Renault Zoe electric-car owners can upgrade leased batteries

When the updated 2017 Renault Zoe was unveiled last fall at the Paris auto show, it became one of the few electric cars whose range effectively doubled over its model life.

Launched in 2012 with a 22-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, the five-door subcompact hatchback had an effective range of 60 to 90 miles.

That was essentially on par with that of the Nissan Leaf, EPA-rated at 73 miles that year.

But this year’s battery upgrade to 41 kwh changed everything.

It gave the Zoe, Renault says, a range of 300 to 400 kilometers (185 to 250 miles) on the European test cycle.

Renault Zoe ZE40. Paris Motor Show 2016

Here’s the unusual feature, though: owners of earlier Zoes can get the larger, longer-range battery—by swapping in their old battery.

As a press release from Renault last week pointed out, many Zoe owners chose to lease their battery from Renault rather than buy it.

As Renault notes:

Thanks to battery leasing, as of spring 2017, owners of a Zoe equipped with a 22-kwh pack can upgrade to the [41-kwh] battery without changing their vehicle, and benefit from increased range.

Renault Zoe ZE40. Paris Motor Show 2016

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    Jo Pegram-Mills
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    When the updated 2017 Renault Zoe was unveiled last fall at the Paris auto show, it became one of the few electric cars whose range effectively double
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    reboot
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    Did I read the upgrade is around £3k?. Don’t suppose they would sell me the old battery.My now second Zoe has half the charging capacity of the first one, unless I paid more for something I already had in the first one.The origin battery/ motor package appeared more efficient in terms of range, charge time etc.Renault built there own motor in the second car.Seems like an “upgrade” has an element of giving with one hand, whilst taking away with the other.Pay more for less?

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    andyfras
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    @reboot – There’s a battery monitoring system (BMS) update which can probably fix this. The warning signs are that it takes hours to get from 99% to 100%.

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    reboot
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    I thought the delay from 99 to 100% was battery balancing? Not clear on what the bms will fix, you mean the less range than the first car problem? Thanks

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    andyfras
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    There’s been much discussion on SpeakEV about the BMS update. You’re right about the 99% to 100% being for balancing, but if it’s taking longer than 1 hour, your ZOE needs the update. It seems to get everything back in step, and restores full capacity.

    See: https://speakev.com/threads/soh-discussion.19319/page-6#post-823921

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    reboot
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    Thanks Andyfras, very interesting, I wouldn’t take Zoe back to my Renault dealer to have a puncture fixed.
    That whole software/ firmware aspect of EVs is a long way from the EV1, and I sometimes wonder if we would just manage with a battery,switch and four wheels.
    The whole range issue seems “think of a number”, generally not accurate, and not to be taken too seriously.

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