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  • #2237

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    The last fortnight has been a very important and busy time in the life of the young ZOE. As the dust settles it is clear that the test drives in Lisbo
    [See the full post at: Renault ZOE International Launch]

    #2252

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    Another UK review:

    “The humble Zoe is the first electric car to bring the joys of zero emission motoring to the masses. And just like a French pastry, we think you’ll find it irresistible.”

    Zero Carbon World

    #2257

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    And some more:

    “The Zoe is Renault’s best electric vehicle yet, combining a useable range and quick recharging times with nippy performance. It’s a well-executed, practical and stylish package.”

    MSN

    “Why buy? Because it makes you feel like Joe Ninety. It also emits no carbon, could shrink your bills considerably and is thoroughly pleasant to drive and sit in.”

    AutoTrader

    “The new Renault ZOE is a game changer for electric cars – from £13,995, it’s half the price of a Nissan LEAF, it has a longer range (130 miles), it’s good to drive and it’s well designed”

    Green Car Guide

    “ZOE fills the gap for an all-electric, zero emissions hatchback that looks and drives like an everyday car”

    AOL

    “Zoe drivers will enjoy all the benefits of a highly refined supermini that’s quick, quiet and very easy to drive”

    Recombu

    #2293

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    Further reviews will be posted on the new driving reviews page:

    http://myrenaultzoe.com/index.php/driving-reviews/

    It is available directly off the menus at the top, as well as pages of reviews in other languages (including French, German, Spanish and Italian) courtesy of Google Translate.

    #2416

    PerLyngemark
    Participant

    I was informed by Renault Denmark Marketing Director that the ZOE will be delivered the week of May 13th, but still no official news from Renault website which was supposed to inform me about date…

    I called the local power company and they were ecstatic that I have ordered a ZOE (might be one of the few in Sweden), and they invited me to join the EV car rally on June 1-2 between Denmark/Sweden.

    Spoke to Renault Sweden last week and they told me that they might not even sell the ZOE in 2014, but were hoping for 2015… Could it be that there are less than 10 Type-2 chargers in whole Sweden? Probably…

    #2421

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    Interesting news. Renault are certainly not good at communication.

    #2425

    Nosig
    Participant

    Just got an email from Renault Netherlands that people with Zoe reservations can have a test drive and get more info at the Dutch Renault HQ in Schiphol-Rijk on Saturday the 20th of April. However, a bit confusing, one can order a Zoe starting from the 15th of april at the Renault dealers. They also say the first Zoe’s will be delivered to the Dutch Renault dealers end of May.

    #2510

    PerLyngemark
    Participant

    I got a mail from the dealer in Denmark that I have been in contact with the past 6 months, they told me that I an buy the ZOE now! However I cannot test drive until first half of May. I’m trying to clarify that ‘buy’ actually means I can purchase it with a set delivery time…

    I have yet to receive any notice from Renault Denmark, either about test drive or the purchase…

    I decided to wait to install my charger since the McDonalds close to my temporary home will get a fast charger in May, this is the 2nd compatible charger in Sweden south of Gothenburg!!! And it’s only 1km from my place.

    The last month since I got back to Sweden I’ve been contacting government, electricity providers and enthusiasts and even joined the green party… The conclusion is that there is NO ONE in Sweden that is planning these first chargers, anyone can build one anywhere and there is no plan at all… The government promised the EU to have 14,000 chargers here by 2020, but there is no plan or roadmap to make sure this happens…

     

    #2513

    smitchy73
    Participant

    I don’t think anyone in any european country has anything to worry about in regards to fast charging, especially for the Zoe, a 32amp(7kw) can charge a Zoe in a couple of hours, I think slightly faster if it is a 3 phase power supply. The AC charging that the Zoe runs on is alot cheaper than the DC fast charger that the Nissan Leaf requires. Plus depending on what you would need a fast charger for would determine how necessary one actually is, I’ve had my Nissan Leaf hasn’t seen a rapid charger yet as there has never been a requirement here in Scotland so far.  Since I got it in February there has been one journey I’ve not been able to do which was about 120 miles from where I live and there was nowhere to charge between home and my destination and for the return journey. Although at all the charging points on the same journey there were several 32a chargers so could’ve charged for about an hour to get me to my destination and whilst at my meeting and the same on the return, that is of course if I had a Zoe, which may still happen when it comes out, I am still reservation number 5 in the UK.

    #2512

    Nosig
    Participant

    I wouldn’t expect such lack of motivation in Sweden. I just testdrove the Zoe, it’s a great ride. Learned a couple of new things. The Zoe isn’t compatible with dc chargers since the cameleon charger converts ac to dc itself. And apparently most Dutch fast chargers are dc, so not compatible (yet). I also went by the local Renault ZE dealer. Someone ordered a black Zoe yesterday without ever seeing or driving one. It was in stock so he’ll get it may 16th. I hope to get more info monday. 

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