Renault ZOE International Launch

Zoe in Lisbon (Image:
Zoe in Lisbon (Image:

The last fortnight has been a very important and busy time in the life of the young ZOE. As the dust settles it is clear that the test drives in Lisbon were part of a major PR event and push by Renault to launch the ZOE onto the international market.

There appears to have been a news embargo in place to restrict reporting on the event, but curiously this seems to have applied with different dates for different press nationalities. For example, there were many reports in the Australian press early on, followed by a smattering of Italian and other items. This week the UK and German reports have begun to appear en masse (a selection is given below).

It’s very encouraging to see that the reviews are mostly very complimentary, even from those organisations that are well known for being home to petrolheads. I remain confident that ZOE really will be the game changer it promises to be.

In parallel with the test drives, Renault has issued press releases giving additional details for each market, for example pricing and specification for the UK. In summary, the launch appears to be planned as follows:

  • Deliveries have begun in France, though only a few ZOE have reached customers so far.
  • The Netherlands and Spain are next, in May.
  • Italy is planned for ‘May-June’.
  • Germany gets its first ZOE from 4 June.
  • UK gets the ZOE in its showrooms from 7 June.

British Press Reviews

“In city traffic the Zoe makes even more sense. It waits patiently and silently at the lights, surrounded by clattery, time-served diesels that seem like relics. When the lights switch to green, the Zoe streaks ahead of dawdling hatchbacks to snick into gaps. It’s a brilliant urban car.”


“At last, an affordable, practical, decent looking e-car. WOOT”

The Register

“This is the best electric car we’ve driven so far, with neat handling and impressive grip”

Auto Trader

“This slightly eerie, uninterrupted stream of power is matched to light and predictable steering, making the Zoe relaxing yet fun around town.”

What Car

“The thing that impressed us most is that the ZOE feels just like any other supermini to drive – and in our book that makes it the best fully electric car yet”

Auto Express

“The car felt effortless and capable at high speed, with torque of 220Nm delivered from a standstill”

Green Car Website

“on the road, it’s a nippy little thing and feels quicker than the figures suggest. It’s obviously happiest around town, where the instant hit of the electric torque is felt best, but even at motorway speeds, the Zoe keeps up with other traffic easily”

Top Gear


German Press Reviews

“the Renault Zoe is currently the best all-electric car on the market”

“a pleasant driving experience”

“The five-door Zoe always seems not only outwardly wholesome, and inside there is no reason to complain”

“The Zoe is an electric car in the subcompact format that goes well, a single charge is pretty far and also looks good”

“And Zoe, a five-door compact car, it might actually create a wider range of customers: For an electric car, it is not too expensive and provides a range of over 200 km”

“the Renault Zoé is likeable on the highway with a low noise level”


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    The last fortnight has been a very important and busy time in the life of the young ZOE. As the dust settles it is clear that the test drives in Lisbo
    [See the full post at: Renault ZOE International Launch]


    Trevor Larkum

    Another UK review:

    “The humble Zoe is the first electric car to bring the joys of zero emission motoring to the masses. And just like a French pastry, we think you’ll find it irresistible.”

    Zero Carbon World


    Trevor Larkum

    And some more:

    “The Zoe is Renault’s best electric vehicle yet, combining a useable range and quick recharging times with nippy performance. It’s a well-executed, practical and stylish package.”


    “Why buy? Because it makes you feel like Joe Ninety. It also emits no carbon, could shrink your bills considerably and is thoroughly pleasant to drive and sit in.”


    “The new Renault ZOE is a game changer for electric cars – from £13,995, it’s half the price of a Nissan LEAF, it has a longer range (130 miles), it’s good to drive and it’s well designed”

    Green Car Guide

    “ZOE fills the gap for an all-electric, zero emissions hatchback that looks and drives like an everyday car”


    “Zoe drivers will enjoy all the benefits of a highly refined supermini that’s quick, quiet and very easy to drive”



    Trevor Larkum

    Further reviews will be posted on the new driving reviews page:

    It is available directly off the menus at the top, as well as pages of reviews in other languages (including French, German, Spanish and Italian) courtesy of Google Translate.



    I was informed by Renault Denmark Marketing Director that the ZOE will be delivered the week of May 13th, but still no official news from Renault website which was supposed to inform me about date…

    I called the local power company and they were ecstatic that I have ordered a ZOE (might be one of the few in Sweden), and they invited me to join the EV car rally on June 1-2 between Denmark/Sweden.

    Spoke to Renault Sweden last week and they told me that they might not even sell the ZOE in 2014, but were hoping for 2015… Could it be that there are less than 10 Type-2 chargers in whole Sweden? Probably…


    Trevor Larkum

    Interesting news. Renault are certainly not good at communication.



    Just got an email from Renault Netherlands that people with Zoe reservations can have a test drive and get more info at the Dutch Renault HQ in Schiphol-Rijk on Saturday the 20th of April. However, a bit confusing, one can order a Zoe starting from the 15th of april at the Renault dealers. They also say the first Zoe’s will be delivered to the Dutch Renault dealers end of May.



    I got a mail from the dealer in Denmark that I have been in contact with the past 6 months, they told me that I an buy the ZOE now! However I cannot test drive until first half of May. I’m trying to clarify that ‘buy’ actually means I can purchase it with a set delivery time…

    I have yet to receive any notice from Renault Denmark, either about test drive or the purchase…

    I decided to wait to install my charger since the McDonalds close to my temporary home will get a fast charger in May, this is the 2nd compatible charger in Sweden south of Gothenburg!!! And it’s only 1km from my place.

    The last month since I got back to Sweden I’ve been contacting government, electricity providers and enthusiasts and even joined the green party… The conclusion is that there is NO ONE in Sweden that is planning these first chargers, anyone can build one anywhere and there is no plan at all… The government promised the EU to have 14,000 chargers here by 2020, but there is no plan or roadmap to make sure this happens…




    I don’t think anyone in any european country has anything to worry about in regards to fast charging, especially for the Zoe, a 32amp(7kw) can charge a Zoe in a couple of hours, I think slightly faster if it is a 3 phase power supply. The AC charging that the Zoe runs on is alot cheaper than the DC fast charger that the Nissan Leaf requires. Plus depending on what you would need a fast charger for would determine how necessary one actually is, I’ve had my Nissan Leaf hasn’t seen a rapid charger yet as there has never been a requirement here in Scotland so far.  Since I got it in February there has been one journey I’ve not been able to do which was about 120 miles from where I live and there was nowhere to charge between home and my destination and for the return journey. Although at all the charging points on the same journey there were several 32a chargers so could’ve charged for about an hour to get me to my destination and whilst at my meeting and the same on the return, that is of course if I had a Zoe, which may still happen when it comes out, I am still reservation number 5 in the UK.



    I wouldn’t expect such lack of motivation in Sweden. I just testdrove the Zoe, it’s a great ride. Learned a couple of new things. The Zoe isn’t compatible with dc chargers since the cameleon charger converts ac to dc itself. And apparently most Dutch fast chargers are dc, so not compatible (yet). I also went by the local Renault ZE dealer. Someone ordered a black Zoe yesterday without ever seeing or driving one. It was in stock so he’ll get it may 16th. I hope to get more info monday. 

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