December 23, 2012 at 22:57 #1447
It is reported in Les Echos that the launch of the Zoe has slipped again. This week the group is quoted as saying that the launch will be: “mass marke
[See the full post at: New Delay for Renault Zoe]December 24, 2012 at 00:23 #1454
Wouldn’t this mean delay for the new Clio as well, since it has the same interface? And what about the Zoe’s that have recently been delivered?December 24, 2012 at 07:38 #1458
this is exactly what I’ve been thinking.
I couldn’t believe all the great news from Zoe testing (in Scandinavia etc) anyway. So I didn’t make the reservation yet.
Do you remember that countdown to spring 2012 when Renault will make it possible for everyone to own an electric car (”We weren’t the first to talk about electric cars, but we will be the first to make them”). I really believed that and Renault disappointed me.
Iz turns out, Renault is the one doing the talking.December 24, 2012 at 16:06 #1461
I agree that it is odd that the Clio isn’t also delayed.
And what about the Zoe’s that have recently been delivered
The early deliveries are the trade show cars. Unless the quote I read was mistranslated.
I owned a trade show car once. I got a huge discount. It was about 90-95% right. Some things like the interior light switch never worked because the wiring harness was wrong.
I’m certain the Zoes delivered today are the same. If the first owners are lucky, the car is 95% done.December 24, 2012 at 16:40 #1462
There are significant differences between the situations of the Clio and Zoe with regard to the R-Link:
1. The R-Link is an option (and a fairly high end one) for the Clio, but is standard equipment for the Zoe.
2. The R-Link in the Zoe has to do more – tracking charge stations, interfacing to the charge status systems, etc.
It may be that Renault believe they can launch the Clio without the R-Link, but not the Zoe.December 24, 2012 at 20:53 #1463
From what I understood from the last problems reported with the R-Link was that they couldn’t quite get the configuration correct for the range, ie how many more miles/kilometres you can drive with the range left on the power in the batteries, to me if this is the same problem and they still haven’t fixed it, this is a major major problem and one of the first things that should’ve been sorted in the initial software not now when they are just about ready to start deliveries in France or should’ve been starting deliveries.
I’m so so close to going either with an ICE car for a year and then seeing if the BMW i3 or the new Leaf can do any better. I want to wait for the Zoe but we’re getting close to a year, now 9 months since I made my pre-reservation and I don’t have alot of patience.
Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays from Bonnie Scotland.December 27, 2012 at 21:50 #1493
If you can afford an i3, you should give the Tesla Model S a serious look. Unlike the i3 or the Zoe the Model S is in production now. UK reservations are open, with the first right hand drive cars due by the end of 2013.
I looked at a Model S a few days ago. It is amazingly good. Beautiful to look at inside and out. Comfy seats. Well laid out controls. I haven’t driven it, but everything I saw and touched was very well done.December 27, 2012 at 22:21 #1495
There’s a bit of a difference between the Tesla Model S and the i3, for starters they reckon the i3 will cost about £30k but the Tesla S is what about £48k BIG difference, I wouldn’t really be able to afford the i3 either unless BMW are doing their fantastic 4 yr low rate finance deals and to be honest I can’t see it with the ‘i’ range!
Although I have to agree with what i’ve seen online and read about from the USA it is a fantastic car.December 27, 2012 at 23:35 #1497
BMW hasn’t announced prices yet. Latest official word is that it will cost less than a 528i or less than 33 – 35K.
Tesla has said the Model S will cost the same in the UK as the US + VAT + govt. grant difference and a bit more for import duty. US grant is $7,500 and UK is £5,000. A 40Kwh Model S should be £35-40k.
5-10 grand is a lot of money but the Model S is a lot more car.December 28, 2012 at 15:37 #1498
Like smitchy73 I made a reservation of ZOE in march. Everytime I read about delays I´m considering to buy something else. Probably I will not, I like ZOE. I saw ZOE last month in Copenhagen and wasn´t disappointed at all. I believe Renault should give us more and better information. I hope to pick up ZOE soon but will wait for the car to arrive.
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