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Renault shows off new Zoe electric car

Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019 3:58pm

The launch of the third generation of Renault's flagship vehicle in its 100 per cent electric range is a major milestone in the group's strategy for large-scale electric vehicle development.

Seven years after the release of what has become Europe's best-selling urban electric car, the new Zoe evolves in versatility, quality and technology offering superior features, right from entry level, all while remaining affordable.

This evolution is immediately obvious. On the outside, the new Zoe shows its personality without losing its distinctive fresh design. The interior has been revolutionised, with a fully redesigned instrument panel and dashboard for improved comfort.

On a technical level, the new Zoe is both more autonomous, with a battery of 52kWh lasting up to 390km (on the WLTP test) and has more recharging options thanks to the introduction of an optional direct current (DC) charge. With its more powerful 100 kW motor on GT Line spec, the Zoe now offers even more driving pleasure.

With nearly 150,000 registrations by the end of May 2019, Zoe sales have been growing steadily since its launch. Its cumulative sales make it the most common electric vehicle on European roads.

At the front, the completely redesigned contours of the sculpted bonnet converge into a large aligned diamond which opens onto the charging hatch. The new shape of the bumper incorporates chrome inserts in the grill and around the fog lights, enhancing the lower section.

With the famous bright C-shape belonging to all new Renault vehicles, the new 100 per cent LED lights create an expressive look.

While the dimensions of the new Zoe haven’t changed, it gains in presence. It is confident and wears its electric nature with pride, the blue border around the Renault diamond logos acting as a reminder.

The new Zoe introduces a 10 inch driver’s display, available right from entry-level specifications, with definition and functions that are unparalleled in the segment.

The display contains the main driving aids and all settings specific to electric driving, starting with the eco-meter that encourages eco-friendly driving habits. On versions equipped with navigation, it also displays GPS indications.

The driver can customise the lighting and the layout of the different information on-screen. The display’s horizon and varying perspective-effects create a sense of depth and help the driver to focus.

The new Zoe has a Z.E.50 battery which takes its range up to 390km (WLTP). It now also offers fast direct current charging, an addition to the alternating current charging options already available at home or on the street.

Renault’s work to continue at the forefront of increasingly high-performing battery development did not end with the introduction of the previous generation’s Z.E. 40 battery. The result: with 52 kWh, the battery Z.E.50 for the new Zoe now offers a range of up to 390km, an increase of 20 per cent. This growth in energy capacity uses the same sized-battery, maintaining the vehicle’s comfortable habitability. The new battery Z.E.50 even has another advantage: its ability to deliver a higher current intensity contributes to the performance of the new R135 engine.

The new Zoe also is the most versatile affordable electric vehicle when it comes to charging.

All versions include 22kW AC charging as standard and this remains unique to Zoe. This is an ace up Zoe’s sleeve when it comes to the Irish public charging infrastructure.

ESB eCars offer 1,000 ESB public 22kW AC charging points in Ireland, and EasyGo plan to add several hundred more. When you drive a Zoe, you’re never far from a quick top-up, adding up to 82km in just half an hour.

“The new Zoe makes you want to go further. We’ve designed a new generation of Zoe: at the forefront of electric performance and more useable than ever. The new Zoe highlights Groupe Renault’s commitment to 100 per cent electric mobility for all,” said Gilles Normand, Director of the Electric Vehicle Division of Renault.

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