Renault has chosen the Geneva Motor Show for the first appearance of the ZOE. The new ZOE is designed as a pure-electric car from the ground up, it is a sleek supermini with fluid lines. Its agile, dynamic looks express driving enjoyment, while its signature headlights feature LEDs that permanently light up recesses situated either side of the front air intake. Like the Renault Twingo and Renault Twizy the ZOE features the Renault brand’s new design identity.
Like all electric vehicles the ZOE emits no CO2, NOx, CO or fine particles. It also signals the loss of unpleasant smells and ‘engine’ noise during road use. Emissions total 62 g/km of CO2 in Europe, versus 89 g/km for the new Toyota Prius. They are even lower in France at just 12 g/km of CO2.
The Renault ZOE is the only electric vehicle to feature the Chameleon charger. Patented by Renault, this charger is compatible with all power levels up to 43kW. Charging batteries at a charging station can take between 30 minutes and nine hours. The ZOE can be charged in an hour at 22kW. This intermediate power level extends battery life and puts less pressure on the power grid than the fast-charging of batteries at 43kW.
The ZOE is priced from £13,650 on the road after Plug-in Car Grant deduction.