The Renault Zoe is the best selling full electric car in Europe. With a new higher-powered battery, the ZE40 edition offers a longer range at an affordable price.
186miles (299 kms)
Based on EPA cycle
Latest Model Year2017
MSRP - Manufacturers Recommended Retail Price
|Top Speed||84 mph|
|Acceleration||13.2 seconds (0-60 mph)|
|Home Charging*||R90 - charge in 5 hours. Q90 - charge in 6 hours 20.|
|Fastcharge Speed||R90 - Quick charge in 98 mins. Q90 - quick charge in 65 minutes.|
Slow (Home and some Public Chargers)
Each EV has an inbuilt charger capable of receiving AC power. The charging port could have different fittings depending on where you are in the world. Even the same vehicle model sold in different countries could have different implementations.
|Type 1 (SAE J1772 or "J Plug")
This plug is common in Australasia, Asia, the US and Canada.
|Type 2 (IEC 62196 or "Mennekes")
This plug is common in Europe.
Only available in some public chargers, this uses DC power to charge the battery directly. Each EV has a maximum speed at which it can be charged, and batteries are only fastcharged up to 80% capacity to ensure battery health. There are a number of different port configurations.
Many fast chargers will have multiple connectors, and power capacity (which is increasing as the technology improves).
CCS (Combined Charging System)
CCS ports are a combination of the slow charging port and an extra 2-pin socket. Therefore they can be either Type 1 or Type 2.
Developed in Japan, the CHAdeMO is common in vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf.
Tesla developed their own fastcharge connector, although in some countries without proprietary Tesla chargers, the vehicle has a cable to adapt to CHAdeMO or Type 2 CCS.
How Fast Can An EV Charge?
Slow charging (home and public)
Slow charging is limited by the lower of: the EV's onboard charging speed, or the output of the wall-mounted charger you are plugged into. Charging speed is measured in kilowatts(kW). For example: your wall-mounted charger can output 32 Amps at 240 volts = 7.68 kW of power, however your EV's onboard charger is 6.6 kW - then that is the maximum speed. The higher the battery capacity, the more time it takes to charge.
DC fast chargers are being built with higher capacities, however this is still limited by the hardware limitations the EV manufacturer has placed on the battery. Most DC fast chargers start at 40kW (many have a much higher capacity).
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
Renault Zoe Pros & Cons
*Note: Specs on this page are for the ZE40 models.
French manufacturer Renault are continually improving the Zoe, making it one of the best-selling electric cars in Europe.
The new Zoe (ZE40) has an NEDC range of 400km / 250 miles (although real-life estimates are more like 186 miles – in summer).
There are 3 models in the range. The base model has a 22kWh battery, while the two more expensive models have the 41kWh battery (called the ZE 40).
In the UK, models are called: Expression Nav, Dynamique Nav (ZE40), and Signature Nav (ZE40). They can be purchased either as a battery hire option, or by buying the battery outright.
The start price for the Expression Nav is £14,245 (+ battery hire), up to £26,020 (Signature Nav – you own the battery).
The ZE40 versions come with choice of two engines.
- The R90 can be has a slower charging rate (22kW).
- The Q90 is faster charging (43kW – charged in 65 minutes), but comes with a £750 premium price tag.
Note that in different countries, there are different options (some countries can only rent the battery, others can only buy the battery).