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Renault Zoe Overview: Zero Emission Supermini

Renault Zoe fully electric supermini overview: power, range, charging, trims, equipment, price and battery hire.

Motor, Power And Range

The Renault Zoe is a fully electric, zero emission and nicely equipped supermini that excels in the urban environment. Propulsion comes courtesy of its 88hp motor and single-speed, automatic, transmission. This combination – that virtually any motorist can operate instinctively - propels it to 62mph in 13.5 seconds which is comparable to many petrol/diesel powered cars from the same class.

The Renault Zoe also has 5 doors, 5 seats and a class competitive 338-litre boot. As with every electric vehicle, range varies based on factors such as the ambient temperature – but the manufacturer estimates that a best case scenario is about 149 miles.

Charging

The Zoe can be charged via a variety of means. The sale price includes a Chargemaster 7KW Wall Box that could be installed (say) inside a garage or on an exterior wall if the vehicle is more frequently parked on a driveway. It charges the battery from flat to full in 3 to 4 hours. A fleet of public charging ports provides an alternative.

Charger output varies from 3KW to 22KW and charge times from 8 to 1 hours, respectively. Option 3 is a rapid charger that might be found at a motorway service station. Its 43KW output charges the battery to 80%, in 30 minutes (depending on the model).

Trims And Equipment

The Renault Zoe is available with 3 trims. The Expression Nav is the entry level option and has satellite navigation, cruise control that incorporates a speed limiter, climate control and hill-start assist to prevent it rolling backwards on slopes when pulling into traffic.

The Dynamique Nav adds rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, automatic headlights, automatic windscreen wipers, enhanced upholstery plus a leather steering wheel and gear knob. The Dynamique Nav Rapid Charge – as the name suggests – is the trim that can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes via a rapid charger. Lesser versions require 60 minutes. 

Price And Battery Hire

The Zoe costs £18,445 to £20,545 on the road. These figures incorporate the government’s plug-in car grant that encourages motorists to move from internal combustion, to electric. It totals 35% of the retail price up to £5,000. The alternative is to purchase the car then lease its battery.

This scheme recognises that a battery might lose capacity over time so a motorist might prefer not to own it. The battery is then replaced or repaired should its capacity fall below 75%. In this scenario, the vehicle costs £13,445 to £15,545 on the road including the government grant. The price of the lease varies based on duration and mileage.