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

RENAULT ZOE ERALLY CAR MAKES IMPRESSIVE COMPETITIVE DEBUT

THE UK’s unique eRally car, the all-electric Renault Zoe, has successfully completed its first competitve outing.

Marshals gave the Zoe, based at Knockhill , a standing ovation at the end of the Adgespeed Rally run by the Wigan & District Motor Club.

The fully electric junior rally car competed in all stages against traditionally powered cars after the Motor Sports Association was satisfied that its rally specification complied with safety regulations.

The only difference between the eRally car, which has 65kW (88bhp), and the road-ready Renault Zoe are the GAZ adjustable dampers to improve the car’s handling. eRally co-founder Tristan Dodd said: “This is the first time a purely electric car has competed in a UK stage rally.”

The Zoe competed in a class of its own at the rally over 12 stages, driven by British Rally Championship contender Cameron Davies.

Ellya Gold, the driving force behind the project to create an all-electric rally car, said: “We wanted someone who could do the car justice out there against more powerful petrol rally cars and we had full confidence that Cameron could show what the car can do without risking a good result.”

Scottish junior rally driver Andrew Blackwood was beside him as co-driver. The eRally Zoe is aimed at bringing new, young drivers into the sport, given its unique drivetrain and environmental credentials.

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ON THE BRINK OF ELECTRIC REVOLUTION WITH THE RENAULT ZOE

It is no exaggeration to say that I loved the Renault Zoe – and since I drove it at Mallon Motors a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been gabbing to anyone willing to listen that it is the most impressive thing I’ve driven in ages.

Scratch that, obviously the most impressive thing I’ve driven in recent times is the BMW M4, but that was in Mondello and I was wearing a crash helmet. You get the picture.

But the Zoe is different. We’re at a turning point in history – for the first time, despite all the science fiction talk over the past several decades, we’re actually finally at a point where we might actually be on the brink of saying goodbye to the internal combustion engine.

Those who can see into the future say that it will happen suddenly, literally overnight.

Tumbleweed will blow across once vibrant petrol station forecourts.

Nissan/Renault are the first major car company which have brought genuine electric vehicles to the masses.

Tesla may get all the plaudits, but the Nissan Leaf is the first everyday/every(wo)man electric car out there.

And now Nissan’s stablemate, Renault, is pushing its own, the Zoe.

Before I sat into the Zoe I’d never driven a full electric car, and wasn’t sure what to expect.

I had high expectations for my impact on the environment (there would be none), but either low, or no expectations for any other bit of it.

And that’s where I was gloriously wrong. The Zoe was good looking, comfortable and fun to drive.

Electric cars have great torque because the power in them isn’t gradual.

It’s like a light bulb – it’s either on, or off, so the torque is immediate. There’s no lag waiting for the turbo to kick in.

The Zoe I was driving said that I had 210kms in the full battery, but every time you slow down or brake, it’s regenerating the battery, so much so that although I did 18kms in the car, the battery only registered a loss of 13kms. Who’d have thought that stopping at traffic lights would be so rewarding!

The Zoe is Clio/Polo/Fiesta sized, although it is particularly notable how it doesn’t drive like a small car. It’s solid on the road – to such a degree that, notwithstanding the electric element, it’s easily a better car than many similarly sized offerings out there.

Read more: Leinster Leader via Fuel Included

FIRST LOW EMISSION ZONE PLANNED FOR GLASGOW

Glasgow is expected to introduce Scotland’s first low emission zone (LEZ) by the end of next year.

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation into what it might involve.

The document says: “The Scottish Government’s preference would be a road access restriction scheme for LEZs.”

This is where vehicles that do not meet emission standards (or are not exempt) would incur a penalty if they entered a LEZ.

Possible penalty levels were not included in the document, but it said it would be “proportionally higher” than in LEZs in other countries where drivers of vehicles not meeting emission standards were charged less than £20 a day.

The proposed standards are Euro 4 petrol engines, introduced in 2005, and Euro 6 diesel engines for cars, taxis and vans, introduced in 2014.

Bus and lorry engines would have to be Euro VI standard, and motorbikes Euro 3.

The zones would operate round the clock and be enforced using cameras recording vehicle number plates.

There could be exemptions for blue bade holders, emergency vehicles, bin lorries, and night shift workers travelling when no public transport was available.
Edinburgh, along with Aberdeen and Dundee, could follow by Glasgow’s lead, with low emission zones introduced by 2020.

Read more: FleetNews via Fuel Included

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