March 4, 2013 at 22:21 #2068
The Zoe launch in France appears to be picking up speed. Firstly, Renault has released a video of Zoe production at the Flins factory: Secondly, revie
[See the full post at: Zoe Deliveries Begin in France 2]March 5, 2013 at 02:55 #2079
We should all push Renault about that cable issue… without support for one, I’m out.
I already bought an occasional “granny” cable, so I don’t need it included, but if they don’t support it then my cable is useless of course.March 5, 2013 at 07:19 #2080
Finally ZOE is on its way! I was starting to laugh at the situation, it reminded me of socialism when we (yugoslavia) had the money, but the stores were empty 🙂
I agree with Per. My home socket is my freedom. We should push Renault. Cars are supposed to make me independent and Renault is trying to push me through the bottleneck of charging stations. I wonder why?March 5, 2013 at 20:30 #2082
Another French review:
and a view from the other side of the pond:March 6, 2013 at 13:48 #2097
And here it is-the first ZOE on MOBILE.de (from french salon). Who’s gonna buy it guys?March 6, 2013 at 21:58 #2098
That was quick!
Meanwhile, a couple of French reports on the launch:
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lesechos.fr%2Fentreprises-secteurs%2Fauto-transport%2Factu%2F0202591390948-renault-zoe-questions-pour-un-lancement-542435.php%3Fxtor%3DRSS-2003March 11, 2013 at 21:49 #2117March 12, 2013 at 00:55 #2118
Here a small Dutch news item:
Basically it says the waiting list (in France) for the Zoe is very long. They’ve been selling since October and have sold about 1600 already, which is quite a lot compared to the Fluence ZE (300 sold total). The Netherlands will be the first export country after they’ve served the homeland, with deliveries expected in May.March 12, 2013 at 03:03 #2119
The main Renault reseller in Denmark told me they get their ZOE training on the week of April 22 and they start deliveries about two weeks later, which seems to be the same time as in Holland.
I’m facing a major dilemma now:
1. Buy the ZOE and be seriously restricted in where I can drive, there is a charging pod 85km from my home, next one is 300km away. This would mean I could drive about 75km maximum from my home to be able to safely drive back and charge. With the EVSE cable this would of course not be a problem.
2. The dealer has a Fluence at the same price as the ZOE, driven 3500km. But it seems to be tied into a BetterPlaces scheme where the monthly fee would be around 160Euro, and we have no BP in Sweden, so all the costs and none of the benefits. This would only be interesting if they can remove the BP fees of course.
Sweden is committed to install 14,000 charging stations by 2020, and so far 4 have been installed… So I’m still leaning towards the ZOE and hope that those 13,996 stations will come sooner rather than later.
So sad to live in such a backwards country… In Sweden all charging pods are standard 220V house hold sockets, since ALL EVs (except ZOE) can use these…
Promising is that Renault Sweden told me that they have tested several cables, but none of them had high enough quality. So there is a glimmer of hope that the car accepts the cables, just that Renault is picky. Wonder if those bad cables still charged that car and what the problems were.March 12, 2013 at 21:17 #2125
Nosig, thanks for the link about the Dutch launch – here in English via Google Translate:
PerLyngemark – where’s your sense of adventure! The Zoe is rated for 210km but good EV drivers can usually get more than the official range (while drivers used to fossil cars get worse). To get between the two fast chargers (at 85km and 300km) you just need to stretch to 215km?!
Ok, perhaps that’s a bit risky, and maybe they’re not in the same direction – but I suggest that you could certainly consider yourself to have a radius of 80km beyond the 85km charger.
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