Renault ZOE Review

The recent Volkswagen emissions scandal has highlighted the issue of local air quality. The emissions from diesel cars impact badly on local air quality; petrol cars aren’t as bad, but they still have emissions. However pure electric cars have zero tailpipe emissions, and so are ideal for use in our congested urban areas. The Renault ZOE is also a compact size for city driving – so surely it must be the perfect city car?

Renault ZOE (Image: Green Car Guide)
Renault ZOE (Image: Green Car Guide)

The ZOE is a stand-alone model that’s only available as a pure EV. Although it’s a compact five-door supermini, it still has five seats – and a decent boot. The rear seats even fold flat to provide an increased load space. We think it looks good, inside and out; it’s simple, stylish and modern. With many functions controlled by the touchscreen, the dashboard has the minimum of fuss.

In terms of the technical stuff, the ZOE has a 400V, 22 kWh capacity lithium ion battery (which weighs 290kg) and a 65kW (88hp) synchronous electric motor. It also has a ‘Chameleon’ charger, allowing the ZOE to be charged at different power levels using the same socket, enabling drivers to take advantage of a wide range of charging points. Charging time from a 3 kW (single-phase 16 A) wall box is around 9 hours. If three-phase charging is available, then a 32 A 22 kW charge point can provide an 80% battery charge in one hour, or a 43 kW 63 A charge point can give an 80% battery charge in just half an hour.

Read more: Green Car Guide via Fuel Included News

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    Trevor Larkum
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    The recent Volkswagen emissions scandal has highlighted the issue of local air quality. The emissions from diesel cars impact badly on local air quali
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    #26560

    inactive
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    a couple notes when reading this review

    The main powertrain component, the battery, is under the floor, which gives a very low centre of gravity, and improves the car’s handling. The ZOE also has a comfortable ride.

    i personally don’t feel that the Zoe drives that well in compare with previous vehicles i owned. my Zoe feels like driving a Clio fully loaded and the suspension feels hard as if almost overloaded. driving everyday the same road with the same speed on cc my Forester was cornering way better with precise steering.

    The ZOE’s steering wheel has adjustment for reach and height, but the driver’s seat doesn’t go very low, so the seating position is a bit too high for our personal taste.

    since when can you adjust the drivers seat height in a Zoe? as this is one of the things i really do miss in my Zoe…

    #26561

    harters
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    I think the Zoe has a great ride and I don’t have any problems with the seat being too high either.

    #26563

    Mo
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    I think the Zoe has a great ride and I don’t have any problems with the seat being too high either.

    Neither do I, but then again I’m only 5’3″ 🙂

    I know some of the CPs were down on their run to Blackpool, but they obviously did not look at Plugshare for backup as they said there were zero charge point’s in Blackpool, it is sparse but there are several including Houndshill shopping centre and Blackpool self storage.

    Also when they talk about miles per charge they do not mention its much better in warmer months, lack of research, come and learn on the forums reviewers.

    #26570

    inactive
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    i would like to have the drivers seat a bit higher as i like to sit more right up 🙂

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