Geneva 2012: Renault Zoe
  • Geneva 2012: Renault Zoe
  • Geneva 2012: Renault Zoe

  • Geneva 2012: Renault Zoe

  • Geneva 2012: Renault Zoe
  • Geneva 2012: Renault Zoe

  • Geneva 2012: Renault Zoe
  • Geneva 2012: Renault Zoe

  • Geneva 2012: Renault Zoe
  • Geneva 2012: Renault Zoe

  • Geneva 2012: Renault Zoe
  • Geneva 2012: Renault Zoe

Renault unveiled the production version of the Zoe all-electric car at the Geneva Motor Show this week, but what sounds most impressive is the car's price: £13,650 ($21,396 U.S. at today's exchange rates) after the government incentive of up to 25 percent of the car's cost in the UK. In France, the car starts at €20,750 ($27,200) but qualifies for a €5,000 ($6,555) grant, which brings the price down to €15,750 ($20,648). Interestingly, Renault says that "even in countries where tax incentives are not currently available, prices for ZOE are still particularly attractive" and then mentions Switzerland, where the cost is CHF 22,800 ($24,797). Of course, the reason for these low prices is hidden in the details of the battery lease, which, in the UK at least, costs £70 ($110) a month for a 9,000-mile/36-month contract.

We'll see if these numbers are attractive enough to get people to go electric, since Renault started taking pre-orders for the Zoe in 11 countries this week. Learn more about the Zoe and all of Renault's Geneva releases in the egregiously long press release available after the jump.
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RENAULT AT THE GENEVA MOTOR SHOW 2012

World debut of ZOE – final instalment of Renault's initial four-strong Z.E. range, priced from only £13,650 on-the-road (UK) (after Plug-in Car Grant deduction)
ZOE features six world firsts and 60 patents
Announcement of new three cylinder turbo 0.9-litre TCe 90 petrol and 1.5 dCi 90 diesel engines
Facelifted Mégane 2012 range (Hatch, Coupé and Sport Tourer) on show

Renault has chosen the 82nd International Geneva Motor Show for the first public appearance of ZOE, the first affordable car for everyday use, from just £13,650[1], to have been designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle. ZOE packs the industry's most advanced technology, including no fewer than six 'world premiere' features designed to deliver user-friendliness, range and connectivity.

ZOE comes in the wake of the status-enhancing Fluence Z.E. saloon, Kangoo Van Z.E. (both launched in 2011) and the innovative urban runabout Twizy to make Zero Emission mobility a reality for ordinary motorists - one of the pledges of Renault's 'Drive the Change' signature.

Through its 'Renault 2016 – Drive the Change' plan, and thanks to its growing range of electric vehicles, along with work on its internal combustion engines, Renault has made a commitment to reduce its global carbon footprint by 10 per cent by 2013, and by a further 10 per cent between 2013 and 2016. The fruit of this strategy can now be seen on the street.

In terms of its internal combustion engines, Renault has chosen the Geneva Motor Show to reveal the latest phase of its powertrain strategy. Its Energy range sees the addition of two new internal combustion engines: the petrol Energy TCe 90 and the diesel Energy dCi 90. All the powerplants that feature in the Renault Energy range deliver a raft of innovations aimed at enhancing powertrain performance while at the same time returning low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Meanwhile, the Mégane Collection 2012 line-up, which stands out as the flagship of Renault's quality drive, includes three new engines that all combine driving enjoyment, fuel efficiency and hallmark reliability for even greater appeal. The model embodies the Renault group's expertise in the realm of quality, which extends from the design to the sale of all the vehicles it markets.

Last but by no means least, after an initial series of four concept cars, Renault's new design strategy is now visible in its showrooms. Indeed, New Twingo and ZOE both feature the brand's new front-end styling signature, not to mention Twizy which creates a class of its own...

"ZOE will be the spearhead of the Renault Z.E. range and the version on show at Geneva represents the model's final design. In addition to its compact size, attractive styling and affordable price tag, it showcases Renault's technological excellence when it comes to electric vehicles. ZOE also heralds the beginning of a new era of electric mobility for all and confirms our commitment to electric vehicles. It marks an important step for Renault which has a 110-year history of making major innovations a concrete reality for ordinary motorists. Our range of Energy engines is a further illustration of our 'innovation for all' drive. This range of eight engines – two of which are being unveiled today – benefits directly from our success in Formula 1 and combines performance, driving pleasure, and low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions." Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault

CONTENTS

EDGE IN TERMS OF ELECTRIC POWERINNOVATION FOR ALL: QUITE SIMPLY REVOLUTIONARY, WITH ZOE AT THE CUTTING

ZOE marks a new era of electric vehicles for all

Style imbued with purity and emotion
Electric mobility for all, from just £13,650
A raft of innovations for a new form of motoring
Travelling enjoyment, relaxation and occupant wellbeing
ZOE underpins Renault's environmental commitment

Two new Energy engines

Renault's technological excellence in F1 channelled for mass-market road cars
Renault Energy TCe 90 three-cylinder turbo petrol engine: the fuel economy champion
With the Energy dCi 90 under its bonnet, Kangoo becomes the most fuel-efficient utility vehicle in its class

THE ELECTRIC REVOLUTION CONTINUES WITH TWIZY, THE JOKER IN THE Z.E. RANGE

Car or motorbike? Neither... It's a new concept of urban mobility
100% electric, 100% fun
Developed by the engineers at Renault Sport Technologies
There's just one type of Twizy: yours!

MÉGANE 2012 – THE FLAGSHIP FOR RENAULT'S 'QUALITY MADE' CAMPAIGN

A more modern front-end appearance: integrity and finish are core priorities
Engines: the most economical car in its class
Packed with technology for comfort and safety

DESIGN: THE ROLL-OUT OF RENAULT'S NEW IDENTITY CONTINUES

Five questions to Laurens van den Acker – after the creation of four concept cars, Renault's design strategy is now rolling out for real on production cars.

INNOVATION FOR ALL: QUITE SIMPLY REVOLUTIONARY, WITH ZOE AT THE CUTTINGEDGE IN TERMS OF ELECTRIC POWER

ZOE MARKS A NEW ERA OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR ALL

ZOE is Renault's solution to Zero Emission mobility for all. In addition to being a first class choice for everyday use and readily affordable (from just £13,650 in the UK after the deduction of the Plug-in Car Grant) ZOE is the first pure-electric car to be designed from the ground up as such. ZOE is packed with the latest technology and boasts no fewer than six world premieres geared to enhancing user-friendliness, range and connectivity.

For the first time, the conditions necessary for the widespread roll-out of electric vehicles are well and truly in place.

Unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Renault ZOE will go on sale this autumn. Its launch marks the beginning of a new era: an era of electric vehicles for all.

ZOE's world premiere features

The first mass-market electric vehicle with a price from just £13,650.
The first mass-market electric vehicle with a range of more than 130 miles (NEDC[2]).
The first vehicle to be equipped as standard with 'Range OptimiZEr, a system designed to improve real-world range under all driving conditions. For example, in suburban use the owner will achieve between 62 and 93 miles.
The first electric vehicle capable of being charged at any level of power – in between 30 minutes and nine hours – thanks to the Chameleon charger.
The first electric vehicle to enable the massive roll-out of fast-charging stations, which are easier and up to four times cheaper for local governments.
The first Renault vehicle to be presented with Renault R-Link, a multimedia system featuring a seven-inch touch screen tablet, navigation and connected services.

Style imbued with purity and emotion

ZOE's final design is being world premiered at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Designed as a pure-electric car from the ground up, ZOE 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 Twingo and Twizy, ZOE features the Renault brand's new design identity.

Exterior styling

"We wanted ZOE's design to embody both a sense of breakthrough technology and core automotive styling cues. The car's eco-friendly dimension is expressed in its pure lines which appear to flow along the bodywork. Its contemporary proportions combined with sculpted volumes make ZOE a reassuring and captivating car." Agneta Dahlgren-Hermine (ZOE Design Project Manager)

Interior design

"ZOE's interior design reflects its modern, 'eco' character, with a bright colour scheme evocative of purity, plus the latest interactive technology in the form of the Renault R-Link tablet. The dashboard moulding has been designed to resemble the blade of a wind turbine." Dominique Marzolf (Interior Designer)

Electric mobility for all, from just £13,650

Today, for the first time, it is possible to buy an electric vehicle at a price comparable to that of a diesel-engined city car in markets where tax incentives are available. For example:

In the UK (Government Plug-in Car Grant subsidy is available for up to 25% of the car's purchase price up to a maximum of £5,000), prices for ZOE after the grant deduction will start from just £13,650
In France, tax-paid prices start from €15,750 (with tax incentive of €5,000 deducted)

Even in countries where tax incentives are not currently available, prices for ZOE are still particularly attractive. In Switzerland, for example, ZOE's catalogue price is CHF 22,800, which is equivalent to approximately £15,750 at current exchange rates.

In the UK, monthly battery hire costs from £70 (9,000 miles/36 month contract), inclusive of comprehensive breakdown assistance (which covers flat batteries).

