The special ‘top up’ cable for the ZOE

ZOE Domestic Charging Cable (Image: Surya)
ZOE Domestic Charging Cable (Image: Surya)

Today I received my ‘top up’ cable, or the granny charging cable as it is being called by some. Not only does this mean that yes, the cable does indeed exist, but it also means I have an extra charging option when I make my trip to the UK starting tomorrow.

In Belgium the cost was €737. Not cheap for a cable that you will use as little as possible, but especially not cheap if you consider that the cable is supposed to come standard with every ZOE in the future.

In the box you will find
– The cable with on one side the domestic socket, on the other side the Type 2 connector and in between a control unit with 3 indicator LEDs.
– An extra cable storage bag (identical to the one that comes with the car)
– An instruction manual in English, French, German and Spanish.

ZOE Domestic Charging Cable waiting to be unboxed (Image: Surya)
ZOE Domestic Charging Cable waiting to be unboxed (Image: Surya)

In the manual there are a lot of things they tell you to look at before using a socket, but of course on the road this will not always be possible. I hope the control unit is smart enough to detect problems and prevent damage, because I will not always be able to check the thickness of the cable the socket is attached to, or the kind of differential used among other things.

Complete ZOE Domestic Charging Cable (Image: Surya)
Complete ZOE Domestic Charging Cable (Image: Surya)

I also wish the control unit (or the car) had a way to control the amount of current drawn to prevent problems.

I have yet to test the cable, but there you have it: it exists, and if you want one, contact your Renault dealer, they might be able to help you out, just as mine was.

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  • #9102

    Surya
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    Today I received my ‘top up’ cable, or the granny charging cable as it is being called by some. Not only does this mean that yes, the cable does indee
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    #9103

    mojo36
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    Thanks Surya, good to see that it is possible to obtain this, but will it work without a s/w mod and will it then only work with your car?
    Also to use it in the UK you will need a suitable adaptor for our our 3pin 13 amp sockets.

    #9105

    Surya
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    Yep, it should just work without any updates to the car

    I bought 2 of those adaptor plugs before I left. It was hard to find the ones that support the ground. Is 13 amp standard in the UK? In Belgium 16 amp is more common.

    #9106

    mojo36
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    Yes, 13amp with 3 rectangular pins is the UK standard for domestic installations.

    #9110

    Surya
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    I’m using the cable for the first time now. 57% to full will take 8:40 according to the car.
    The cable is plugged into a French to UK adapter (13 amps) which is plugged into a UK to camper outlet (16 amps) so I’ unsure how much we’re using.

    #9111

    andyfras
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    I think that the cable limits the current to 10A regardless of what is is plugged into.

    #9112

    Surya
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    Could be but the french plug attached to the charger clearly states 16amps

    #9113

    Surya
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    I have now added 6% in about 1 hour

    #9114

    strangerover
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    You are a brave man, Surya. Glad to hear that you have reached your campsite and you were able to charge-up.
    If you find yourself in the Manchester-Liverpool area (which is known as the north-west in London-centric UK) you are welcome to use my home-charger (WA2 0UF). In my experience, apart from Ecotricity, everything else in the UK infrastructure is suspect. Even those suppliers (mainly local authorities) who charged only for the access-card, are now blocking users since the government pulled the funding.

    #9115

    andyfras
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    A 16A charge rate is about 12% per hour.

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