The event yesterday went well, after which it was time to head back north. There was just about enough charge to get back home but I called in to Newport Pagnell services for a 10 minute top-up rather than take a chance .
It was interesting to drive a ZOE again after a few months in the i3. While the ZOE doesn’t have the range or performance of the i3, it certainly does some things better – like the touchscreen multimedia system and satnav, and having a reversing camera as standard.
Anyway I got the ZOE back to its home (Berrywood Hospital in Northampton) with no problem. It was a simple matter to unload it, lock it up with the eCar card, and put it to bed (on charge).
We have new PCP prices for December for the new Renault ZOE with the ‘Z.E. 40’ long range battery (for the standard ZOE see here). This new battery has an ‘official’ NEDC range of 250 miles equivalent to a highly impressive real-world range of 170-200 miles in temperate conditions (reducing to 120-130 miles in extreme cold conditions). This ZOE is available in new colours, including red for the first time, and there are other detail changes – full details are here and here.
We are offering a Renault ZOE R90 with Z.E.40 battery on 3 year PCP; this stands for Personal Contract Purchase and is currently the most popular way to buy a car because of its flexibility. You put down a deposit, pay an affordable monthly fee (less than many people spend just on petrol), and drive away a new carwith fuel included. At the end of the three year term you can choose to pay an optional lump sum and keep the car, or you can just give the car back and upgrade to the latest model.
It’s like a mobile phone contract, but with miles rather than minutes included.
The new ZOE Z.E.40 comes in two versions, the Dynamique Nav and the Signature Nav. The Dynamique Nav is well specified with TomTom® satnav, climate control, electric windows, heated mirrors, cruise control & speed limiter, Bluetooth, remote control of climate control and charging, 16″ alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, and rear parking sensors.
The Signature Nav adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, BOSE® audio system, and rear camera.
These are the current prices (from 15 December 2016):
I have struggled recently to put as much time into this website as I used to (partly through my work at Fuel Included), and as a result it started to get rather slow and also began to look a bit neglected. For that I apologise to all the regulars here.
My New Year’s resolution is to breathe life back into this site. I will be here more often and will aim to post news more regularly, and I’ll also blog about the ZOE and EVs in general as often as I can. I have begun by overhauling the site, including installing the latest site and forum software and fixing anything causing slowdowns.
Further, I invite all members of the forum and regular visitors to the site to submit news, blog posts and tips to me and I’ll get them straight onto the site (email to trevor.larkum @ fuelincluded.com).
I think we’re at a crucial point in the history of the ZOE as the new longer range ZE40 version moves the ZOE on from being a niche early-adopter vehicle to a mass market one. For sure there will be more interest in the ZOE overall, and therefore I hope more visitors to the site, every day from now on.