As of today, customers can pre-order ZOE in 11 countries at www.Renault-ZE.com. Customers who reserve ZOE will be offered a test drive and will be contacted on a priority basis as soon as the car goes on sale later in 2012.

ZOE, a raft of innovations for a new form of motoring

More than 60 patents have been filed for ZOE's design. Range, interactivity and occupant wellbeing are at the core of its innovations.

ZOE, the first mass-market electric vehicle to be homologated with an NEDC cycle range of 130 miles

In terms of autonomy, Renault has developed the 'Range OptimiZEr', which combines three major innovations (new-generation regenerative braking, a heat pump and MICHELIN EnergyTM E-V tyres). Due to this, the range of ZOE is the highest of the electric vehicles in mass production. In the NEDC cycle, ZOE is homologated with a range of 130 miles. In real conditions, for example, in suburban use, the owner will generally achieve around 60 miles in cold weather and 90 miles in temperate conditions.

New-generation regenerative braking recovers practically all of the energy otherwise wasted during braking, without any significant impact on ZOE's on-road dynamics. The car offers a smooth drive with no jarring electric motor braking. The system works in two ways:

The kinetic energy produced under deceleration and braking is recovered by the motor so that it can be converted into electricity to charge the battery. This feature is also fitted to Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E.
When the driver presses the brake pedal, the system intelligently distributes the braking effort between applying the brake pads and the electric motor brake with a view to maximising the use of the electric motor brake and charging of the battery.

The heat pump provides excellent thermal comfort without detracting from the vehicle's range. This system, which operates in the same way as reverse-cycle air-conditioning, consumes very little electricity. It produces warm or cool air by simply reversing the cycle of operation. The heat pump generates approximately 2kW of cooling or 3kW of heat with just 1kW of electricity. The cabin temperature is also more constant since it is not affected by the heat given off by the motor.

The MICHELIN EnergyTM E-V tyre is a Michelin innovation co-developed with Renault as a world premiere for ZOE. The tyre features enhanced energy efficiency to maximise vehicle range. Its rubber compound, tread design and sidewalls have been engineered to withstand ZOE's high torque and address the specific demands of electric vehicles, yet it still delivers the same safety and handling performance as all other Michelin tyres. Available in 15- and 16-inch versions, this tyre is fitted to all ZOE models as core equipment.

The Chameleon charger revolutionises electric vehicle charging

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. For example, 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 Chameleon charger allows fast-charging at charging stations at quarter of the cost

Fast-charging stations are currently equipped with high-power chargers. Now that the Chameleon charger is fitted to the vehicle, there is no longer any need for chargers at charging stations. New fast-charging stations will be opened which are easier and more cost-effective. They will cost less than £2,700, a quarter of the cost of existing fast-charging stations. Charging stations of this type are being previewed on the Renault stand at the Geneva Motor Show.

Brand-new Renault R-Link multimedia system on ZOE

ZOE is the first Renault vehicle to feature R-Link, Renault's brand-new integrated, connected multimedia system. To enable drivers to control its functions without taking their eyes off the road, R-Link features a large seven-inch display, steering wheel-mounted controls and voice recognition. It also delivers integrated connectivity with motoring services and applications available from the R-Link Store. When released, R-Link Store will offer more than 50 applications adapted for life on the move thanks to an active partnership with application developers. These apps will be downloadable directly inside the car or via owners' My Renault account.

R-Link also includes a host of new functions dedicated to electric driving and range management: tracking of energy consumption, display of energy flows and pre-programming of battery charging. The navigation system offers bespoke services such as a display of the vehicle's operating radius based on the range remaining in the battery, suggestions for the most energy-efficient itineraries and the location of nearby battery charging stations (depending on country), as well as their real-time availability. R-Link also lets drivers view their eco-driving performance and improve their technique with 'eco-scoring' and tips (general and personalised).

Connected services for remote communication and monitoring

ZOE drivers will be able to use their mobile phone or computer to:

access range-related information using the 'My Z.E. Connect' package, available on ZOE from the entry-level version.
monitor their vehicle via the 'My Z.E. Interactive Connect' Pack which includes:
o remote operation (on/off) of battery charging if the vehicle is connected to a charging station.
o remote programming of charging (from a PC only) with the option of taking advantage of preferential rates from electricity suppliers.
o immediate or delayed activation of the cabin pre-cooling/heating system.

Enjoyment, relaxation and wellbeing on board

A relaxing, enjoyable drive

Driving ZOE is a unique experience which gives new meaning to the term 'driving pleasure'. The synchronous electric motor with rotor coil has a power output of 65kW (equivalent to 89hp) and instantly delivers maximum torque of 220Nm. Acceleration and pull-away are responsive from low speeds. Driving is more relaxing thanks to the silent ride and smooth, gearshift-free acceleration.

For stress-free driving in built-up areas, ZOE is fitted with 'Z.E. Voice', an alarm which warns pedestrians that the vehicle is approaching. 'Z.E. Voice' can be heard from 1 to 18 mph and was the subject of special design work to create a bespoke sound identity for ZOE. The driver can choose between three different sounds, while it is possible to turn off the warning system by simply pressing a button.

The perfect temperature inside ZOE's cabin

Programmable pre-conditioning heats or cools ZOE's cabin when the vehicle is charging. There are two benefits for the system. Firstly, when the driver gets into the car the cabin is just the right temperature and secondly, it removes the need to use up battery charge.

The air breathed in by ZOE's occupants is purer

An activated charcoal cabin air filter traps most bad smells and pollutants. It also filters substances just a few microns in size, such as pollen and soot.

The 'Zen' version embodies the world of ZOE

The choice of colours and materials for one of the ZOE versions - 'Zen' - recalls purity and wellbeing: white, blue and chrome, plus a soft-feel dashboard. ZOE Zen is fitted with 'Take Care by Renault' equipment as standard.

Launched initially on Renault's executive saloon, Latitude, the 'Take Care' signature is a guarantee of premium features dedicated to occupant wellbeing and travelling comfort. In addition to the pre-conditioning function and active charcoal cabin filter, it includes:

A relaxing or stimulating scent diffuser. The effectiveness of the scents has been proven by a study conducted by the German institute Psyrecon[3].
A dual-mode purifying and relaxing air ioniser: the purifying function eliminates the bacteria found in the cabin air. The relaxing function generates negative ions to produce a balance with the positive ions, which are present in high concentrations in a confined space such as a car's interior.
A toxicity sensor: this system detects excessive pollution levels and automatically switches on the air recycling mode in the cabin.
Teflon® upholstery protection, for easier cleaning: this invisible, odourless treatment is both waterproof and stain-proof.

ZOE underpins Renault's environmental commitment

Like all electric vehicles, ZOE emits no CO2, NOx, CO or fine particles. It also signals the loss of unpleasant smells and 'engine' noise during road use. Well-to-wheel CO2 emissions depend on the energy-generation mix of each country. 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.

From 2013, ZOE's local content rate will be 55 per cent following the introduction of the Renault electric motor which will be produced at the company's Cléon plant. This high rate helps to reduce the carbon footprint of logistics.

ZOE complies with the very latest criteria required to qualify for the Renault eco² signature:

It is manufactured at Renault's ISO 14001-certified factory at Flins, France.
As required by Renault's eco-friendly hallmark, its CO2 emissions are less than 120g/km.
ZOE is 85 per cent recyclable, while nine per cent of the plastic it contains is sourced from recycling.

ZOE: 'Made in France' electric vehicle excellence

ZOE was designed at the Renault Technocentre, near Paris.
Lardy, a department devoted to electric motors and batteries.
ZOE is manufactured at Renault's Flins factory, where batteries will be made at a later date.
From 2013, the electric motor will be made at the Cléon factory, France.

Technical data

DIMENSIONS
Length (mm) 4,084
Overall width (mm) 1,730
Height (unladen) (mm) 1,568
Wheelbase (mm) 2,588
Boot capacity (litres) 338
Number of seats 5
Front / rear overhang (mm) 836 / 661
Front / rear track (mm) 1,506 / 1,489
MOTOR
Type Synchronous with rotor coil
Power (kW) / (hp) 65 / 88
Maximum torque (Nm) 220
Transmission Reducer gear
BATTERY
Type Lithium-ion
Capacity (kW) 22
Range (NEDC) 130 miles
Top speed (mph) 84
CHARGER
Type Single or three phase supply up to 43kW
Charge time
  • 3kW (16A single phase wall box) = 9 hours
  • 22kW (32A three-phase charging station) = 1 hour
  • 43kW (63A three-phase charging station) = 30 minutes

TWO NEW ENERGY ENGINES

Renault is unveiling two new engines from the Energy line-up at the Geneva Motor Show: the brand-new Energy TCe 90 0.9-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol powerplant and an Energy 1.5 dCi 90 diesel engine derived from the Energy dCi 110 which was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. These two new powerplants bring the total number of engines in the Energy range to eight – all launched within the space of just 16 months.

Energy powerplants: Renault's technological excellence in F1 channelled for mass-market road cars

Renault has secured 10 Constructors' world titles in Formula 1 and is widely recognised as a leading engine supplier, more than capable of taking on the other top engine specialists on the race track. From the two-cylinder 16hp Type K voiturette which won the Paris-Vienna road race in 1902 to Renault's involvement in Formula 1, Renault has demonstrated its constant drive for innovation over the 110 years of its existence by developing reliable, high-performance engines with a twin objective: driving enjoyment and fuel efficiency.

