The Renault ZOE was one of the first all-electric vehicles priced “affordable” landing in our country. Submitted about 4 years, during this time has been receiving some updates to improve the efficiency of its electric motor, its batteries and the capacity of the same. This autumn, Renault informed us of the arrival of a new battery of 41 kWh for the new variant of Renault ZOE Z. E. 40, which extended the autonomy recognised to the 403 km Today we put it to the test in the finish Intens 40.
But before we go full on with the test, we must review minimally some of the sales figures of the brand in terms of electric vehicles are concerned. Spain is not a market that, in time, pay too much attention to all-electric vehicles, among other things because the infrastructure and facilities to purchase are very bad. To our country have reached about 4,000 ZOE since it began its marketing, being one of the EV most sold in Spain. At the global level have been sold around 50,000 Renault ZOE.
The Renault ZOE has not undergone changes since it landed nearly a half-decade. In the front keeps his rounded, the low surface area of air intakes and the headlights-tuned. The brand logo shows a proud, with a great dimensions. The lights of day are to the extreme with a half moon shape.
in the eye side we see that we are facing a vehicle a in both high for the length of your body. In compared to his brother Renault Clio is 11.4 cm high. Also on the side we can see some windows very high. As a detail, the rear doors are opened by pressing and pulling a handle that lies half concealed in the window, something that also draws the aforementioned Clio. The tires on our unit tested have a finish duotones, and are 16”, with tyres measure 195/55.
back continues with the rounded forms. It is not a coincidence that almost all of the body to resort to it, which tends to offer fewer complications in terms of design and airflow noises which forms angular. A curiosity are the drivers of lights, that do not use LED’s for lighting but bulbs indigenous, something a bit odd on an electric car.
We went inside. The Renault ZOE has a external dimensions of 4.08 meters long, 1,73 in width 1,56 high. For its part, the battle is 1.55 meters. The greater height of the outside is mirrored on the inside, as that we will go in a somewhat more elevated as we would in any subcompact segment B. it Will be a point in favor for certain conditions, especially in town, where we will be able to have a greater perception of the distances in tight maneuvers.
space is good in the squares front; as usual for this segment. We will not have the sensation of being too close to our companion, nor the roof, although my height is not too high. The seat does not have height adjustment, so that as a person of 1.90 or 2 meters is somewhat limited in the space for the head.
rear seats are peculiar, and it is for us to remember that beneath the floor carry the battery system that powers this car. This requires that the ground is more elevated. When you sit down you’ll notice that the the seat is too low with respect to the ground in comparison with other cars, which makes our knees are in a high position. The space for the knees will be good, but not of the head, without being too high, will provide you with the roof. There are five squares of the standardised and a detail that we have not liked at all is the the absence of the headrest in the central square.
The ability of trunk is 338 litres, that to be an electric car that will spend most of your time in the city is a figure more than good. In comparison with the Clio are 30 liters. If you folded down the seats forwards, this volume will reach 1.225 liters.
interior the Renault ZOE has several similarities with the Renault Clio, as the central console of the dashboard, the steering wheel, the air vents or the controls of flashing, for example. However, we find a box of instruments and specific digital, very easy reading and handling, by the way. All the materials of the dashboard are hard, although some of the better touch than others.
The seats, which as we have already mentioned above, do not offer height adjustment are headrest fixed, something you may not like all the world, although we have not had problems with comfort in this regard. Finally, the lever of the transmission, with a successful design.
The Renault ZOE previously was available only with a battery of 22 kWh, according to the procedure NEDC has a range approved 240 kilometers. Now you add this other version known as the Renault ZOE, 40, whose battery is 41 kWh. This last, which we have tested and the large stake of Renault approvals 403 miles of autonomy, although they will be around 300 if the environmental conditions are relatively good and up to 200 kilometres in a very unfavorable conditions.
with Regard to the performance, we are talking about this electric thruster generates 92 BHP, delivering a torque of 225 Nm from a standing start. We do not have data of how long it takes to pass in 0 to 100 km/h, or recoveries; but we do know that the maximum speed is limited to 135 km/h.
