The Renault Zoe heralds the start of a new era for Renault in New Zealand with the launch of its first plug-in electric vehicle (EV).
The three-door Zoe is fitted with the Range OptimiZEr system which boosts the vehicle range by almost 25 percent.
It also has new-generation regenerative braking which recharges the battery during the deceleration and braking phase, while a heat pump maintains the range of Zoe when the heating is in use. Michelin Energytm e-V tyres are used.
All versions of Zoe equipped with Renault R-Link built-in navigation.
Patented by Renault, the Chameleon built-in charger adapts to the power supply available, single-phase or three-phase, up to 43kW, so the car can charge its battery to a level of 80 percent in 60 minutes.
Chameleon also has the ability to charge Zoe at varying levels of power: for example, at 11 kW (a charge of around two hours) or 2 kW (80 percent of the battery for a one-hour charge).
These intermediate power levels maintain battery service life more effectively and have less impact on the grid than a “fast” charge (43 kW). Zoe uses the Type 2 (IEC 62196-2) connector which is also used by BMW and Audi.
The Zoe’s homologated range is 250km. This can vary in the same way as a petrol/diesel car according to topography, driving style and weight carried. The 0-100km/h acceleration figure is 13.5 seconds and top speed 135 kmh. Its electric motor produces 65 kW/220Nm.
When approaching urban areas, the Zoe turns on its Z.E. Voice, an exterior sound to warn pedestrians of the oncoming vehicle and enable them to estimate its speed, since the frequency varies with the speed of the car. Z.E. Voice is active at speeds of between 1 and 30 km/h.
The car has a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating.
The car will be available from July at $76,716.11c. It gets a 3 year/100,000km warranty, with an additional two years for the traction battery.
Further Renault EV models, including a small van, with be made available later. More details soon.