November 18, 2012 at 14:22 #1595
On a fossil fuel car the choice of wheels and tyres is mostly about aesthetics, except for sports cars where grip, handling and performance at speed b
[See the full post at: Wheels, Tyres and Range]
– this is a page on the Zoe Description menu.January 6, 2013 at 13:33 #1596
There’s an interesting discussion on this topic over on InsideEVs:July 29, 2014 at 22:13 #9385
I’m going for 17″on my new Zoe for aesthetics but also I read in a review:-
“Things fall apart in the bends, however. While the supple suspension is up for some fun, the light and elastic steering definitely isn’t, and the eco-biased Michelin Energy E-V tyres can’t summon much cornering grip before wailing and sliding into understeer. Upgrading to optional 17-inch alloys will bring grippier Primacy 3 rubber but will cut the car’s already limited range by 10 per cent.”
Full review if you wish to read:-http://recombu.com/cars/reviews/renault-zoe-reviewJuly 30, 2014 at 21:50 #9393
Upgrading to optional 17-inch alloys will bring grippier Primacy 3 rubber but will cut the car’s already limited range by 10 per cent.”
Well today I did my usual 72 mile commute (mainly 60/70 mph roads) and had 29 miles left, and I have the 17″ tyres. I just can’t see them making that much difference to the rangeJuly 30, 2014 at 22:10 #9396
That’s really good to know Taminatortom! ThxJuly 31, 2014 at 00:09 #9407
One of the reasons that summer range is better than winter is that the rolling resistance behaviour of tyres in warmer weather drops. Because they all drop, the absolute differences look much smaller.
Therefore, you can expect a much smaller difference between wide and narrower tyres in the summer, but that differential will grow in winter.July 31, 2014 at 09:44 #9412
We have the very smart Tech Run 17″ alloys fitted to our Zoe and regularly achieve 100 miles + per charge
so I would say that the stated 10% reduction in range is not true 😉July 31, 2014 at 09:54 #9413
Buzzar – how much more firm do you feel the ride in a zoe is compared to 16″ tyre if you know?July 31, 2014 at 09:55 #9414
Sorry…same question to Taminatortom.July 31, 2014 at 14:06 #9415
my zoe is fitted with the 17″ alloys. honestly comparing it to the 16″ the ride is slightly more ‘bumpy’ & firm but not by much. range – well its hard to notice as i only drove the test zoe on 16″ alloys for 48 hours, but yes there is defo a difference of 5-10 miles max.
the only thing i can say is that the 17″ tyres are more likely to burst. i’ve had 2 flats (during 11 months covering 15K) which is more than any of my previous ICE cars. one tyre was a complete write off due to a pothole which literally burst the side wall and it cost me £140 to replace. so just keep that in mind if upgrading to 17″ that in the long run replacements will cost more. but the 17″ do look much, MUCH better!
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