In regards to the recharging of this battery of 41 Kwh, it will be 16 hours on a normal socket the brand called Green-up if it is fully discharged. With a Wallbox (which costs about 1,200 euros) installed 100% of the recharge would take 7.25 hours and in a terminal of quick charge, the total time would be of 2,40 hours. This new battery only adds 22 pounds to the total weight of the vehicle in comparison with the smaller capacity.
the time Comes to check does it work this Renault ZOE. Step on brake, “Start” button, shift lever to the D position, release the hand brake and… silence. The pleasure of driving that give these electric vehicles is very high for the low levels of noise that will come to the interior. In addition, the Michelin tyres with a higher efficiency (help you save 6 km of autonomy) practically do not transmit rolling noise. The only noise that reaches our ears is the aerodynamic shape, that our unit was something that was noticeable through the windows.
From standing, step on the right pedal and the response is immediate, appearing to 225 Nm instantly and moving to the small Renault ZOE, who weighs more than 1,500 pounds, with a lot of agility. The energy delivery is very good, although more than 60 or 70 km/h note that you do not respond with the same bluntness. Therefore, clearly the best place to be will work out this car is in urban environments, although also not afraid of the highway or expressways.
By city feels a car agile with a great ability to flow through traffic and leaving “fired” from a traffic light or at the time of incorporation to a roundabout, for example. Yes, it shows too much “rebotón” to overcome the bumps that abound in the majority of localities. In fast tracks we must take into account that it is not a car to maintain a high cruising speed, both for autonomy as due to their limited speed of 135 km/h.
don’t frighten the winding roads. During the 170 kilometres of route we were able to try and put a little in a hurry to the Renault ZOE, and he wasn’t afraid at any time. low-center of gravity causes it to display a behavior very stable, hardly appear the inertia when we approach their limits. A pity that the little lateral support of the seats makes us feel pretty uncomfortable in these situations, but the car itself satisfactorily discharged.
The brand says that in a normal driving in ideal conditions, we can achieve a real independence of 300 miles. We left with batteries charged to 100% and made a route by secondary roads, autov��to and crossings of peoples, 167 kilometers of course. At all times , we perform a normal driving with climate control to 22 degrees and a radio connected, as with any other car, although testing at times the behavior of the engine and the motor, that is to say, accelerating to bottom more than once to check your answer.
At the end of the journey, the trip computer recorded an autonomy of 93 miles. If the results of the scoreboard are 100 % true, we could having traveled about 260 miles. it is True that is we obtained a result lower than those 300 miles, but in some environmental conditions in which it would have worked minus the climate control and if we had not tested the response of the engine on several occasions, would not be a difficult number to achieve.
This car opens a door to all those who want to really show a commitment to ecology and the health of our planet. By its dimensions and type of driving a car is very practical to use on a daily basis if we do not make a large number of kilometers and, above all, if the majority are by city.
autonomy will be more than enough for most people looking for a small car and daily, although you should bear in mind that it will not serve to cover long distances, that is to say, to go on a trip with the family to the beach from the center of the peninsula.
the problem of autonomy is more or less solved, but the problems to load still present. In our country the infrastructure for this type of vehicle is lousy and not everyone has a chalet where you can load it without problems or a parking garage in possession. If you live in a block of flats, do you have a facility to park right under your window to pull a cable? A cable, that if you live in a fifth, the same as your neighbors don’t make them too much grace to see it hanging also in front of your window.
is going in the good way, but high-ranking politicians should do their part if they are really so eager to remove berets of pollution and seek a sustainable mobility. Let us also remember that currently there are no plans for aid for the purchase of electric vehicles.
- Autonomy approved of 240 kilometers
- automatic Climate control
- Hubcaps 15″
- central Locking
- Limiter and the speed regulator
- Card opening and boot
- power Mirrors
- Loader Chameleon of 22 kWh
- Z. E. Voice
- Autonomy approved 400 kilometers
- alloy Wheels 16″
- Radio with 3D sound
- rain Sensor and lights
- power Windows rear
- power Windows with driver one-touch
- power Mirrors and shot power
- Opening and hands-free start –
- rear parking Sensors
- heated front Seats
- Upholstery leather
- reversing Camera
- premium audio System R-Link BOSE
- Headrest to central square
Prices Renault ZOE
Prices without the assistance plans by the government, although with a discount of € 5,500 awarded by the own brand for the month of February. The battery rental, if we want to buy it add to 7.500 € and we will have a warranty of 8 years or 160.000 km. In the case of the battery rental, the warranty is indefinite.
|22 kWh||Entry||16.625 €|
|41 kWh||Life||19.125 €|
|41 kWh||Intens||20.925 €|
|41 kWh||Bose||23.725 €|