1.11.2012 New electric ZOE now open for orders
Renault’s new supermini ZOE is available to reserve now ahead of its UK showroom launch in spring 2013.
With an official range of up to 130 miles and an on-the-road price from just £13,650, ZOE is the one of the most affordable cars to have been designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.
The ZOE comes in the wake of the Fluence Z.E. saloon, Kangoo Van Z.E. and the innovative urban runabout Twizy to make zero emission mobility a reality for ordinary motorists – one of the pledges of Renault’s 'Drive the Change' signature.
Andy Heiron, UK Head of Electric Vehicles Programme, said: "ZOE will be the spearhead of the Renault Z.E. range. In addition to its compact size, attractive styling and affordable price tag, it showcases Renault’s technological excellence when it comes to electric vehicles.
"ZOE also heralds the beginning of a new era of electric mobility for all and confirms our commitment to electric vehicles. It marks an important step for Renault which has a 114-year history of making major innovations a concrete reality for everyday motorists."
ZOE is available in three trim levels – Expression, Dynamique Zen and Dynamique Intens. The supermini is the first vehicle to be equipped with ‘Range OptimiZEr’ which combines three major innovations (new-generation regenerative braking, a heat pump and Michelin EnergyTM E-V tyres). As a result, the range of ZOE has the longest range of the electric vehicles in mass production.
With Michelin tyres, in the NEDC cycle, ZOE is homologated with a range of 130 miles. However, this is a reference figure, in real conditions, for example, in suburban use, the owner will generally achieve around 60 miles in cold weather and 90 miles in temperate conditions.
ZOE is the also only electric vehicle to feature the Chameleon charger. Patented by Renault, this charger is compatible with all power levels up to 43kW. Charging batteries at a charging station can take between 30 minutes and nine hours, with 80% of full battery power able to be achieved within 30 minutes using a single type of connection for the car.
The ZOE’s synchronous electric motor with rotor coil has a power output of 65kW (equivalent to 88hp) and instantly delivers maximum torque of 220Nm. Acceleration and pull-away are responsive from low speeds, while top speed is limited to 84mph.
For driving in built-up areas, ZOE is fitted with ‘Z.E. Voice’, an alarm which warns pedestrians that the vehicle is approaching. ‘Z.E. Voice’ can be heard from 1 to 18 mph and was the subject of special design work to create a bespoke sound identity for ZOE. The driver can choose between three different sounds, while it is possible to turn off the warning system by simply pressing a button.
The Renault ZOE Expression comes with an on-the-road price of £13,650, after the Government Plug-in Car Grant deduction, while the Dynamique Zen and Intens start from £14,750. Battery hire is from £70 per month.
For more information and to reserve your Renault ZOE for just £49 visit renault-ze.com.
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