History has been made again with the Energy range of powerplants. Based on new-generation downsizing from Renault's experience in F1, these engines are packed with technologies that have never before been found on units of their size. They offer genuine driving enjoyment and bring down the vehicle's running costs. Vehicles powered by Energy engines boast record low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, with reductions of up to 25 per cent in certain cases.

"F1 provides us with an extraordinary proving ground to test new technologies in extreme conditions. Our 30-year commitment to the sport has enabled us to develop our downsizing expertise, combat friction and ensure reliability. We'll be supplying engines to four F1 teams in 2012 – proof of our excellence on the track – and we'll provide Nissan and Daimler with mass-market engines – proof of our performance on the road," says Carlos Tavares.

The Renault Energy TCe 90 three-cylinder turbo petrol engine: the fuel economy champion

Renault is taking the wraps off its first three-cylinder engine: the Energy TCe 90, a powerplant which is poised to revolutionise the market. Although small in size, it is big on advanced technology.

The product of a brand-new Renault design, this three-cylinder, 899cc turbo petrol engine is all-aluminium. Renault's engine specialists had a clear brief in the development phase: maximise driving enjoyment, while keeping down fuel consumption in every possible way in order to reduce running costs. Featuring a very low inertia turbo (the lowest on the market) combined with Variable Valve Timing (VVT), the Energy TCe 90 boasts the best driving enjoyment/fuel economy equation on the market.

The Energy TCe 90 will be launched in the future Clio and will gradually replace the current 1.2 TCe 100, without sacrificing driving pleasure despite its 25 per cent reduction in cubic capacity.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions slashed by 25 per cent[4]

Renault's engineers took full advantage of the new three-cylinder engine architecture (see box below) to achieve an optimum air-fuel ratio on the Energy TCe 90 unit, even at peak power (from 2,000 to 4,000rpm), in order to bring down fuel consumption in all driving conditions. The result is a 25 per cent reduction in NEDC combined cycle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to the engine it replaces.

90hp and 135Nm, for a cubic capacity of just 899cc

The new engine develops 90hp at 5,000rpm and torque of 135Nm available across a broad rev-band, guaranteeing all the driving enjoyment of a 1.4-litre naturally aspirated engine. With 90 per cent of torque available from 1,650rpm, it delivers smooth response from low engine speeds. Driving is smoother with less frequent gear-changes in built-up areas. Peak torque of the sprightly, free-revving Energy TCe 90 is 5,500rpm.

The expert input of F1 engine specialists

Following the example set by Philippe Coblence, who worked on the Energy dCi 130, Jean-Philippe Mercier was tasked with engineering the new three- and four-cylinder Energy TCe powerplants. Jean-Philippe Mercier worked on Formula 1 engines at Viry-Châtillon for 20 years and managed the design office there from 2004 to 2007. The Energy TCe 90 benefited from his expertise in three key areas.

A comprehensive grasp of 'square' engine architectures.
Reducing friction: the Energy TCe 90 features materials with low friction coefficients which are used in F1, such as Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coated cam followers, graphite-coated piston skirts, and Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating of the piston rings.
Guaranteed reliability: the Energy TCe boasts a specific power output of 100hp/litre – a first for an engine of this size.

And a raft of other technologies...

Stop & Start technology: this system automatically detects the position of each piston for ultrafast start-up. It is combined with deceleration/braking energy recovery. Otherwise wasted energy produced under deceleration/braking is recovered by the alternator.
High tumble effect: optimised flow of the fuel mix inside the combustion chamber for fast, stable combustion.
Thermal management technology: speeds up the rate at which an engine reaches its ideal working temperature by 15 per cent on average.
Other systems which help to reduce friction are the variable displacement oil pump and a Teflon®-coated timing chain.
Also of note is the engine's harmonics-rich signature pitch that recalls the sound made by six-cylinder powerplants.

Class-leading petrol engine efficiency

This performance has been achieved thanks to painstaking development work which has resulted in the market's fastest airflow 'tumble' effect inside the cylinders. Combustion is virtually instantaneous and takes full advantage of the downsizing to three cylinders:

Downsizing: a technique which involves reducing the cubic capacity of an engine in order to reduce fuel consumption, while maintaining performance thanks to turbocharging. The resulting saving in fuel consumption is estimated to be five per cent.
Removing a cylinder: reduces friction by 20 per cent compared with a four-cylinder engine architecture of the same cubic capacity, leading to a four per cent saving in fuel consumption.
Three-cylinder pulse: combined with a longer exhaust phase, the natural air pulsation at the heart of the engine is twice as powerful as that of an equivalent four-cylinder engine. This natural turbocharging means that less demand is made of the turbo which is in turn more efficient, directly benefiting fuel consumption.

Thanks to the Energy dCi 90, Kangoo becomes the most fuel-efficient utility vehicle in its class

The Geneva Motor Show offers Renault the opportunity to reveal the Energy dCi 90 engine. Derived from the Energy dCi 110, it will initially power Kangoo and Kangoo Van. This new engine is perfectly in tune with Renault's Energy powerplant strategy inasmuch as it delivers outstanding fuel efficiency and significantly reduces vehicle running costs without sacrificing driving enjoyment.

Kangoo boasts record low fuel consumption of just 64.2 mpg (NEDC combined cycle) and CO2 emissions of 115g/km[5], down 16 per cent. To further reduce running costs, oil change intervals have been increased to 40,000km or every two years (whichever threshold is reached first).

Equipped with Stop&Start technology, the 1.5 dCi 90hp features a fixed geometry turbocharger. The engine has been transformed with the incorporation of the technological DNA of the Energy dCi 110 unit which powers the latest Mégane and Scénic 2012 ranges. Available from 1,750rpm, torque of 200Nm ensures genuine driving pleasure with crisp acceleration from low revs. The 90hp version will be launched in May, followed in June by an Energy dCi 75 variant delivering 75hp and 180Nm.

Addressing future emissions standards

During the design and validation phases, Renault's engine specialists incorporated criteria into the brand's Energy powerplants to ensure compliance with forthcoming Euro6 emissions legislation. From mid-2012, Renault will launch a Euro6-ready Energy dCi 130 version on markets that offer tax incentives.

An unprecedented roll-out for the Energy range of engines: eight engines introduced in a period of just 16 months

Six diesel engines, plus two petrol engines[6]

Mégane 2012 and Scénic 2012

Engine Type Mégane
Collection
2012
Scénic
Collection
2012
Saving compared
with engine
replaced
Energy dCi 110 Diesel 1.5 Common Rail 90g/km
3.5 litres/100km*
105g/km
4.0 litres/100km*
15%
Energy dCi 130 Diesel 1.6 Common Rail 104g/km
4.0 litres/100km*
114g/km
4.4 litres/100km*
20%
Energy TCe 115 Petrol 1.2 Turbo
Direct injection
119g/km
5.3 litres/100km*
135g/km
5.9 litres/100km*
25%

(*) NEDC combined cycle

Laguna

Engine Type Laguna Saloon/
Coupé
Laguna Estate Saving
compared
with engine replaced
2.0 Energy
dCi 130 and 150
Diesel 2.0 Common Rail 118g/km*
4.4 litres/100km
120g/km
4.5 litres/100km*
12%

(*) NEDC combined cycle

Kangoo

Engine Type Kangoo Kangoo Van Saving
compared with
engine
replaced
Energy
dCi 75 and 90
Diesel 1.5 Common Rail 115g/km*
4.4 litres/100km
115 g/km
4.4 litres/100km*
16%

(*) NEDC combined cycle

Clio IV**

Engine Type Saving compared with engine
to be replaced (TCe 100)
Energy TCe 90 Petrol 0.9 Turbo 25%*


(*) NEDC combined cycle; (**) Estimation based on Clio IV compared with Clio III,


THE ELECTRIC REVOLUTION CONTINUES WITH TWIZY, THE JOKER IN THE EV PACK

The time has come: Twizy is ready to electrify the city! This surprising Unidentified Driving Object will be available throughout the Renault sales network from 15 March 2012. In the UK, it will grace showrooms to the delight of customers and passers-by alike from 13th April. Priced from £6,690 on-the-road, plus monthly battery hire from £45 (3 years/4,500 miles per year), it represents a true revolution in urban and suburban mobility.

CAR OR BIKE? NEITHER... IT'S A NEW CONCEPT OF URBAN MOBILITY

Small is beautiful, and practical...

Twizy's dimensions are barely bigger than those of a three-wheel scooter. Compact, yet nippy thanks to its electric motor, it is much more agile than a conventional car. In the city, it cuts journey times by 25 per cent compared to a compact city car, mostly thanks to time saved looking for a parking space. Twizy is the only four-wheeler that can park at right angles to the pavement. If you stretch your arms out wide, that's roughly the length of the space you need!

...with good handling and safety

It looks like a two-wheeler, yet it offers the safety levels of a car: Twizy is stable thanks to its four wheels, and equipped with features like seat belts and driver airbag... It even offers effective protection from the weather.

