2017 MY Renault Zoe
- Best range mainstream electric vehicle
- New Z.E.40 battery option provides 250 miles (NEDC) driving on a single charge
- Renault says real-world range 124 miles in extreme cold, 186 in summer
- All models max speed 84mph with 0-62mph in 13.5sec
- New top-of-the-range Signature Nav trim level
- ZOE was Europe’s best-selling electric car in 2015
- Models priced from £13,995 on-the-road (after Plug-in Car Grant)
RENAULT has announced pricing and specification for the 2017 model year Renault ZOE recently unveiled with the new Z.E.40 battery that has a 250-mile (NEDC) range – the longest range of any mainstream electric vehicle.
The all-electric plug-in hatchback has the attraction of zero emissions for just 7% benefit in kind tax band and free running in the London Congestion Charge zone which is set to become an Ultra Low Emission Zone within three years.
A new top-of-the-range Signature Nav trim level has been added to the ZOE line-up for the 2017 model year now on sale and arriving in showrooms from January 2017.
The 250-mile range is based on the outdated New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) evaluation – the rating dating from 1997 – and as such ZOE offers the best range of any mainstream electric vehicle.
In real-world driving, Renault estimates the ZOE fitted with the new Z.E.40 battery has a real-world range of between 186 miles in temperate conditions and 124 miles in extreme cold conditions.
ZOE is now offered with a choice of two batteries – the new Z.E.40 battery and the existing 22kW battery. The entry level Expression version comes with the 22kW battery whilst Dynamique Nav and above are offered with the new Z.E.40 battery enabling owners to choose a ZOE that suits their individual requirements.
The Z.E.40 battery is available with an optional Quick Charge facility that reduces charging times even further. All ZOEs sold to private customers are supplied with a fully-installed 7kW fast-charging box for convenient charging at home.
The updated ZOE is being expanded to a five-version line-up based on three trim levels familiar to owners of other Renault vehicles – Expression, Dynamique Nav and the new top-of-the-range Signature Nav. ZOE remains available to purchase with a monthly battery lease agreement or outright with no battery lease agreement.
The Expression trim level provides buyers with a comprehensive specification with a 7-inch touchscreen housing Renault’s easy-to-use R-Link2 infotainment system with TomTom satellite navigation; climate control, electric windows and electric heated mirrors, cruise control, speed limiter, keycard, Bluetooth connectivity and ample storage throughout the cabin.
Renault’s Range OptimiZer technology ensures ZOE is highly efficient with its heat pump, a bi-modal braking system and Michelin ENERGY E-V tyres. ZOE’s Chameleon Charger ensures that ZOE adapts and always charges from a source at the highest rate possible, thus lowering charge times.
Renault’s Z.E. Connect app allows drivers to remotely monitor battery levels and charging status via their smartphone or computer. The ZOE Expression is available with the R90 22kW battery enabling a range of 149 miles (NEDC) and a charging time of 3 to 4 hours (0 to 80% full).
ZOE keeps occupants safe with a five-star Euro NCAP rating and standard safety features such as ESC with traction and understeer control, Hill Start Assist and front and side driver and passenger airbags.
The ZOE Dynamique Nav adds to the Expression specification with a hands-free keycard, automatic lights and wipers, rear parking sensors, rear electric windows and electrically operated, heated and folding door mirrors, 16-inch ‘Black Shadow’ alloy wheels and a leather steering wheel and gear lever.
In addition to the Z.E. Connect app, the Dynamique Nav benefits from a one-year subscription to the Z.E. Interactive app. Via a smartphone or computer this allows you to remotely charge your ZOE and schedule charges, as well as cabin temperature pre-conditioning, in order to maximise convenience and take advantage of available off-peak electricity rates.
The new ZOE Signature Nav trim level sits at the top of the range and features supple leather upholstery, heated front seats, a seven speaker BOSE audio system, rear parking camera, 16-inch ‘Grey Shadow’ alloy wheels and driver’s seat lumbar adjustment.
ZOE will be available in three new colours for 2017 – Mars Red, Titanium Grey and Ytrium Grey (available on Signature Nav only) complementing the Zircon Blue metallic added in 2016.
Battery: Lease or buy outright
Regardless of trim level, the ZOE is available to purchase in two ways. Buyers can lease the battery on a monthly basis with payments banded to reflect estimated annual mileage and starting from £49 per month. New for 2017 is the ‘Unlimited’ option, that has no mileage cap, and is priced at £110 per month.
Alternatively, ZOE can be bought outright, including the battery, and therefore have no monthly battery lease payments. Full purchase versions that include the battery are denoted by their trim level names: iExpression, iDynamique Nav and iSignature Nav.
Monthly Battery Lease Options
|Annual Mileage||Up to 4,500 miles||Up to 6,000 miles||Up to 7,500 miles||Up to 9,000 miles||Up to 10,500 miles||Unlimited|
Every ZOE purchased by a retail customer includes a Z.E.-ready 7kW fast-charging wall-box with free home installation – owners will be able to charge a ZOE from flat to 100% full in as little as three to four hours, depending on version.
Z.E. Trip and Z.E. Pass – two new apps for Renault Z.E. owners
Z.E. Trip makes long-distance driving a breeze in the ZOE by allowing drivers to locate all public charging points in many European countries.
The app can be accessed directly via the Renault R-LINK navigation system using the steering wheel-mounted controls or via the internet to prepare trips in advance. Z.E. Trip indicates the real-time availability of each charging point, as well as its type and whether it is compatible with the car.
The driver can select a charging point based on its charging capacity so the speeds suit their requirements. Z.E. Trip will be rolled out in the UK during 2017.
The Z.E. Pass app makes charging easier at most public charging points in Europe even though they are owned by various operators. The driver can pay using the specific smartphone app or with one RFID badge.
They can also locate available charging points and compare prices at different points nearby using their smartphone or tablet without having to be a registered member of each network. Developed in association with Bosch, the Z.E. Pass service will be rolled out in the UK during 2017.
BIK & pricing
|VED (band)||Ins. group||Price
|Expression Nav R90 22kW||7%||149||A||TBC||£13,995|
|Dynamique Nav R90 Z.E.40||7%||250||A||TBC||£17,845|
|Dynamique Nav Q90 Z.E.40||7%||230||A||TBC||£18,595|
|Signature Nav R90 Z.E.40||7%||250||A||TBC||£19,895|
|Signature Nav Q90 Z.E.40||7%||230||A||TBC||£20,645|
|*= plus monthly battery lease|