All posts by Trevor Larkum

Software engineer and electric vehicle advocate

New Renault Zoe picks up double win at Driving Electric Awards

The new Renault Zoe has won Car of the Year and Best Small Electric Car at the annual Driving Electric Awards, with the judges citing its long range, improved quality and its performance.

Renault has completely restyled the Zoe’s exterior, featuring standard LED headlamps. Wireless smartphone charging is also available, and a free home wallbox charger allows owners to recharge their Zoe overnight with minimal effort. The vehicle is capable of running up to 245 miles (WLTP) on a single charge and features a new 52kWh battery. It is also available with optional 50kW DC fast charging, enabling 90 miles of range to be restored in just 30 minutes.

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

There is a choice of R135 100 kW or R110 80 kW motors, which both feature a smooth, single-speed automatic transmission with new B-mode function that intensifies the regenerative braking effect to deliver true one pedal driving characteristics.

“The Zoe has always been affordable, but the real joy of the New Zoe is that it has all the comforts – particularly the range and equipment – of a big electric car, in an affordable and compact package. Even with the influx of new rivals, it deserves to remain one of the most popular electric cars in the UK” said Vicky Parrott, Associate Editor at Driving Electric.

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New 2019 Renault ZOE: battery leasing axed amid pricing revisions

A revised price list for the Renault ZOE has been released, with the battery lease option removed and the base-price rising to £25,670

Renault has removed the option to rent the all-electric ZOE’s battery pack, which has increased the car’s base-price to £25,670 (including the government’s £3,500 plug-in car grant) as a result. It’s available to order now, with first deliveries expected to arrive in January 2020.

The French firm is also offering the new ZOE on a zero-percent PCP finance deal. Customers can secure an entry-level model with a deposit of £2,995 and 25 monthly repayments of £269. At the end of the term, buyers can pay a fee of £15,657 to keep the car – with the total cost of the rental, repayments and final fee working out to the same price as buying the car outright.

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

The new Renault ZOE is offered in three trim levels. The entry-level Play model comes as standard with 15-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, air-conditioning, automatic windscreen wipers, a seven-inch infotainment system and a 10-inch digital instrument binnacle. Buyers can also have a free 7kWh wallbox, installed at their home.

Renault’s mid-range Iconic model is priced from £27,170 and adds 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, climate control, electric rear windows, a wireless smartphone charger and an improved infotainment system with sat-nav. Additional safety technology, such as lane- keeping assist and traffic sign recognition, also feature.

The range-topping ZOE GT Line is priced from £28,620. It adds a set of 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, front parking sensors, a 9.3-inch infotainment system, a rear parking camera, a blind spot monitoring system and a GT Line-specific interior, trimmed in synthetic leather and recycled cloth upholstery.

Mid-range and top-spec ZOEs can be had with a range of optional extras, including support for 50kW DC fast-charging (£750) and a Winter Pack (£310), which adds a heated steering wheel and heated seats. The ZOE Iconic can also be specced with a Technology Pack (£800), adding the GT Line’s 9.3-inch infotainment, parking sensors and reversing camera.

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Renault Zoe R135

The Zoe is back, and with improved range and residual value forecast, can it prove itself as a fleet favourite in the EV sector?

It may feel like yesterday that the Renault Zoe burst onto the scene, but in electric car years, being born in 2012 makes you pretty ancient.

Renault has already given the Zoe a few nips and tucks, but noticing the fast-paced electric vehicle (EV) market evolving, it was time for a refresh.

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

The revised Zoe has been given a fresh new look, consisting of a tweaked nose, more chrome, and full LED lights front and rear, plus new wheels and colours. It has also been given a bigger, bolder Renault logo (which hides charging ports), and from the front, you could quite easily confuse the Zoe’s more grown up look with the Clio.

Battery boost

It may not come as a big surprise that the main focus of this upgrade is increased battery capacity; the Zoe now offers up to 245 miles of range on a single charge, depending on spec and wheel size. That is around a third more than the previous model could manage, and is a necessary update if the Zoe wants to keep up with rivals.

This new update brings with it the option of a rapid DC charging upgrade, although it is worth mentioning this is a £750 option. We can’t help but feel this is an odd decision by Renault, and perhaps something that should instead be standard. Opting for this means you can conveniently charge from 0-80% in just over an hour using a 50kW DC rapid charger. A regular roadside charger with 22kW will give you 100% in three hours, while an at-home wallbox can do it in about nine and a half hours.

There is also a choice of two electric motors: the Zoe’s existing 109hp unit – badged the R110 and carried over from the previous model, – or this brand new R135 with 135hp and 245nm of torque.

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Electric Renault Zoe is the UK’s fastest selling used car

The latest findings from the Auto Trader Fastest Selling Index reveal that second-hand car buyers are clamouring for EVs.

The Renault Zoe is particularly in demand. Renault’s long-serving electric city car takes up three of the top four fastest-selling spots. Zoes dating from 2017, 2016 and 2015 are selling, on average, in no more than 26 days. The 2016 Seat Alhambra diesel (automatic) takes third place among them.

It’s the third time that an EV has come top in the fastest-sellers chart. Last time, it was the Nissan Leaf in March 2019. Before that, it was the Zoe in July 2018. This is the first time, however, that an electric vehicle has taken first and second spots.

Overall, the MPVs and SUVs that normally dominate the top of the table have been deposed, with smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles breaking into the top 10. Examples include the Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Aygo and Volkswagen Up.

“This month’s result is hugely significant as it marks the first time a pure electric has taken both the first and second spot on our list of fastest turners, and it’s only the third time since we’ve been tracking the market that one has been named the overall fastest,” said Auto Trader’s director of commercial products, Karolina Edwards-Smajda.

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New Renault Zoe Tries To Shatter Range Anxiety In Funny Ad

Thanks to the constant evolution of battery technology and the constantly increasing number of charging stations in the Western world, electric vehicles have become easier to live with.

However, despite some of them having an autonomy comparable to gasoline-powered cars, range anxiety still remains a concern for many potential customers. This is where Renault has stepped in, attempting to fight the fear of running out of juice with a hilarious ad that demonstrates the versatility of the new Zoe.

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

Posted by the company’s French arm, the 30-second long clip shows the advantages of having a small electric hatchback like the Zoe. More importantly, it highlights the fact that owners do not have to adapt to the car, as its purpose is not to change your everyday life, even if that means not using public toilets on the go, but the side of the road instead.

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