100% FUN, 100% ELECTRIC

An electric motor and four versions

Depending on the country and power of its electric motor, Twizy can be driven with or without a driving licence (for Twizy 45, according to national legislation). Customers can choose between an entirely open structure or sides with scissor half doors. Whatever the options, Twizy guarantees a unique driving experience.

Rapid recharging, everywhere

At the front end of Twizy is a flap which conceals the charging cable. The latter simply needs to be connected to any 220V/240V outlet, with a complete charge taking only 3½ hours. With a range of 62 miles, Twizy can be driven all over town and the suburbs. And it takes just a few minutes to charge the battery sufficiently for your drive home.

DEVELOPED BY THE ENGINEERS AT RENAULT SPORT TECHNOLOGIES!

Nimble, easy to drive and smart

With a kerb weight of just 450kg, Twizy is at least half the weight of a normal car. Thanks to its direct steering, it drives like a car, yet it's even more fun. At just 2.34 metres in length and 1.23 metres wide, Twizy is THE breath of fresh air in the city.

Handling by RST

Twizy may be fun... but it's just as efficient as a car. Its chassis was developed by Renault Sport Technologies, which means it is also sure-footed, thanks to optimised engineering coupled with a very low centre of gravity.

Setting new safety standards for a quadricycle

The rules for quadricycles – essentially four-wheel motorbikes – are the not the same as for cars... Little matter, because Twizy still gets the full benefit of Renault's expertise in automotive safety. It's like a huge helmet which protects its occupants.

THERE'S JUST ONE TYPE OF TWIZY: YOURS!

Three models, four body colours... and much more

Twizy comes in three versions: Urban, Colour and Technic. The body shell can be specified in white, black, grey, red or even two-tone. The doors, glove box lids and seat trim can be selected in black, blue, red or green. The same is true for the alloy wheels, which are adapted to the colour scheme. Everybody can choose their own style.

Personalising Twizy

Renault has the answer for those who want to take the customisation of their vehicle that little bit further. The two sets of decals which will be available when Twizy is launched are on display on the Renault stand at the Geneva Motor Show.

Every possible accessory

Hands-free telephony, a 50-litre carrier bag, a leg cover for protection against the elements, a rear parking sensor... Twizy can be adapted to every need and desire, proving that it's perfectly possible to be simple yet well-designed!

RENAULT SHOWCASES ITS ECO-CHAMPIONS

In May 2011, Renault stepped up the criteria with which its vehicles must comply in order to qualify for the Renault eco² signature.
To qualify for the Renault eco² signature, a vehicle must be manufactured in an ISO 14011-certified factory and emit less than 120g / km of CO2 (or run on biofuels), while more than seven per cent of the plastic it contains must be sourced from recycling.
Renault has chosen the International Geneva Motor Show to showcase its three latest 'Renault eco² champion' vehicles.

The Renault range's flagship vehicles when it comes to low CO2 emissions are:

Renault eco² champion vehicles: New Twingo
dCi 75
Mégane 2012
Energy dCi 110
Kangoo
Energy dCi 90
FACTORY
(ISO 14 001-certified)
Novo mesto
(Slovenia)
Palencia
(Spain)
Maubeuge
(France)
DURING ROAD USE
CO2 emissions
85g/km
(from mid-2012)
90g/km 115g/km
RECYCLING
Proportion of plastic sourced from recycling
12.5% 12.2% 11.9%


Renault's policy when it comes to protecting the environment is focused on reducing the ecological footprint of its vehicles at every phase of their lifecycle, from their production and delivery, to their use on the road and to recycling.
Renault is proud to reaffirm that its target is to become Europe's number one manufacturer with regard to low CO2 emissions. The average emissions for the range of vehicles it markets in Europe is (134g/km) feature among the very lowest (ACEA average: 140g/km of CO2). This figure is expected to fall further to 120g/km by 2013, and to less than 100g/km by 2016, thanks to a strategy founded on reducing the fuel consumption of its internal combustion engines and on promoting the use of electric vehicles. Renault is on target to reach the figure of 95 g/km of CO2 stipulated by the European Commission in Brussels for automobile manufacturers by 2020.

MÉGANE 2012 – THE FLAGSHIP FOR RENAULT'S QUALITY MADE CAMPAIGN

With three new engines that combine driving pleasure, fuel economy and reliability giving it ever-increasing appeal, the Mégane 2012 stands out as a flagship for Renault quality. It expresses the state-of-the-art thinking which the Group applies to all its vehicles, from their design through to the sale to the customer.

"Mégane is a powerful ambassador for the quality of Renault vehicles thanks to its outstanding reliability and perceived quality, which have improved with every evolution of the model. Mégane is destined to become the worldwide quality benchmark for all Renault vehicles." Jean-Pierre Vallaude, Senior Vice-President, Quality

Germany's ADAC rates Mégane's reliability as "excellent"

As the Renault brand's best-selling model (after Clio), with sales (excluding Scénic versions) exceeding 235,000 units worldwide in 2011 and 730,000 units since its launch at the end of 2008, Mégane today stands out as one of the most reliable cars in its class. This reliability is recognised in publications such as L'Automobile Magazine and has been confirmed by independent organisations such as Germany's highly respected automobile club, the ADAC, which has placed it at the top end of its ratings. Thanks to Renault's policy of continuous improvement, Mégane III has seen a 40 per cent reduction in first-year reliability-related incidents compared to its predecessor.

A MORE MODERN FRONT-END APPEARANCE: INTEGRITY AND FINISH ARE CORE PRIORITIES

For Mégane Collection 2012, the model's successful styling has been fine-tuned for a fresher look, with the front end now featuring LED daytime running lights for a distinctive new lighting signature. The bumper is finished in gloss black, with chrome highlights, and the range of wheels has been entirely refreshed. All these touches reveal the attention that has been paid to perceived quality, seen as a key priority for Renault. The interior has been further refined with new upholstery, including a two-tone leather/Alcantara pack available in three colour combinations. The Bose version becomes an equipment level in its own right and, finally, the GT and GT-Line models are distinguished by special boomerang-shaped LED lights, upholstery topstitched in red, a sports steering wheel with thumb grips, and Renault Sport monogrammed door treads and dashboard trim strip.

ENGINES: THE MOST ECONOMICAL CAR IN ITS CLASS

As the first car to feature the all-new Energy dCi 110 diesel engine, incorporating Stop&Start technology, Mégane 2012 becomes the most economical model in its segment with a NEDC Combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 80.7 mpg. CO2 emissions drop by 15 per cent to reach the 90g/km mark.

With the range also featuring the petrol-fuelled Energy TCe 115 (119g/km) and the diesel Energy dCi 130 (104g/km), Mégane 2012 is the first model to feature three new Energy engine options, each combining driving pleasure with economy at the pump. Incorporating the latest in downsizing thinking drawn from Renault's experience in F1, these three engines display technology content never before seen on power units at this level of the market; all three are equipped with Stop&Start systems and deceleration/braking energy recovery.

Thanks to their carefully-tuned acoustics, the Energy engines produce a discreet, cushioned sound, with noise levels halved compared with the engines they replace. When it comes to reliability, the Energy dCi 130 and Energy TCe 115 are built around the same quality standards as the 1.9 litre dCi 130 and TCe 130 which, respectively, saw first-year on-the-road technical incidents halved over the space of three years and cut by 40 per cent over two years.

PACKED WITH TECHNOLOGY FOR COMFORT AND SAFETY

More than ever, enhancing everyday safety, making driving easier and maximising comfort on board are seen as priorities for Renault. Mégane 2012 features the Visio System®, which uses a camera built into the rear view mirror mount on the windscreen to enhance night-time vision and ensure driver alertness by automatically switching between dipped and main beam headlamps and by sounding a warning should the vehicle stray out of lane. Nor has comfort been forgotten: a new function maintains brake pressure for a few seconds to assist hill starts, and a rear-view camera is added to the park-assist system.

THE DEPLOYMENT OF Renault's new identity CONTINUES

With four concept cars already having broken cover and New Clio on its way, Renault's design strategy is now rolling out for real on production cars: New Twingo is already on the streets and the Geneva Motor Show marks the unveiling of ZOE. And then there's the totally unique Twizy... In the spotlight is Laurens van den Acker, Director of Industrial Design at Renault.

"As part of the 'Renault – Drive the Change 2016' plan, you launched a design strategy centred on the different stages of the human lifecycle. Could you remind us of the key aspects of this concept?

Given that Renault is a brand which is centred on human values, the company's design strategy is guided by three key words: simplicity, sensuousness and warmth. I therefore naturally wanted our design vision to revolve around the life stages of our customers, with each one illustrated by a concept car. The stages we have covered so far are: falling in love (DeZir), exploring the world (Captur), starting a family (R-Space), the world of work (Frendzy), plus taking time off for leisure and, finally, attaining wisdom.

When do you expect to show the two final concept cars representing the last two stages of this lifecycle?

It is still too soon to say. But it's not only concept cars that make our design strategy visible: the strategy is now also being applied to production cars as we gradually introduce the new across-the-range frontal design identity. We wanted to give New Twingo more personality and it became the first tangible example of our strategy, while ZOE carries on the trend – in anticipation of the unveiling of New Clio.

