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Renault ZOE available for pre-order. Image by Newspress.

Renault ZOE available for pre-order
The ZOE is to join the Twizy in Renault's EV line-up.
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What's the news?

Renault has now opened its order books for its new ZOE supermini - an all-electric car that is designed to kick-start the company's EV range of cars. Renault claims that six world firsts and 60 patents are present on the ZOE, helping to deliver 'user-friendliness, range and connectivity'.


The outside of the ZOE follows Renault's latest design language, as seen on the Twizy and Twingo. Renault's signature headlights feature LED daytime running lamps that light up recesses either side of the front grille. The 16-inch wheels are shod in Michelin Energy E-V tyres, helping the car achieve its theoretical 130-mile range.


Expression, Dynamique Intens and Dynamique Zen trim levels are available on launch, with base-level cars getting USB and Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and climate control. Higher spec models get automatic headlights and wipers, parking sensors and Renault's Z.E. Interactive system, which allows owners to set the ZOE's cabin temperature while charging, preserving battery life when on the move.

All versions are also fitted with Renault's new R-LINK infotainment system, featuring voice controlled TomTom satellite navigation with a seven-inch touchscreen.


Under the hood is a 65kW (88hp) electric motor, capable of producing 220Nm of torque instantly and returning a theoretical 130-mile range. Renault has said however, that drivers can expect to achieve a range of between 60- and 90 miles, depending on temperature, when driving in real-world conditions.

When driving in built up areas at low speed, the silent ZOE is fitted with a warning alarm for pedestrians, although this can be switched off. A new regenerative braking system is also included to maximise battery life; and 80 per cent of the ZOE's battery can be charged from a charging station in 30 minutes thanks to Renault's patented Chameleon charger.

Anything else?

The ZOE is priced from 13,650 and can be reserved now from just 49. Battery hire starts at 70 per month.

The Fluence Z.E. saloon and the Kangoo Van Z.E. will boast similar technologies to the ZOE when they are released at a later date.

James Giddings - 31 Oct 2012

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