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Renault Zoe
The Zoe makes four all electric vehicles in the Renault range. Renault supplies a free domestic charger as part of the package

Renault Zoe Dynamique Intens

What is it

The Renault Zoe is the fourth model to join Renault ZE (zero emissions) range of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) after the Fluence saloon, the Kangoo van and the remarkable Twizy quadricycle.

It’s based on the same platform as the new Clio but with certain modifications such as the use of some suspension parts from the larger Megane.

Renault Zoe
The platform is the same as a Clio – with some changes to accommodate the batteries

 

Renault Zoe
A re-charge can be as quick as 30 minutes – but you need a public fast charger for that

The battery pack lives under the floor of the passenger compartment and most of the other drivetrain components are under the bonnet so there are no compromises when it comes to interior space.

Renault has put more effort into its push into the pure EV market than any other mainstream manufacturer, rather than hedging its bets with hybrids, which don’t suffer the same range limitations.

The French manufacturer takes the view that accommodating two power sources and two motors in cars designed to sell at mainstream prices isn’t the best way to go.

So far, it has been a lonely battle for the French, but the attractive Zoe has long been heralded as the car that might finally produce the breakthrough that would make all that effort worthwhile.

 

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1 COMMENT

  1. “The Zoe is the best production electric car yet – far better and cheaper than the first wave of EVs that hit the market just two short years ago.”
    You obviously haven’t read any reviews of the Tesla Model S, seen it, or been in it. Many reviewers are considering it to be the best car ever made.

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