What distinguishes this new face?

The big, proud, vertically-set Renault diamond is clearly visible, but each vehicle will have its own distinct personality. New Twingo, for instance, is particularly expressive. We've made it warmer and more cheerful, as well as more sensuous and seductive – returning to the spirit of the original Twingo. With New Clio, we will be going even further down this road, since it is inspired entirely by the DeZir concept. This is just the beginning of a long and beautiful adventure for Renault with the new face of a range that I hope will prove attractive to the majority of motorists.

How have you integrated the new face on ZOE, which is the star of this show?

Very well, I believe! The new face is part and parcel of the car's cheeky and charming expression and provides the ideal location for the recharging flap – behind the central Renault logo. The logo itself is finished in blue-tinted chrome – the signature colour of our electric vehicles. ZOE packages all Renault's electric-car expertise into a design that is expressive, confident and contemporary. It brings to mind pure energy, not only through its extremely fluid exterior lines, which project a natural energy, but also through the clear harmony of its light-coloured interior and its dashboard, which is shaped like the blade of a wind turbine.

Twizy is truly something different. How does it fit into the new design strategy?

It was function that dictated Twizy's design. The passenger compartment is a kind of protective cell. You could imagine Twizy as a shell placed on top of a mechanical platform that has the smallest possible footprint on the road. The shape of this shell, as well as the way it fits around the passenger, make for even better visibility in traffic. Having the four wheels set further out than the passenger compartment gives it unique proportions. The round headlights that are part of the new identity convey friendliness, while the broad glass roof and windscreen provide both safety and clarity. They also emphasise the fact that Twizy is open to the world."

Keep a check on the highlights of Renault's presence at the International Geneva Motor Show:

Live via Twitter @renault_live http://twitter.com/renault_live

Daily updates on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/renault

ENDS

This Press release, photos and videos are available to download from www.press.renault.co.uk

[1] UK price – Plug-in Car Grant deducted

[2] New European Driving Cycle

[3] Study conducted in December 2010 among 60 participants. Boasting 25 years' experience, Psyrecom is a German institute specialised in psychophysiological research.

[4] Fuel consumption and emissions based on the latest amendment of EC regulation 692/2008

[5] Fuel consumption and emissions based on the latest amendment of EC regulation 692/2008

[6] Fuel consumption and emissions based on the latest amendment of EC regulation 692/2008


