After speculation, Renault reveals true results distance-record run
By Farah Alkhalisi on June 15, 2012 1:56 PM
Following our unofficial report earlier in the week, Renault has formally announced the results of the Zoe’s twice-round-the-clock marathon at the Aubevoye technical centre, Normandy.
The official results reveal the forthcoming pure-electric managed 1,005 miles over the 24 hours, setting a new distance record for production EVs (subject to formal homologation by the Guinness Book of Records). The Zoe circulated the track 363 times to comfortably beat the existing record of 795 miles (1280km).
Renault also revealed that two cars took part in the challenge (the second completing 936 miles) and were shared between fifteen drivers. The Renault team used the new Chameleon charger, a universal connector compatible with any socket and power level, which enabled fast-charging at 43kW and an 80% charge in less than 30 minutes. The lead car was fast-charged 18 times to keep its batteries juiced-up.
The Zoe's maximum range (on the NEDC cycle) is 130 miles, or between 62-93 miles depending on real-life conditions, and whilst securing this distance record – with its many stops for recharging – will not necessarily put paid to any range anxiety amongst EV-sceptics, it is a good way to demonstrate the reliability of the car and its charging system.
“We completed this operation in two months,” said Phillipe Vinot, the Reliability/Durability Coordinator. “In April, we started calculations to check feasibility with the Group electric powertrain department. In early May, we started track runs and established a strategy. We decided to keep the production car without any changes. We were confident and we were right.”
Sales of the Zoe start in the UK later this year, and Renault is now taking £49 deposits for reservation. Prices for this supermini start from £13,650 on-the-road with battery hire from £70 a month.