Renault Zoe GT Line review: Electric vehicle perfect for essential journeys

Mirror Motoring’s Colin Goodwin has found the Renault Zoe electric vehicle the perfect runner in lockdown to go and visit his mum and – with no off-street parking – found it easy to charge up away from home

There’s only one essential journey that I have to make and that’s to care for my 94-year-old mum.

She’s only 10 miles away and for this I’ve been using a new Renault Zoe that was delivered a few days before the lockdown started.

2020 Renault Zoe (Image: Renault)
The improved Renault Zoe has a longer range and posher interior (Image: Renault)

This is the longest period that I’ve run an electric car and it’s proving to be a very interesting experience as I live in a terraced street with no off-street parking.

That means I cannot charge the car at home.

This leaves me with three options: our local mini Waitrose which has a Polar public charging point; my pal Jim’s wallbox charger; or public charging points while out on my travels.

Anyway, this is the third generation Zoe and its range has been extended to 245 miles thanks to a 52kWh battery.

There’s also a new front bumper and LED headlamps.

Other changes to the car’s lines bring its styling more into line with the latest Clio and Captur models.

The more significant changes, however, have taken place inside.

Many of the hard plastics have been replaced by soft-touch materials. There’s also more brightwork which lifts the perceived quality.

There are three grades of Zoe to choose from, starting with the entry-level Play (106bhp R110 motor), the Iconic (R110 or 133bhp R135 motor) and top-spec GT Line (R135 motor only).

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Union urges Renault workers at Flins plant not to return to work

PARIS — A trade union representing workers at Renault’s Flins plant near Paris on Sunday urged staff not to return to work before May 11, saying it was still too risky in terms of their health given the coronavirus crisis.

The SUD union said that Renault management had asked workers to return to the Flins plant from April 28/April 29.

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

The factory, which builds the Renault Zoe electric small car and the Nissan Micra small hatchback, will be the first Renault assembly plant to start up again after the automaker closed European factories in mid-March. Renault’s other French car plants will resume production in May, Renault has said.

The French government has earmarked May 11 for when it will start to ease a national lockdown imposed in mid-March to tackle the spread of the virus.

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Renault will have new all-electric SUV at the end of 2021

Zoe will no longer be the French brand’s only big bet on the electric market. The SUV will be based on the Renault Morphoz concept

Renault is one of the brands that most bet on all-electric cars – so much so that it simply ignores hybrid cars. But, over time, Zoe has been the French brand’s only major commercial bet in this segment. Now the situation is going to change. According to the English magazine Auto Express, within 18 months a new car with good commercial potential will keep Zoe company. It is an SUV based on the Morphoz concept.

Renault electric SUV (Image: Auto Express/Playback)
Renault electric SUV (Image: Auto Express/Playback)

Renault’s new electric SUV will be the production version of the Morphoz concept.

According to Auto Express, Renault Group’s head of design, Laurens van den Acker, said: “I hope we can make it look more like a Morphoz. O [conceito] Morphoz was an interesting exercise, because I wanted to make sure that our electric cars had a lot of personality, even if they didn’t have the usual features or elements that a traditional car has, like a large grille; the traditional elements that you encounter in a vehicle ”.

The car uses the new CMF-EV electric car platform from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

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