Renault Zoe 2019: 242-mile range offered by third-gen EV
Seven years after it first arrived, Renault has revealed the next generation of the all-electric Zoe.
Offering an increased 52kWh battery, it will have a range of 242 miles and faster charging over the outgoing model as well as a host of technological improvements and distinctive new looks.
That means there’s a new front bumper, C-shaped daytime running lights, and chrome inserts in the grille. As with the outgoing model, the Zoe’s charging port is featured behind the Renault badge at the front.
While the exterior changes can be described as subtle at best, step inside and you see where the real focus has been. The centre console now features a 9.3in vertical touchscreen which controls the main functions of the vehicle and can also be paired with smartphones, as well as wireless charging pad, a new electronic gear selector, plus the driving mode selector. This includes B-mode, similar to the e-pedal found in the new Nissan Leaf, which intensifies the regenerative braking effect.
Renault’s Easy Connect app and infotainment also allows the driver to operate the car’s functions through their smartphone, whether that’s setting a destination on the satnav or checking the battery status while it’s charging.
The battery which powers the Renault Zoe has grown from 41kWh to 52kWh, ensuring its range grows from 186 to 242 miles. Charging from a standard 7kW wallbox, the battery can be charged from 0-100% in around nine-and-a-half hours.
Plugging the Zoe into a 22kW roadside charger can deliver a useful 78 miles of range in only one hour. The addition of 50kW rapid DC charging ensure 90 miles of range can be added every half hour.
A choice of 100kW and 80kW battery options will be available, with the new R135 100 kW engine delivering 133hp and 245 Nm of torque. This means a 0 to 62mph in less than 10 seconds and a top speed of 87mph.
Further pricing and specs are yet to be revealed.