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Renault Zoe gets power and range boost

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Renault has treated the third generation Zoe to more power and more range
Renault has treated the third generation Zoe to more power and more range
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The third generation Renault Zoe is available with a brand new 100 kW motor
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The third generation Renault Zoe is available with a brand new 100 kW motor
Seats in the new Zoe are covered in fabric made using recycled materials sourced from safety belt straps and PET waste
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Seats in the new Zoe are covered in fabric made using recycled materials sourced from safety belt straps and PET waste
Renault has treated the third generation Zoe to a 10-inch digital instrument panel, which can put navigation aids at driver eye level
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Renault has treated the third generation Zoe to a 10-inch digital instrument panel, which can put navigation aids at driver eye level
Renault's design team has made some subtle changes to the exterior look, for a more confident stance
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Renault's design team has made some subtle changes to the exterior look, for a more confident stance
Renault's design team has made some subtle changes to the exterior look, for a more confident stance
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Renault's design team has made some subtle changes to the exterior look, for a more confident stance
Behind the diamond-shaped cover, Zoe drivers will now find a Type-2 socket for AC charging, and a two-pin DC socket for up to 50 kW fast charging
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Behind the diamond-shaped cover, Zoe drivers will now find a Type-2 socket for AC charging, and a two-pin DC socket for up to 50 kW fast charging
WLTP range per charge for the new Zoe is reported to be up to 390 km 
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WLTP range per charge for the new Zoe is reported to be up to 390 km 
Inside Renault's third generation Zoe electric five-seater
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Inside Renault's third generation Zoe electric five-seater
The center console in the Zoe has an electronic gear lever, automatic parking brake, an induction charger and more
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The center console in the Zoe has an electronic gear lever, automatic parking brake, an induction charger and more
The Zoe's main settings and entertainment options are controlled using a 9.3-inch touchscreen multimedia display in the center
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The Zoe's main settings and entertainment options are controlled using a 9.3-inch touchscreen multimedia display in the center
Renault has introduced a new urban driving mode, which means the driver should be able to use the brake pedal less
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Renault has introduced a new urban driving mode, which means the driver should be able to use the brake pedal less
The new Easy Link multimedia system can work with a mobile app to offer the driver a range of helpful applications and services
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The new Easy Link multimedia system can work with a mobile app to offer the driver a range of helpful applications and services
Range per charge has increased by 20 percent compared to the previous generation
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Range per charge has increased by 20 percent compared to the previous generation
Renault has treated the third generation Zoe to more power and more range
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Renault has treated the third generation Zoe to more power and more range
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Renault launched the Zoe electric five-seater back in March 2012, along with a monthly battery hire scheme that meant the company could offer EV drivers an attractive purchase price. With other European car makers such as Seat and Opel now muscling in on the compact electric space, Renault has bumped up the performance specs for the 3rd gen Zoe.

The all-new Zoe now comes with a Z.E.50 52 kWh Li-ion battery pack, which gives the vehicle a per charge WLTP range of 390 km (242 mi) and represents a 20 percent increase over the previous generation. Popping the diamond-shaped cover at the front now reveals two charging points too, one for up to 22 kW AC charging and the other for up to 50 kW DC fast charging.

Range per charge has increased by 20 percent compared to the previous generation
Range per charge has increased by 20 percent compared to the previous generation

Renault is offering a power bump too, with 100 kW (135 hp) motor putting 245 Nm (180 lb-ft) of torque on tap. The Zoe can zip from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 10 seconds, and has a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph). A new urban driving mode means the driver should be able to use the brake pedal less – something Nissan Leaf drivers will be familiar with.

Renault's design team has touched up the exterior, with a new look for the contoured hood, a new bumper shape and fresh LED lights said to give the Zoe a more confident stance. The headlights feature high beam auto dimming to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers, there's included blind spot alerts and the car can read traffic signals.

There are enhancements inside the cabin too. The driver gains a 10-inch instrument display that's available on all models. As well as the speedo, odo and charging status indicator, this digital cluster features navigation aids and an eco-meter that's designed to encourage the driver to adopt more eco-friendly driving habits.

The Zoe's main settings and entertainment options are controlled using a 9.3-inch touchscreen multimedia display in the center
The Zoe's main settings and entertainment options are controlled using a 9.3-inch touchscreen multimedia display in the center

The vehicle's main settings and entertainment options are controlled using a 9.3-inch touchscreen multimedia display in the center, with the center console also getting some attention. This now includes an electronic gear lever, automatic parking brake, an induction charger and more.

The new Easy Link multimedia system can work with a mobile app to offer the driver a range of helpful applications and services and, in a welcome touch, the new Zoe's upholstery has been made using recycled materials sourced from safety belt straps and PET waste.

No pricing or availability information has been revealed as yet, but you can have a look at the pitch video below while we wait.

Source: Renault

Discover our New Renault ZOE | Groupe Renault

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2 comments
SimonClarke
excellent innovations. when I test drove a Zoe I found it a bit lack lustre in acceleration and asked if the battery was going to be increased. this will make a nice car great.
philouze
@Simon : the new one has a 135hp against 90 for the first Zoe, more torque, and can use this torque much longer (max torque til 120 km/h, against 80 for ther first edition) . First battery was 22 kWh, this one 52 (and real usable 52 for 55 total)