All posts by Jo Pegram-Mills

RENAULT’S CUMULATIVE EV SALES NOW 120,000, AS NEW KANGOO Z.E. 33 KWH SURGES

Through the end of October, cumulative sales of electric cars from Renault (since 2011) have crossed 120,000 units (excluding the LSV Twizy). October was another month of significant growth.

In total, 2,967 electric Renaults were sold last month, which is 46% more than one year ago.

That number included more than 2,300 Renault ZOEs, (up nearly 48%) and around 650 Kangoo ZEs.

Indeed, the new Kangoo Z.E., with a 33 kWh battery and 270 km (168 miles) of NEDC range or ~200 km (124 miles) real-world range, seems to be attracting a lot more buyers.

The average sales level of the Kangoo Z.E. in 2016 hovered around 330 units per month, and had more recently fallen to about 260 units per month in the first half of this year. Now, those sales are now back on the rise with the new larger battery version.

Total sales (all-time) of Kangoo Z.E. stand at around 28,500 units.

Overall, the Renault ZOE represents 1.4% of total passenger car sales from Renault worldwide so far this year (available only in Europe).

Source Inside EVs via Fuel Included News

RENAULT REVEALS AUTONOMOUS OBSTACLE AVOIDANCE TECHNOLOGY

Renault has revealed technology that enables self-driving cars to swerve to avoid obstacles in the road ahead – an industry first, the company claims.

The technology, demonstrated in a Renault Zoe named Callie, was tested against professional drivers’ reactions and avoided unexpected road obstacles and cones as effectively as those drivers.

The technology is seen as a key step on the road towards full, ‘mind off’ autonomy, which Renault aims to be one of the first brands to achieve.

Simon Hougard, director of Renault’s Open Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley, said: “At Groupe Renault, we are focused on being an innovation leader in products, technology and design. Our innovation efforts aim to develop advanced autonomous driving technologies that consumers can trust will create a safer, more comfortable journey.”

The lab’s main focus is safety in autonomous technology.

Under the brand’s Drive the Future mid-term strategy, it aims to have 15 models equipped with various levels of autonomy on sale within the next five years.

Read more: AutoCar via Fuel Included

PROMOTED: RENAULT ZOE – THE CHARGE TO PARIS

The new Renault Zoe is an all-electric car with a no-compromise approach. With room inside for four and plenty of space for luggage, it’s as practical as any hatchback and has a range of up to 250 miles NEDC.

The Renault Zoe won the What Car? Electric Car Of The Year award in 2017, and was named a ‘Game Changer’ in the 2017 Autocar Awards. It’s packed with features that make electric driving easier, more efficient and more fun.

So, what better way to showcase its performance, range and technology than with a trip to Paris? Heart Breakfast presenter Nicola Hume and technology journalist David McLelland take the wheel and explain how to get the best from Renault’s award-winning all-electric car.

Read more: AutoCar via Fuel Included

STILL LOVING THE 22KWH RENAULT ZOE

Today I took delivery of my second ZOE, following the end of my 2 year PCP with my first. This time I opted for Neptune Grey, which I must say really suits the shape of the car and perhaps makes it look a little more sporty.

After weighing up my ZOE options (New ZE40 vs Older 22kWh) I decided to stick with the older model. I explain the pro’s of doing this in my blog ‘why you should consider a used electric car’

Knowing exactly what to expect with the car made ordering it for delivery a perfect choice for me, It was a simple swap as they arranged to take away my end of contract ZOE at the same time. The price difference was a bit higher than my previous contract – I was one of the lucky few in 2015 who managed to get a stonking low deposit low monthly cost deal. But with all things considered this used ZOE on a 2 year contract still worked out a better cost option than going back to regular fuel.

With this used electric car I still benefit from free city parking, no road tax, much cheaper running costs, 2 years of warranty remaining on the car, free roadside assistance and better features than I would get with most regular fuel cars; plus I’m recycling by opting for a used electric car.

All in all I’m very happy with my second (new to me but used) Renault ZOE 22kWh.

Source: Fuel Included Blog

RENAULT TO READY 4 ZOES FOR AUTONOMOUS, ON-DEMAND MOBILITY SERVICE

Renault and its partners are launching something called the Rouen Normandy Autonomous Lab project – an on-demand/mobility service on open roads, complete with five autonomous electric vehicles for public use.

The idea is to put four autonomous Renault ZOE and one Transdev shuttle in service over three circuits, covering a distance of ten kilometres (6 miles), in Rouen’s Technopole du Madrillet (Saint Etienne du Rouvray) – in France.

Initially, the vehicles will be tested in the real world by developers.  And then after that (hopefully), from spring 2018, an on-demand service will be open to the public for the next two years. Total budget of the project is €11 million.

It’s the first project of its kind for Europe, although the pre-set routes illustrates clear that we are still years away true public autonomy.

“Using a dedicated smartphone application available at each of the seventeen stops on the three routes, passengers will be able to book a ride in real time.
Developing autonomous transport systems requires a number of core competences including dispatch, fleet management, telecommunications, sensors and autonomous driving software, as well as expertise in vehicle manufacturing. Transdev, Groupe Renault, and the metropolis combine all of these competences.

The Rouen Normandy Autonomous Lab will contribute strongly to the development and use of autonomous vehicles on open roads. Notably, it will:
Pilot the management of a fleet of autonomous, electric on-demand vehicles on open roads. Initially the tests will be conducted using vehicles with drivers inside them to take action, if needed. At a later stage, when all the technical solutions have been proven and legal barriers lifted, vehicles requiring no human intervention will be tested.

Read more: Inside EVs via Fuel Included