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      • 3 Years Ago
      ¿¿¿Leaf better deal??? "The first mass-market electric vehicle with a range of more than 130 miles NEDC cycle" Nissan Leaf 109 miles NEDC cycle "The heat pump generates approximately 2kW of cooling or 3kW of heat with just 1kW of electricity." Nissan Leaf 3 kW. Charge time (onboard charger) * 3kW (16A single phase wall box) = 9 hours * 22kW (32A three-phase charging station) = 1 hour * 43kW (63A three-phase charging station) = 30 minutes Chamaleon charger cost less than 3.000 €. Nissan CHAdeMO 10.000 €. Lease prices in France: 12.500 km per year, 79 €/month (Renault Fluence ZE 89 €/month) Fluence ZE, 20.000 km 112 €/month (Zoe maybe 102 €/month) 30.000 km 148 €/month (Zoe maybe 138 €/month) Renault Zoe cost in France 15.000 €, Nissan Leaf 30.000 €. Chevrolet Volt 37.000 €. Boot capacity (litres) 338, Nissan Leaf 330 litres.
        marcopolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Fernando " with a range of more than 130 miles" In reality, the Zoe will travel less than 60 miles. ( on a really nice summer day, maybe 70-80).
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @marcopolo
          Have a look again at the cycle ratings. The Zoe is rated at 125 miles on the NEDC. On the same cycle the Leaf is rated at 109 miles.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @marcopolo
          DaveMart: Zoe is rated 210 km NEDC Nissan Leaf 175 km NEDC 1 km = 0,621371192 mile Zoe is rated 130,48 miles NEDC Nissan Leaf 108,74 miles NEDC Marcopolo, i know the real range of Nissan Leaf. Abour Zoe: "The first vehicle to be equipped as standard with 'Range OptimiZEr, a system designed to improve real-world range under all driving conditions. For example, in suburban use the owner will achieve between 62 and 93 miles." "In terms of autonomy, Renault has developed the 'Range OptimiZEr', which combines three major innovations (new-generation regenerative braking, a heat pump and MICHELIN EnergyTM E-V tyres). Due to this, the range of ZOE is the highest of the electric vehicles in mass production. In the NEDC cycle, ZOE is homologated with a range of 130 miles. In real conditions, for example, in suburban use, the owner will generally achieve around 60 miles in cold weather and 90 miles in temperate conditions." http://www.prensa.renault.es/archivos/noticias/599/DPGENEVERENAULTES.doc "Por ejemplo, en un recorrido periurbano con una temperatura exterior de 13 °C, la autonomía real de ZOE alcanza los 140 km (87,5 miles) , 30 km de los cuales se obtienen directamente gracias al Range OptimiZEr."
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @marcopolo
          Hi Fernando. I am also hopeful that at some stage they will offer the 30kwh battery they were talking about as an alternative. A Zoe Gordino with a 30kwh battery would do me nicely, thank you!
        marcopolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fernando Fernando, the Zoe might turn out to be a fantastic little car! But, it also may be significant that Renault feel it desirable to publish a 'real world ' disclaimer stating "in certain traffic conditions, load variations ,cold weather, terrain, or suburban use, Zoe will have a range of between 100km and 150km." No doubt the Government of France ( a Renault shareholder) will support Renault EV's, in France. But the article is about the UK !
      Rick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't see to many folk wanting the Zoe in the UK, my wifes 15 year old Pug oil burner only burns through £32 a months worth of diesel and still returns 50 MPG average and 65 MPG on the highways, its got 221,000 on the clock a still runs as sweets as a nut like new. My wife would like a new car like a Zoe (She could buy a few of these Zoes with cash in her bank account) but whats the point when her bomb proof dead reliable practical Pug diesel still gets her from A to B for £8 a week on diesel. It will pay her to run her diesel into the ground with a million miles on the clock rather than lease batteries for £70 a month, its not even a good looker like the Mini or Fiat 500. I don't think many folk in Europe will want one, we only brought 3 Toyota Prius plug-ins in the first 6 months of 2011 so Renault will sell close to zero in the UK, it might do well in France if the governments can force feed it down the throats of French companies.
      marcopolo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well here it is, the car most ABG readers have been demanding! For only 2/3rds the price of a GM volt or Leaf you can own a small conventionally styled, EV, and hire the battery. The Battery hire rate is based on a 9000/36 months. Now, I might have got this wrong, but it seems to me with a range of around 60 miles in real world conditions, the ZOE has a minimum of 1 hour or so range. This would provide about 1 hours driving per week! ( maybe I'm judging the Zoe too harshly, so say 2 hours, or even 10 hours per month! £7 ($10) an hour, seems very expensive motoring. If a motorist drove to work, each day and with a little extra use during w/ends, night etc. say 8 hours per week. Ok, allowing for the fact that most of these miles would be travelled at an average of 30 miles per hour, that's about 12,500 miles per year, (or the national average.) In the first 9 months of my 36 month battery lease I've used all my miles! Not really surprising since the lease only allows 8 miles per day! Not a lot of motoring trips are less than 4 miles! Considering the national average for UK motorists is nearly 12,000 miles per year, (15,000 US) Something seems to wrong in the state of Renault ! The battery is the most expensive component of an EV, and hiding that behind unrealistic battery lease plans, may fool some people, but not many. The Zoe is quite a nice, efficient, small EV, correctly priced at £22,000 or $30,000 it provides a rival to the iMev. But value for money, the GM Volt/Ampera is a much better buy! Even the Ford focus EV is superior value, and Nissan's Leaf, does everything the Zoe does, but with much better value! The Zoe will find buyers, Renault has always had a following among a certain type of buyer. (Dave Martin can buy only by so many Zoe ! :) .
        S1o
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        in 36 months you have 27000 miles
        S1o
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        It is 9000 miles a year, not 3 years.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        Hmm, re-reading marco's post it is clear that he is utterly confused. If you pay Renault £70pm on a 36 month lease, you will get 18,000 miles for that, £2,520 for the 18,000 miles or £0.14 per mile. For 12,000 miles on the same terms you would pay £103pm, or £0.103 per mile Marco has completely and utterly misunderstood the figures.
          marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @Dave Mart, Yes and No! I have taken the figures in the article at their face value. Actually the article quotes, 9000 36 months. (leaving out the all important "/year".) Unlike the Renault website, which is a little clearer. (though not much). Where is your source for Renault UK, battery leasing terms and conditions? You may be right in assuming that if the amount is exceeded a rental plan similar to the larger car make be available, but on what conditions?
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        That 60 mile range estimate is not indicative of normal use, but is appears to be equivalent to figures Nissan issued of range under difficult conditions of 47 miles, for being trapped in a traffic jam with the heater on full in a very cold climate for several hours. Perhaps a traffic hold up in Winnipeg or Stockholm where you average 10 miles per hour for 6 hours. You seem to be confusing miles and kilometres. The lease of the battery for 36 months at £70pm is for 6,000 miles. If the lease price is the same as for the Fluence then 12,000 miles will cost £103pm. All prices include VAT.
          marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @ Dave Mart [quote] That 60 mile range estimate is not indicative of normal use, but is appears to be equivalent to figures Nissan issued of range under difficult conditions of 47 miles, for being trapped in a traffic jam with the heater on full in a very cold climate for several hours.[/quote] Dave, you may very well be right, however, the press release clearly states: "[Quote] "For example, in suburban use the owner will achieve between 62 and 93 miles" .[quote] At a glance the estimates also do not include load variations not gradients. now London and Paris are pretty flat cities but many cities have hills and these alter EV performance dramatically. I am simply quoting from the article ! It gets even more confusing in Metric! Renault claims, the Zoe to possess a homologated NEDC range of 210km! How ever real-world figures are not likely to any where near as impressive. Renault's disclaimer states that in certain traffic conditions, load variations ,cold weather, terrain, or suburban use, Zoe will have a range of between 100km and 150km. I am very experienced with the variations of EV range in different traffic situations, as unlike most readers, I have been driving EV's for some years. The article seems confused. Is it, 9000/36 months, or 6000/36 months, and does that 6000 extend over the period of the lease, or ,(as some hope) a annual figure? n Since the average UK motorist travels 12,000 miles p.a. the annual cost of £1500 for battery and electricity, for a small hatchback, seems very excessive. A comparable hybrid, would cost less to run, and provide greater range and no need to buy a battery! The Zoe's only advantage is being exempt from the central London congestion tax, but then anyone travelling to central London regularly, should be able to afford a Volt/Ampera. I look forward to you explaining where I've misread Renault's information? Renault battery pricing has risen. The average life of a battery pack of this size to Renault would be £ 5-6000. The battery should be good for 10 years, or £ 5- 600 per year, Renault seems to be charging me double for the battery each year (100% interest) Sorry Dave, i must have got it wrong, remind me again of how Renault's doing me a good deal?
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Here is the maintenance schedule for the Leaf: http://nissan-leaf.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/773326-2011-Nissan-Leaf-SMG.pdf Assuming similar maintenance for the Zoe, and it should be noted that most places in Europe south of Norway would be the lighter maintenance schedule for moderate climates, then out to 100,000 miles apart from rotating the tires and checking the long-lasting regenerative brakes and the windscreen wipers nothing much is happening. So against a conventional car not only are you saving hundreds a year on fuel vs battery depreciation plus electricity, but likely hundreds on maintenance. It is absolutely clear that this is more economic than a petrol car. For the Volt although it has significant additional capabilities to the Zoe AFAIK the maintenance will certainly be no cheaper than in a conventional car.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @JakeY: Much of the information for Renault is of course originally written in French, and so has another level of misunderstanding possible. I however and most other people had no difficulty at all in working out what was meant. Not only is the correct information available from multiple sources, but it the figures you get from the ludicrous assumption that what is meant is 9,000 miles in total for 36 months are plainly ridiculous. Perhaps it is my accounting experience, but if you get odd results that don't pass the smell test, the first thing you should do is to check for errors, not assume that Renault are silly enough to price at utterly uncompetitive levels. I am not really concerned with attributing blame in any case, simply in pointing out that the real costs of the Zoe are very competitive, and that you get 1,000 miles/month for your £103 providing that you take out a 36 month lease, assuming the same lease prices as the Fluence, and that any other interpretation of cost is entirely in error.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Marco: If my level of understanding were as poor as you have shown, when the approximate level of battery hire costs by Renault has been available for months, and the application of any intelligence at all would have indicated that the interpretation of the lease costs was absurd, I would be apologising not whining about poor press releases. In any case, the real issue is not to degree to which you have made a fool of yourself, or whether Renault press releases have been poor, but the cost of the car, and it is perfectly plain that it is far, far lower then the ridiculous figures you managed to come up with.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @Marco: BTW, taking your estimate of £1500 for battery leasing plus electricity for 12,000 miles, that compares with a conventional Clio sized car getting maybe 8 miles/litre in city traffic, or £2,100 at £1.40 litre. Compared to the Volt a more expensive car depreciates more, not counting the extra depreciation the Volt would have on the battery compared to the leased Zoe. For depreciation alone over 3-4 years you are going to pay something approaching the total purchase price of the Zoe. Of course, you would have paid an extra £3,708 for the Zoe battery lease, but even so there is no comparison in the economics for the Volt and the Zoe, with the Zoe being hugely cheaper. Of course the Volt has significant capabilities the Zoe does not have, chiefly unlimited range.
