Ah, testing a small electric car. Let me guess. Honda e… Mini… 208… Corsa… Cinquecento?
Keep guessing. This is indeed a part of Planet Car that has become pretty congested in the last couple of months. But let’s not forget the one that has owned the territory for more than eight years, the Renault Zoe. And it’s just had a major going over.
So what is it? A dodderer that’s about ready to be put out to grass, or a wily old stager that can still teach the whippersnappers a thing or two?
Well, it does well in the headline one electric-car issue: range. Here are the numbers: Honda 137 miles, Mini 144, Fiat 199, Vauxhall 209, Peugeot 212, all in their small-wheel versions.
The Zoe hits 245 miles by the same slightly artificial measure. Dah winnah!
But the maximum power is available just up to around 30% state-of-charge (SOC) and then fades slowly to about 25 kW at 80% SOC.
Fastned, one of the most known European fast-charging networks (focused mostly in the Netherlands and surrounding countries), recently checked out the all-new Renault ZOE with CCS Combo DC fast charging capability at one of its stations. Here are the results.
The ZOE is the first Renault with an optional CCS inlet (the previous generation had only AC Type 2 inlet for 1 or 3-phase charging), which allows for the most versatile charging:
1-phase charging up to 7.3 kW
3-phase charging up to 22 kW
DC (within the basic range of 50 kW)
According to Fastned, the ZOE with Z.E. 50 battery pack (52 kWh usable and estimated 55 kWh total), can accept up to 46 kW peak power from an external DC charger.
46 kW is not much, but we would not complain, because the ZOE is a city car after all.
However, as we can see on the chart, once the battery state-of-charge (SOC) hit about 30%, charging power steadily tapers down. It lowers to about 25 kW at 80% SOC.