Zoe News May 2012 – Koskas Interview

Zoe at Paris Motor Show (Photo: AutoNews.com)
Zoe at Paris Motor Show (Photo: AutoNews.com)

On 11 May Automotive News Europe gave details of an interview conducted with Thierry Koskas, Renault’s EV Project Director where it was said that Renault expects the Zoe to far outsell the Nissan LEAF (the current world’s best-selling EV) in Europe. With an annual production capacity for the Zoe of 150,000 units, the subcompact would be the volume model among Renault’s four-model EV range, which includes the Fluence large sedan, Kangoo car-derived van and scooter-style Twizy.

Koskas told Automotive News Europe:

“The Zoe is the first electric car in Europe that will address the needs of the mass-consumer market.

“The Zoe is a next-generation car. It is launching two years later than the Leaf. The Zoe will benefit from technologies that the Leaf does not have, such as a braking energy-recovery system, a heat pump, and a special series of energy efficient tires.”

The interview was also reported on 4 Wheels News.

My Registration for a Renault Zoe

Zoe Page on Renault Website
Zoe Page on Renault Website

On 1 May 2012 I took the plunge and registered for a Renault Zoe. I had toyed with the idea for a couple of months – in fact I don’t know why I took so long to decide. The process is simple (in the UK at least) – just follow the link on the Renault website (shown above). You get a small popup windows that says:

View the benefits of reserving online
Become a member and benefit from exclusive advantages such as:

  • A dedicated e-newsletter with exclusive content
  • An online area dedicated to all those who have reserved a Z.E.
  • Visuals never revealed to the public
  • Videos with tips from the people who designed ZOE.
  • Hot news
  • Exclusive goodies
  • For just £49, reserve a Renault ZOE and join the Z.E. community!

along with a link to detailed Terms and conditions. You then get to the ‘configuration’ screen where you choose the options you want on your Zoe:

Zoe Configuration Page
Zoe Configuration Page

The options are:

  • Zoe Version: Expression, Dynamique – Zen or Dynamique – Intens (more on these elsewhere on the site)
  • Colour: Glacier – White (no charge), Arctic White (£600), Energy blue (£460), Neptune Grey (£460) or Azur Blue (£300)
  • Wheels: 15″ Arobase trims (no charge), 16″ Aerotronic alloys (£310) or 17″ ‘Tech Run’ alloys (£620)

The only choice for the battery hire is the ‘BL Subscription’ of £70pa for 36 months, 6000 miles/year – presumably this can be changed at a later date as it’s a very low mileage for the average car owner.

Finally it remained to put in personal details and payment method. Shortly afterwards I got my confirmation by email:

Zoe Reservation Confirmation Email
Zoe Reservation Confirmation Email

So I am officially the 172nd person to reserve a Renault ZOE (in the UK, I believe).