Small car, small price, huge range according to rumour
By John Silcox on February 17, 2012 5:34 PM
The 2012 Renault Zoe isn’t even in UK showrooms yet, but already there are intriguing rumours surrounding the second generation of the pure-electric vehicle due in 2014.
In the build up to the unveiling of the 2012 Zoe small car at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, French magazine BFM Business reports that Renault will release a new version in 2014, with a maximum range of 220 miles. That’s more than double the range of the 2012 Zoe's 100 miles, which is also the current market standard.
BFM Business says the extra range will be possible due to advances in battery technology, although that would be pretty spectacular progress.
TheChargingPoint.com asked Renault how much truth there is to the article and they were predictably tight-lipped. “We haven't confirmed the range of this new model yet,” said a spokesperson. “Everything is under wraps until press conference of 6 March in Geneva. The only guidance given so far officially is we believe it will have best range of any EV at launch.”
The only other electric vehicle currently available with a similar range is the 2011 Tesla Roadster, which scores 245 miles per charge. However the big attraction of the Zoe is not the design, electric drivetrain or even range, but the price. The 2014 Zoe is expected to be priced similarly to this year’s model – approximately £15,000 including the £5,000 UK Government subsidy. That’s equivalent to a Renault Clio diesel.
Customers will nevertheless have to take into account a monthly lease fee for the battery from Renault – approximately £65 for the first generation – which is how the manufacturer can make EV technology available to the general public at such a low cost.
The Zoe is Renault’s first ever car developed solely for an electric powertrain and follows in the footsteps of the 2011 Renault Kangoo ZE van and 2012 Renault Fluence ZE saloon – both adaptions of existing vehicles that run on petrol/ diesel. Zoe will be built in the French marque’s factory in Flins, near Paris.
Powered by an electric motor dishing out 222Nm of torque from zero revs, it is expected to get from 0 to 62mph in 8.1 seconds.