Buying a Used Renault Zoe Intens as a First Car

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    thomaspegler
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    Hello all,

    I am 17 and have just passed my driving test and am wanting an electric car as my first car. I am wanting to get a second hand Renault Zoe Intens 22kwh. I am wanting to know if the battery lease still makes the car cheaper to run than an ICE car.
    My mum have a Tesla Model X P100d and my dad has a Tesla Model S P100d and think they are amazing cars, so that is what really made me want an electric car as my first car.

    Hope someone can help,

    Thomas

    #32029

    Mo
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    Hi Thomas & welcome,
    Great choice for your first car, as a new driver insurance is always going to be expensive for any motor.
    Though you pay to lease the battery (unless you get the i model with battery included which is a lot dearer to buy) there are other aspects which are much cheaper than ICE motors.

    No road tax to pay, servicing is much cheaper, my first service was around £76, second service was around £84 and if you charge at home your parents pay the electric 😉

    There is no exhaust system with expensive cat converters to replace, brakes need replacing a lot less frequently due to regenerative braking.

    If you haven’t done so already test drive an ice and a Zoe, your decision will be easy after that. 🙂

    #32030

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    Mo’s points are good but if the question is just about ‘fuel costs’ then it’s all about your mileage. At very low mileages an ICE can easily be cheaper than the ZOE as battery leasing starts at £49 per month: https://www.renault.co.uk/renault-finance/battery-hire.html

    At higher mileages, the ZOE wins out.

    #32164

    reboot
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    Move to N.Ireland where street charging is still free.

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