ZOE Primer: First Drive

This is a quick introduction to using the ZOE. It is intended to give just the basic information required for a test drive, use of a ZOE from a hire/rental company, or to get your ZOE home the day you buy it.

Rapid Charging the ZOE (Image: T. Larkum)
Rapid Charging the ZOE (Image: T. Larkum)

Doors

  1. The ZOE is a five door car designed to look like a three door car: the rear doors are opened by pressing on the concealed black handles (marked with a thumbprint) next to the windows.
  2. ZOE uses keyless entry, i.e. it opens electronically via a key fob rather than with a physical key. There are two methods, the simplest is to lock and unlock the doors using the buttons on the key fob.

Driving

  1. The ZOE has been designed to feel like a small automatic car so it has a large gear lever beside the driver. It has the usual positions from front to back: Park (P), Reverse (R), Neutral (N) and Drive (D); these modes and the current selection are shown on the dashboard when power is on.
  2. To start the car:
    1. The gear lever must be in Park (all the way forward).
    2. The key fob must be somewhere within the car.
    3. Press and hold the brake pedal.
    4. Press the Start/Stop button to the left of the steering wheel.
    5. The car will start with an audible chime and ‘READY’ will show on the dashboard – the car is ready to move.
  3. To move away engage the Drive gear position (with foot still on brake) and release the handbrake (beside the driver’s seat).
  4. Note that the ZOE has been programmed with ‘creep’, i.e. it will move forward like an automatic even when the accelerator is not pressed.
  5. The ZOE has both conventional and electronic brakes and at low speed, below about 10mph, the brakes can feel a bit ‘grabby’ especially if you are not used to it; take care in car parks and other confined spaces.
  6. There will be an external sound for warning pedestrians when you drive forward up to about 20mph. Note, however, there is no warning sound when reversing.
  7. Once in Drive mode, since there is no gearbox, you can accelerate up to maximum speed (about 84mph) without changing gear.
  8. You can come to a complete stop in Drive If you are stopping for any length of time you should then engage the handbrake and Park mode.
  9. To turn off completely use the Start/Stop

Charging

  1. If charging from a home charge point ensure it is powered up and ready (a Chargemaster/Polar charge point shows an amber light, for example).
  2. Ensure the car is in Park mode, the handbrake is engaged and the motor is off (no ‘READY’ sign).
  3. Release the charging port door (it carries the Renault badge on the nose) using the button on the key fob.
  4. Open the charging port door (which swings to your left) and the internal charging port cover (which swings to your right) by hand.
  5. Insert the charging cable from the charge point. This should be followed by an audible click as the ZOE locks the connector into place (it cannot be pulled out by hand).
  6. If charging from a public charge point, at this point you need to initiate a charge (the method will depend on the charge point model).
  7. The ZOE dashboard will read ‘Ongoing Checks’ as it communicates with the charge point. The charge point will also likely give an indication (a Chargemaster/Polar unit will show amber and green lights, for example).
  8. When the charge begins it will be accompanied by a high pitched whine (not always audible to everyone). The dashboard will show how long the charge will take as ‘Time Remaining : ’ plus an hours:minutes display. It will also show the percentage charge complete.
  9. The car should be locked if unattended, but operating the locks and doors has no effect on the charge operation.
  10. The ZOE may sit at 99% for a long time to battery balance – it does no harm to stop charging at this or any other point occasionally if it’s convenient (e.g. when in a rush).
  11. If at a public charge point the charge should be stopped at the charge point. A home charge point can be turned off or left on and the cable simply disconnected.
  12. Release the charge cable connector using the button on the key fob, and withdraw the connector.
  13. Close the charging port cover and charging port door; charging is complete.

Source: Fuel Included Blog

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  • #29561

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    This is a quick introduction to using the ZOE. It is intended to give just the basic information required for a test drive, use of a ZOE from a hire/r
    [See the full post at: ZOE Primer: First Drive]

    #29562

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    I’m underway writing my book on the ZOE – this is the very first section. Any comments or corrections appreciated.

    #29563

    ZoeTree
    Participant

    Could you add at the end:

    “If at a public charging point with a fixed cable, ensure the cable is returned correctly”

    We’re all fed up of finding them full of rain 😉

    #29564

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    Good point: I have another version further inside the book, with more details, and I’ve added your suggestion there.

    #29565

    Buzzar
    Participant

    And what you can do when your Zoe reports “Battery Charge Impossible” when attempting to use said charging point 😉

    #29576

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    Yes, already planned – charging will get its own chapter!

    #29591

    Fred_Bristol
    Participant

    And how about “Check Electrical System” and the dreaded spanner.
    One cause seems to be the electrical supply from the charger is interrupted before the car is turned off.
    Another happens when the car is being driven:
    Having done some timely measurements I have it seems as though the tolerances of the 12 Volt battery charging circuit and the 12 Volt battery monitoring might clash, i.e the 12 volt battery output drops below the acceptable lower voltage for the monitor before the traction battery powered charger cuts in.
    It’s only a suspicion, so if anybody knows better please enlighten me…

    Fred

    #29597

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    I’ll try to mention that too, but it’s going to be hard to cover everything.

    #29600

    andyfras
    Participant

    Release the charging port door (it carries the Renault badge on the nose) using the button on the key fob

    or dashboard.

    #29602

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    or dashboard.

    Yes, I had that in there originally but the ‘primer’ was getting too long for ‘first day with the ZOE’ so that was one of the bits that got edited out. It’s in the longer version, and there’ll be a section explaining what/where all the controls are around the driver.

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