to customers. For the ZOE, prices will start at £49 per month (based on a 7,500 miles per annum and 36 month contract).
It will be available in a choice of three trims; Expression, Dynamique Zen and Dynamique Intens. As standard, the car will come with R-Link voice controlled TomTom satellite navigation with 7” touchscreen and voice control, climate control, cruise control, LED daytime running lights, Hill Start Assist, rear privacy glass and a new system called ‘Z.E. Voice’- an alarm which warns pedestrians that the vehicle is approaching. ‘Z.E. Voice’ works at speeds from 1 to 18 mph using one of three sound options called Sport, Pure and Glam (if you want to hear what they sound like, follow the soundcloud.com link).
Featuring a Chameleon charger, the car can be recharged at all power levels up to 43 kW, for maximum flexibility. Charging the batteries therefore takes between 30 minutes and nine hours depending on the power level chosen.
The car’s synchronous electric motor with rotor coil has a power output of 65kW (equivalent to 88hp) and instantly delivers maximum torque of 220Nm. A top speed of 85mph means the car will be able to make full use of its range for motorway journeys.
For more information and to reserve your Renault ZOE, visit www.renault-ze.com. By reserving online, customers will be offered exclusive updates, priority to test drive and invitations to ZE events.
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