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    Trevor Larkum

    Background I have been intending for a long time to right up my views on why the Zoe is a ‘game changer’, i.e. why it is such a significant vehicle. W
    [See the full post at: Renault Zoe – Game Changer]




    Do you still think this is the case? I’m getting increasingly concerned about the charging situation, and the absence of occasional charge cable could be a major drawback to the ignorant mass market. How many charging stations will the Zoe now be able to exploit? Discussions I”ve seen here and elsewhere are confusing me, and I get th eimpression that there’ll be a whole host of charging points that Zoe owners will be unable to use.

    After patiently waiting for the Zoe for so long, I’m worried that it’s now going to be dead-on-arrival due to a lack of mass market interest, and will soon be abandoned as a failed experiment by Renault.



    “After patiently waiting for the Zoe for so long, I’m worried that it’s now going to be dead-on-arrival due to a lack of mass market interest, and will soon be abandoned as a failed experiment by Renault.”

    DOA I don’t think so as more than 2000 Zoe’s have been sold in France to date and hasn’t the UK government just announced that it is to put aside a few millions of £’s to inject into the UK EV charging network? 🙂



    @buzzar: There are only something like 350 Zoe reservations in the UK. I can imagine the UK being an abandoned market due to lack of consumer interest, and it certainly doesn’t help that ours will be more expensive to manufacture because of the driving-side issue.

    I guess I can’t imagine convincing someone uninterested in EVs that the Zoe is a good idea when telling them they’ll *have* to get a wall box, and can’t charge the car at friends’ houses. For instance I’ve got a lot of friends I’d like to visit who will be pushing the Zoe’s range. With the occasional charge cable I had some confidence that if I was borderline on being able to make it home, I could charge whilst visiting people to err on the safe side. Now it looks like even these reasonably short trips will become exercises in logistics planning.



    Thanks Trevor for summary of ZOE’s qualities, I suspect we all started to have our doubts.

    Personaly I started to think about smaller cars such as E-UP! who weighs one tonne, and is about 400kg lighter than ZOE. I hope iz will be easier to charge it at home.

    I see no reason why I shouldn’t be able to charge my car at home, after all some of my home appliances have more than 2kw of power consuption. I can’t believe this is an engineering problem, it has to be something else.




    The single biggest question is the home charging, and without it the ZOE could become DOA in many countries, like Sweden where we have FOUR compliant chargers.

    With a support of granny cables, the ZOE could take off like crazy, and be the game changer we all hope it will be.

    I see no reason why granny cables wouldn’t work technically, especially not with the ZOEs acclaimed chameleon charger. It would be insane if Renault modified the ZOE to refuse charging from non-wallboxes. Hopefully we get a straight answer from Renault very soon (after all the cars are reaching customers any day now in France), I’m sure we will see several customers trying various cables.



    Is it possible the chameleon charger just doesn’t work properly? After all, isn’t it the first of its kind?


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