Renault’s new 52 kWh Zoe first look, Europe’s top EV improves all over

Renault’s new 52 kWh, 100 kW Zoe was announced in June with the additional 50 kW of DC charging, but we got the rare opportunity to check one out at Renault’s Paris HQ this week. What we saw was an impressive and important vehicle that will fit into many more Europeans’ lives.

Renault departed the US in the late ’80s after it sold its share of AMC to Chrysler. But in Europe, it is the top EV player with its lineup of electric vehicles including Kangoo and Twizy. Its best selling EV, the Zoe, dominated unit sales until the arrival of Tesla’s Model 3 and the 2nd generation model still won in July, even after the 3rd generation model was announced.

2020 Renault Zoe (Image: Renault)
2020 Renault Zoe (Image: Renault)

I got to drive the 2nd generation Zoe at last year’s FIA electric vehicle camp as part of the Paris Mondial motor show. I came away wanting a bit more, finding its performance and size somewhere between a Fiat 500e and a Nissan Leaf.

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Renault Zoe Wins In July, But Tesla Model 3 Remains 2019 Leader

The European passenger plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market had some 36,000 registrations in July, +32% year over year (YoY). That means the PEV market has grown 34% in 2019, a great performance considering this is an off-peak month for Tesla.

In July, while plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) continued nosediving (-19% YoY), all-electrics (BEVs) almost doubled (+90%) to some 24,000 units, responsible for 67% of all plug-in sales last month, 66% year to date (YTD). The BEV share was at 1.9% by itself. Adding PHEVs to the tally, the share climbs to 2.8%. The 2019 PEV share is now at 2.9% (2.0% for BEVs alone), above the 2.5% result of 2018.

The big news in July was that the Renault Zoe profited from the expected Tesla off-peak month, winning another monthly trophy, its 4th this year. The French hatchback and Tesla Model 3 have divided all the monthly wins this year (January, April, May, July for Renault, and February, March, June for Tesla).

2018 – Renault ZOE

We could say that the Tesla Model 3 and the Renault Zoe are the first big players in Europe, the former dominating the more expensive end of the market and the latter sweeping up the lower end of it.

With Tesla starting to deliver the Model 3 SR/SR+ versions by now and Renault expected to double the Zoe’s output with the upcoming restyling, do not expect the current status quo to change much, or at least until the VW ID.3 starts to deliver in large volumes, expected by Q2 2020.

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All-New Renault ZOE Z.E. 50 In The Lens Of Fully Charged: Video

The new Renault ZOE is ready to compete with new contenders like the Peugeot e-208 and its Opel/Vauxhall Corsa-e derivatives, as well as some VWs.

Fully Charged was present at the unveiling of the third-generation Renault ZOE Z.E. 50 in France in June, but as it sometimes happens, it took some time to edit and release the episode.

Renault presented several trims of the new ZOE to showcase exterior and interior design. Fully Charged’s Jonny Smith noted it’s familiar to the previous generation, but improved – especially in the front (modified face and LED lights) and inside with new 10-inch digital dashboard display and vertical infotainment touchscreen. It seems also that the materials in the new ZOE are better.

The new ZOE is also a much better EV with a higher battery capacity (52 kWh), more range (up to 390 km/242 miles WLTP), DC charging capability (up to 50 kW), higher power motor (100 kW) and better acceleration.

First test drives and reviews are expected any time now as the new ZOE is scheduled for market launch this Autumn.

Renault ZOE R135 specs (see full description here):

52 kWh lithium-ion battery (air-cooled)
Battery pack: 400 V nominal, 192 cells, 10 modules, 326 kg of weight, 160 Wh/kg
up to 390 km (242 miles) of WLTP range
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 10 seconds
80-120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) in 7.1 seconds
top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph)
R135 electric motor: 100 kW of peak power and 245 Nm of peak torque
R110 electric motor (option): 80 kW of peak power and 225 Nm of peak torque
DC fast charging using CCS Combo 2, up to 50 kW
AC charging of up to 22 kW (3-phase)

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UK’s first car vending machine unveiled – and you can pay with your phone

It contains a brand-new Renault Zoe with a “pre-haggled” price of £16,000

Britain’s first contactless car vending machine has been unveiled by Auto Trader, offering motorists a haggle-free way to purchase a new car.

The bespoke vending machine, installed at Spitalfields Market, allows purchases of up to £21,000 via contactless payment using a smartphone.

Renault ZOE in contactless car vending machine (Image: Taylor Herring)
Renault ZOE in contactless car vending machine (Image: Taylor Herring)

It contains a brand-new Renault Zoe, which is one of the most searched for electric cars in the country, according to Auto Trader.

The vehicle comes with a “pre-haggled” price of £16,000 – down from the recommended retail price of £22,470.

Auto Trader said a team of six engineers spent three months designing and building the automatic car dispenser.

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Renault EV Sales Strongly Increase In June 2019: 3rd Best Month Ever

Both the Renault ZOE and the Kangoo Z.E. sell like hot cakes

Renault noted a very strong electric car sales results in June 2019, delivering some 6,418 cars (excluding Twizy), which is 45% more than a year ago.

After six months, sales amounted to 30,659 YTD (up 43%):

  • Renault ZOE (passenger and commercial versions) – 5,309 (up 49%) and 25,686 YTD (up 44%)
  • Renault Kangoo Z.E. – 1,036 (up 22%) and 4,759 YTD (up 31%)
  • Renault Master Z.E. – 73 (up 3,550%) and 214 YTD (up 1,845%)

A great June (the third-best month ever) means that the unveiling of the all-new Renault ZOE Z.E. 50 in mid-June didn’t decrease demand for the outgoing generation of ZOE – at least not immediately.

Renault lineup – from left Twizy, ZOE, Kangoo Z.E., Master Z.E.

This past month BEVs accounted for close to 2.4% of all cars sold by Renault globally and 3.9% in Europe (where almost all Renault EVs are sold).

Source: Inside EVs via Fuel Included News