The Renault ZOE has gone on sale priced from £13,650 after the government plug-in car grant has been applied, which around the same price as diesel powered Clio. You do have to hire the batteries from £70 a month on top of the purchase price, but of course you have to offset this against fuel costs with a conventional car and you don't pay road tax.
The plug-in ZOE is a plug-in electric car – which means you have to charge it up – it is not a hybrid and relies purely on electric power. The range from one charge is around 60 miles in cold weather and nearer to 90 miles in more temperate conditions.
The Renault ZOE has a top speed of 84 mph from its 65kW electric motor which has the equivalent output to 88hp conventional engine. You do not have the change gear and acceleration is fairly brisk. At speeds up to 18 mph the ZOE has a voice that warns pedestrians that the vehicle is approaching – the driver can choose between three different sounds, while it is possible to turn off the warning system by simply pressing a button.
The ZOE features a Chameleon charger which is patented by Renault; this charger is compatible with all power levels from 3kW up to 43kW. Charging batteries at a charging station can take between 30 minutes and nine hours, with 80 per cent of full battery power able to be achieved within 30 minutes using a Rapid Charger 43 kW AC power source.
There are three trim levels ‘Expression’, ‘Dynamique Zen’ and ‘Dynamique Intens’.
Renault Zoe Expression - £13,650
Standard equipment includes 15-inch Aerobase wheel trims on Michelin ENERGY E-V tyres, R-Link – voice controlled TomTom satellite navigation with 7” touchscreen, 4x20W radio, USB input, jack, SD multimedia and Bluetooth, ‘Range OptimiZEr’ – bi-modal braking system, heat pump and Michelin Energy E-V tyres, Chameleon charger allowing recharge time of 30 minutes to 9 hours, Econometer, battery gauge and integrated mileage counter, Eco mode: reduces power delivery and reprogrammes heating and air conditioning systems to maximise range, Z.E. Connect – remote monitoring of battery charge and range, Z.E. (hot/cold) pre-conditioning of interior temperature (when vehicle on charge), Z.E. Voice – low speed pedestrian warning, Climate Control, Cruise Control, LED Day Time Running Lights, ESC, ASR Traction control and Understeer control, Hill Start Assist, Renault keycar, ISOFIX mountings on front passenger seat and outer rear seats, TFT instrument display, Height and reach adjustable steering wheel, Privacy glass to rear side and tailgate windows, R.A.I.D. (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) auto door locking over 5 mph and a Speed Limiter.
Renault ZOE Dynamique Zen and Dynamique Intens - £14,750
Adds 16-inch Aerotronic wheel trims on Michelin ENERGY E-V tyres, Hands-free key card, My Z.E. Inter@ctive – remote battery charging and air conditioning/heating activation, 4x35W Arkamys 3D digital sound system, Auto lights and wipers, Z.E. Digital – remote access to R-Link store e.g. email access), Leather steering wheel, Electric rear windows and Rear parking sensors
- Dynamique Intens only:
- Rear parking camera
- Dark interior ambience
- Dynamique Zen only:
- ‘Zen’ interior with Teflon upholstery protection
- ‘Zen Take Care by Renault’ – active scent diffuser, ioniser, toxicity sensor
There are a number of options such as Metallic paint at £495 (Energy Blue, Calico Grey, Neptune Grey, Diamond Black, Brazil Brown) and Z.E. Live Services (HD Traffic updated, speed camera alerts, TomTom Places search and weather forecasts) 3 year subscription £150Published 22 March 2013