Zoe News February 2012 – 220 Mile Range

A week before the official launch of the production version of the Zoe at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012 a rumour surfaced that the 2014 model could have a range of about 350km (220 miles). The first site to report this appears to have been Automobile Propre, based on an interview by BFM Business with Renault’s Carlos Tavares (though the link to a BFM article about the interview no longer works).
It always seemed unlikely that this rumour was true. Such a technological leap (of about 75% in battery storage) seems hard to credit over such a short period of time, and even if Renault could achieve it there would be no benefit to Renault to announce a better version of the Zoe coming just before the release of its current version. The follow-up appears to confirm this as Automobile Propre retracted the statement. You can decide for yourself as the (French language) interview is currently available via YouTube (though it may not stay there forever).

4 thoughts on “Zoe News February 2012 – 220 Mile Range”

  1. This battery lease is a bit of a worry, we all need to know what will happen at the end of a lease period like will the batteries be changed if the range increases on new models and how would this effect the price of the lease. Questions need to be answer before I can commit.

  2. You can expect Renault to maintain the battery quality (and therefore range) under the terms of the lease, and they have committed to replacing batteries that fall below a given threshold (70-80% of original capacity).

    There has never been a suggestion that you would ever get higher capacity batteries in the standard lease (of course, they may later come up with higher cost options so you can ‘upgrade’ but that would be a new lease).

  3. I expect the lease will need to be read very closely with all terms and conditions understood! Still if you want to be a bit of a pioneer you have to take a bit of a risk

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