          JakeY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @DaveMart My comment was mainly to electronx16. But anyways, even the website is inconsistent with this press release (is it 9000 miles or 6000 miles per year?). And I'm not sure it would seem obvious to most people that "monthly battery hire costs from £70 (9,000 miles/36 month contract)" indicates 9000 miles per year / 36 months, esp. to people who haven't leased a car before. All references I see to lease terms (just by quick browsing on the internet) clearly state the "per year" in reference to the miles. And given the press release is a primary source, I personally wouldn't have bothered searching for it on the Renault website if this dispute wasn't brought up. But anyways, I do agree the 6000 mile/year number is most likely correct given the information on the website and the terms of the lease for the Fluence Z.E.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          I was probably being a bit harsh. Since I did accountancy for many years I can spot a rogue figure instantly, so I would not entertain the errant reading for a moment, and in fact found it difficult to credit how anyone could have thought otherwise. Figures normally only look daft if there is an error in there somewhere. I am also familiar with the leasing information on the Renault UK lease site for the Kangoo ZE, where it is abundantly clear how the leases work. I have linked the relevant pdf above. Anyway, the real subject is how economically Renault are selling electric cars, not how good their flacks are at issuing accurate English language press releases. As for ABG, anything written here I simply take as a jumping off point for sorting out what is happening, and expect errors. The good news is that after maintenance is taken into account for mileages of 9-12k a year the Zoe is unquestionably cheaper than a comparable conventional car, if the range restrictions work for you. Details of the maintenance contract for the Renault Kangoo ZE at 80% of the cost of the equivalent diesel contract are available on the Renault UK website. BTW, at 80% Renault are coining money. Maintenance costs will not be as much as that.
          marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @dave mart The errors are not mine exactly, I am only quoting from the article. It's hardly my fault if the article contains misleading information!
          JakeY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @electronx16 I think you should perhaps read the article and press release first before trashing marcopolo's comment. It says right in the article: "Of course, the reason for these low prices is hidden in the details of the battery lease, which, in the UK at least, costs £70 ($110) a month for a 9,000-mile/36-month contract." Press release: "In the UK, monthly battery hire costs from £70 (9,000 miles/36 month contract), inclusive of comprehensive breakdown assistance (which covers flat batteries)." If that is wrong, then it's the article/press release that is wrong/misleading, and not his fault. And in no way is "it's per year obviously". Lease contracts would spell out "per year" after the miles. The way it is written (9,000-mile/36-month) indicates it is per (/) 36 months. At the very least, swapping the year and miles would make it clear. For example, for the Twizy, it says the following in the press release: "Priced from £6,690 on-the-road, plus monthly battery hire from £45 (3 years/4,500 miles per year)" Another example, the Renault website indicates for the ZOE: £70 inc. VAT*/month** (36 months, 6,000 miles/year) http://www.renault-ze.com/en-gb/z.e.-range/zoe/renault-zoe-life-1944.html Here are the prices for the Fluence: http://www.renault.co.uk/cars/model/fluence-ze/zebattery.aspx
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Hi electonx16. To expand a little on my remarks on the performance of the Zoe in very cold conditions, it is clear that Nissan/Renault put out very conservative figures to avoid disappointment. If as it seems the 47 miles given for the Leaf is the equivalent figure to the Zoe's 60 miles then it manages around a 30% improvement on the Leaf. The reason for this is plain, as the heat pump is only using 1kwh of power for every 3 the Leaf has to put out. On battery leasing vs purchasing in my view it makes no sense at all to buy a battery at this stage when you can lease, not with batteries going down in price by around 8% pa and power increasing. Why would you want to own a battery with 5 years use out of it, when if you had leased it you will likely be able to buy a new one at around 50% of the price you would have paid, or even better for some, likely increase the range by the same amount? A Zoe with new batteries fitted in 2017 will likely, conservatively, get a toothsome 130 miles of range by EPA ratings.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          The press release for the Leaf also stated their range as between 47-138 miles depending on conditions, If you want to compare figures, and avoid too optimistic/pessimistic quotes, then you have to look for comparable figures. In the case of the Zoe the NEDC range of 130 miles compares to 109 miles on the same testing cycle as the Leaf, 20% better. I have already given references to the pdfs. I am not going to get into detailed costing discussions with you until you have had another, far more thorough, look at the figures, as the errors you have made are egregious as I have detailed elsewhere. Any worthwhile discussion would be dependent on your first looking at the major respects where you have utterly misunderstood the costings.
          marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @Electronix16 Nonsense? Then you will be able to quote from the official Renault Zoe, leasing terms and conditions? No? I didn't think so, because such terms don't yet exist !
          marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @ Dave Mart Let me see if I understand you correctly, it's the readers fault if Renault, publish incorrect information in the UK because they can't correctly translate from French to English? ! We are talking about Renault, not some small and very new Chinese company. if we can't trust the official Renault press releases due to "translation errors", who says the technical information is accurate?
          electronx16
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          You are right DaveMart, marcopolo's comment is so full of nonsense one wouldn't even know where to start debunking this crap, ranging from confusion about the mileage limit (it's per year obviously, not over 3 years duh, and yes it can be expanded substantially at little extra cost)value comparisons apparently based comparison of incomparable prices in different markets(VAT!), worst case range estimates that are not applied to rivals. Clearly renting the battery for a reasonable price and getting a brand new one every 1-7 years depending on the contract one chooses could be a reassuring thought for those worried about loosing range when the battery wears out and uncertain replacement cost.This is probably the best deal on the market so far especially for those with"battery anxiety" and for those who would take car finance to pay for the extra cost of the battery. ~$100/month for battery lease may sound substantial, but buying the car battery included just hides these costs, doesn't lessen them!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        "But value for money, the GM Volt/Ampera is a much better buy! Even the Ford focus EV is superior value, and Nissan's Leaf, does everything the Zoe does, but with much better value! " GM Volt/Ampera is very vey expensive, with VAT and subsidy, 42.000 €, Zoe 20.000 €. You can buy a Zoe and a Prius with Volt price. Ineficient engine, 7 litres/100 km. That is a joke in Europe compared with dci, tdi ,hdi, cdi, jtd engines. No interior space for that price: 4 places, boot capacity 310 L, Renault Zoe 5 places, 338 L. Wheelbase Volt 2685 mm, Zoe 2588 mm. I think you have not read anything. The heating of Leaf spent 4000 W, Zoe 1000 W. The boot capacity of Focus is ridiculous and is more expensive than Leaf.
          marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Fernando Once again, you are confusing France with UK ! by taking the figures from two different countries to suit yourself, you get a very distorted picture.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reserved.
      marcopolo
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Dave Mart I appreciate your passion for Renault products. But, as an accountant, you display an extraordinary degree of bias. You excuse Renault misinformation, because of Renault's inaccurate English translation, but accept favourable information without challenge from the same source ! Perhaps I am being too cynical, when I wish to examine the fine print ! Disclaimers are often placed for purely legal reasons, and only cover extraordinary conditions. However, disclaimers can also be accurate estimates, used to weasel out of extravagant advertising claims ! "I get enthusiastic about alternatives when the figures work out". But do they? If you want to praise the Zoe on the basis that it's a creditable EV, I have no dispute with that. However, trying to justify Zoe on purely economic grounds is very difficult, requiring a raft of assumtions that I am surprised an accountant would countenance. 1) The Toyota Yaris hybrid uses 3.5 litres of fuel every 100 km. = UK pump price 134p = £ 562 . The Zoe's battery lease costs £ 1236 + electricity. This cost is only with a long term contract. (36 months or more) If the lease contact is only 12 months, the cost would jump to nearly £1500 + electricity. (It would be fair to say that the cost of electricity would cover any increases in Fuel costs.) 2) Service and running costs of a modern Toyota are minimal in the first year. 3 Price difference. The Zoe a well appointed small car and with full trim package is up to £ 4000 cheaper than the Toyota. However the Hybrid doesn't need charging facilities to be installed, garage, and unlimited range. 4) Each year of the Zoe's life, the expense grows greater. While the hybrid can be sold with ease, only a Renault dealer will buy a used Zoe. Renault may transfer the battery lease to approved buyers, but it makes for a complicated sales scenario. 5) Hypothetical scenario's about aftermarket battery sales, cheaper batteries suitable for Renault Zoe's, etc are pure speculation and should not be a factor in an accountants calculations ! 6) Renault's government backers claim the Zoe's battery pack can be produced at £4200. These batteries are expected to last about 10 years or 120,000 miles. (to 70-80%). These batteries will earn Renault £12030 over their lifetime. The idea that if a better battery comes out, Renault will retro-fit (free of charge), a new technology battery, is a fantasy. 7) The battery leasing is simply a sales gimmick, and should be approached with extreme caution. It's naive to imagine that the consumer, not Renault, ends up with the better deal. "I get enthusiastic about alternatives when the figures work out". David, so do I, but in the case of the Renault Zoe EV, the figures only work out if you see the EV qualities of the Zoe, through passion, in that case, the economics don't matter!
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        marco, if you want to see blind passion in action, you have only to look at your numerous posts defending any US car manufacturer and sledging Indian, French and so on. You also drag in any comparison that you fancy, having the result of confusing the issue. There is no need to go on about Toyota Yaris making comparisons difficult with different price levels and so on. You are once again quoting a combined fuel cycle not an urban one, and for a non-automatic car. We have a best selling car in the same category which is certainly directly comparable- the various Clios. You don't seem to know how leasing works. It is not a case of some complex retrofit of a different battery. After your lease for 3-4 years is up, you can simply have the battery whipped out - the Zoe is Better Place compatible, so that will be a two minute job at a Renault garage. You could then either order a new leased battery from the ones Renault have available at that stage, or have one fitted by another company to buy. Please reference your claim that 'Renault's government backers claim the Zoe's battery pack can be produced at £4200.' Precise references please. AFAIK all Renault have done it offer the batteries for lease, and have not given any information on cost, although to be sure a fair idea of cost may be gleaned from the lease price. Your entirely prejudiced attitude can be judged by your comment: 'The battery leasing is simply a sales gimmick, and should be approached with extreme caution. It's naive to imagine that the consumer, not Renault, ends up with the better deal. ' So providing financing solutions which make a product affordable at point of sale is a 'gimmick'? And it is a terrible idea to lease a product which is rapidly dropping in price and improving in performance? The completely silly things you have had to say are the result of your confirmation bias. You did not fancy the Renault's and fell in love with the Volt, so ended up with the silliest interpretations imaginable.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          To clarify I have not made comparisons with every new car/hybrid just entering the market, but with current small cars in general use as that is likely to be what is being replaced, and that is what we have good data on URBAN AUTOMATIC mileage for. No doubt some of the new hybrids will provide excellent economy.
          marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @David Mart Just to correct a few erroneous assumptions of yours. I) I do not 'sledge' every French car maker! Mostly, I am a big fan of Peugeot ! (I also own a classic Citroen SM, I used to own a 1949 Delahaye Convertible ).I am delighted to see French EV maker Goupil, merge with a financially strong and progressive US Company. As for Indian car makers, the Indians build cars for India. Mostly, not up to the standards expected by western safety requirements. But so what? 2) I choose the Toyota Yaris hybrid as an example, because it is a new model, therefore a direct rival for the Zoe! The Yaris is fitted with Toyota's e-CVT AUTOMATIC gearbox. It's hardly the Yaris's fault that it lacks range issues! At 12000 miles p.a., the Zoe will need to travel outside a commuter zone! I made no issue of that drawback, in order to give the Zoe a fair comparison. Your proposition that the only other car a buyer would think about buying instead of a Zoe, is it's ICE stablemate is a little desperate! 3) You missed the context of my Battery replacement reference. I was not suggesting that it's complicated to replace the Zoe's battery with the same existing type. I was doubting your proposition that any future newly developed battery technology, could easily be retro-fitted. 4) The figure of £4200, was raised during the French government debates over the battery plant construction. I will try to find the reference. (I was surprised, as I have always estimated the battery cost to be £5-600 ) 6) I'm not biased to assume that Renault battery leasing plan, must be beneficial to Renault! Renault are automakers, Renault need to make profits. The battery leasing concept is a very dubious investment for a private buyer. Anyone thinking about battery leasing should think long and hard. 7) The same criticism you level at me could be levelled at yourself. you are so enamoured of the Zoe that you can't accept any potential downsides. But who cares, if you like the Zoe, then it's right for you! Drive it in good health! It's certainly a technically exciting small EV. But, like every EV, it has it's limitations.
      marcopolo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am not alone in the confusion created by the misleading information contained within this article regarding both the range of the Renault Zoe. Nearly every media revue seems to have a different version. On the subject of the Zoe's range, while as Dave Mart points out the low range estimates seem to apply only in exceptional circumstances, that's not exactly what the Renault, disclaimer says ! Dave Mart's super-enthusiastic endorsement for the Zoe may be quite correct. The Zoe's performance may prove to exceed the cautious disclaimer. However, buyers may find, "in certain traffic conditions, load variations ,cold weather, terrain, or suburban use, Zoe will have a range of between 100km and 150km, may prove accurate ! Only experience will determine what the real world range can be reliably expected. Searching the web, I can find no detailed information about the terms of Renault's lease plan in the UK. It would appear that the information in the article is erroneous and as Dave Mart points out, the Renault UK official website states the term is from, £ 70 per month, 36 months 6000/year , what happens if the 6000 is exceeded, is not clear. The terms and conditions for such an eventuality are not published. (Or, I just can't find the details) Only perusal of a copy of a lease contract, containing the full terms and conditions, would fully explain. Currently, the price of gasoline in the UK, is approx 134 p per litre ( £1.34) or £5 per US gallon. The average UK motorist travels 12000, miles per annum. If a UK motorist bought a small hybrid, (or chevy spark) he could expect 4-6 litres/100 klm, or 50-60 US mpg. At the lower estimate of 50 mpg, (not a plug-in prius), the UK motorist would spend £ 600 per annum on gasoline to travel 6000 miles. In comparison, the Zoe would have cost the UK motorist £ 840 in battery hire alone to travel the same distance ! I have no idea how much in Electric, but to round it out say, £ 160 = £ 1000 On the one hand, the UK motorist would pay a little more for the car, but then he would own the battery! I'm not saying the Renault Zoe, won't turn out to be an excellent little EV. But, the battery plan seems to be confusing, and most of the people singing the battery plans praises, have not read the plan, nor do they fully understand it. I'm delighted to see the Conservative UK government supporting EV's with such a generous rebate plan. It's just a shame the previous government didn't implement the incentives while the UK still had UK owned EV manufacturers.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        I get enthusiastic about alternatives when the figures work out. We don't yet have details of the precise lease terms on the Zoe battery, as the car is not released yet. We do though on the Renault Kangoo ZE battery lease, which differs chiefly from that of the Zoe in that it includes VAT: http://www.renault.co.uk/resources/PDF/brochures/ze_pg.pdf Note the 36 month terms at £60 pm, which comes to £72 if VAT were charged. On the same basis they are charging £74 pm for 12,000 miles, which would come to £89 pm. Excess miles are at 4p per mile. Somewhere on the Renault UK website I spotted that they are charging £103pm for 12,000 miles including VAT. I can't be bothered to track it down, but have simply based my figures on the higher figure. You are using combined mileages to get the figures you do. For the Chevy Spark the urban mileage, which is what we are interested in, is given as 42.8mpg: http://www.fuelmileage.co.uk/list-manufacturers/CHEVROLET/Spark/1.0-5-Door-Hatchback-Manual%285MT%29 However that is for the manual, which will in no way offer the comfort and convenience of the Zoe. For a small automatic car with automatic you will be lucky to see 30mpg, so I used 8miles/litre for comparison. Fuel costs for 12,000 miles on that basis come to around £2,100 as I said, For the Zoe your previous estimate of £1,500 including electricity is good. Off peak you pay around 8p per kilowatt hour, and are likely to use around 3,000 kwh for 12,000 miles in the Zoe, total £240. If Renault decide to do their battery lease at the rate of the Kangoo plus VAT that would be around £1,300, but I used the higher figure of £103 pm. Just as a final point, you seem to be entertaining the entirely ill-founded notion that the Volt/Ampera will work out cheaper. I don't personally normally compare cars with very different uses and specifications, for a start you can obviously do long journeys in the Volt and can't in the Zoe, but FWIW the Zoe is massively cheaper even allowing for battery leasing. To counter that you have depreciation anyway in the Volt, but in any case the depreciation in a far more expensive car is always much higher. On a 3 year lease you will be paying around £2,000 pa more for the Volt/Ampera than the Zoe, using very favourable assumptions for the GM car. I can provide more detailed costings if you wish, but as I said I do not usually compare things which are not really comparable.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        I have a copy of a lease contract of Fluence ZE. Form Tesla forum: dpeilow (administrator) "Great photos Kevin. We were forbidden from lifting the bonnet, you may have an exclusive there! Today I spoke with a more knowledgable girl from Renault who said that the Euro 80 / month lease is targetting 12k km pa, whereas 20k km will likely be Euro 20 / month more. They will send more details later in the year. " So Zoe 20k km = £ 83 x 12 = 996 £996 + £200 = £1186 per year, 20 k km Toyota Auris HSD, 5,34 L/100 km in spritmonitor (134 vehicles) 5,34 x 1,34 x 200 ----> £1430 per year, 20 k km And £ 83 for all lease contract (72 months). How much cost oil in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018....??
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        Here are the lease rates for the Fluence ZE battery in the UK: http://www.renault.co.uk/cars/model/fluence-ze/zebattery.aspx The £103 pm for 36 mo at !2,000 a year is the figure I used.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        marco, it becomes particularly nasty if you expend the cost to 20 years where it approaches 50k$ for the car. and that's at a relatively modest 10000km per year it's too greedy. much
          S1o
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          Costs of batteries will drop significantly in the future, they will also become more efficient.. It is not very realistic to calculate a 20 year use at this point and come to a conclusion.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          extend*
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        Regarding cold weather performance the batteries and AFAIK their cooling system is identical to those in the Leaf. With many thousands of Leafs having been sold I haven't heard many complaints from actual owners of unacceptable performance in the cold. However sales in colder regions and the cold weather pack have only just got started, and we will not have really definitive results until the end of next winter, by which time there will be plenty of cold weather data actually on the Zoe, Kangoo et al too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm, is that really that inexpensive? What makes the power train (ex battery) more expensive than a gasoline equivalent?
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        The power train is inherently less expensive with a much smaller parts count than a combustion engine car, or a hybrid. Costs are high at the moment because the parts for electric vehicles are produced at low volume. Renault/Nissan and Mitsubishi are forcing the pace and taking advantage of the current subsidies to rapidly increase production and get costs down. Everyone else is pricing higher in view of the fact that the parts are still relatively expensive. Here are the differences between a combustion engine car and a BEV: in an BEV, these six parts: -electric motor and controller -batteries and charger -throttle potentiometer and shunt replace these 86 parts of a gasoline-powered vehicle: -engine block -crankshaft -bearings -rods -pistons -rings -cylinder heads -valves -seals -lifters -cams -more bearings -oil pump and lines -oil & filter -sprockets -timing belt and tensioner -gas tank and level sensor -fuel pump and wiring and filters (2) -charcoal canister -front to back metal fuel lines (3) -rubber fuel lines -carburetor or fuel injectors -air filter -cold start valve -sensors like AFM, MAF, TPS -water pump -coolant -radiator and two hoses -fan and wiring -thermostat temperature sensor -alternator -crank sensor -distributor -spark plugs (4-8) and wires (4-8) , -starter motor & wire -flywheel -clutch parts (4), -transmission & fluid and filter -driveshaft and universal joints or CV joints (2) -exhaust pipes (3) -muffler & resonator -catalytic converter and emission testing! http://www.electricauto.me/Learning.html In addition as general control systems are put in place in electric cars, the present expensive individual ICs will vanish.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          I should have added that later designs will probably use at least two electric motors at the front wheels, either in the wheels or just inboard, and so do away with most of the parts in the front differential and the steering.
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here are the efficiency calculations for the Zoe. Figures taken from here: http://media.renault.com/download/media/specialfile/31862_1_5.aspx Note that there has been a typo elsewhere in the figures, where the NEDC range was given at 201km. It is actually 210km it appears. Calculations I make here are based on this figure, 35km greater than the Leaf on an equivalent cycle. The Zoe gets 20% more range than the Leaf due to its use of a heat pump, regenerative braking, better tires and presumably lighter weight. However it does this using a 22kwh battery instead of a 24kwh one, so the actual efficiency is up by a remarkable 30%, near enough. The EPA rating on the Leaf gives 2.94miles/kwh. For the Zoe it looks to be about 3.5miles/kwh. Leaf drivers tell us that the ratings are very conservative, and that in practise they get over 4 miles/kwh. I would expect Zoe drivers to get around 5 miles/kwh.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        I'd speculate on the following for the Zoe mark II: We already know that Renault are keen on introducing inductive charging in the next model. The powerful on-board charging system in the present Zoe will make that a lot easier, as only a receiver will be needed in addition to what they have at present. Perhaps another third in battery capacity might be expected too, putting the range up to around 300 km other things being equal. However a logical next step for Renault would be lightweighting, as it costs billions in research and development and they have up to now been prioritising batteries and electric components, but should now be able to pay more attention and cash on other areas. Two electric motors for the front wheels, in the wheels or just inboard, would greatly reduce the complexity and weight of the steering mechanism, and we are working towards a ring circuit for electrics, which again would reduce weight. Perhaps something on the lines of the Toyota FT-Bh might be expected, although i would hope that they could attain good insulation perhaps through the use of aerogel rather than the very bulky insulation they have used in the Toyota. I reckon that they might improve the mileage by around 25% by these means, so we would have an electric car with a 30kwh or so battery good for 400km or 250 miles. Even at motorway speeds it should be good for 150 miles, so except for road warriors it is difficult to see who would need an ICE car. Low maintenance means IMO that this will be a better option for most than RE's.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        ERA range calculated by adjusting by the same amount as the Leaf figures differ from NEDC@ Leaf 73 miles Zoe 87 miles.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        over 200km range is pretty nice and goes to show how important weight and aero is. and this is far from the best it could be. just less bad than the Leaf. and to put this stage in perspective, 22kWh at the hinted 200$/kWh LGchem cell level price is 4400$, say 5000 if efficienctly packaged. or 6 with profits. on top of a 10k$ car that's 16k. seems pretty workable and 200km range.. if only they really committed
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Video of the interior of the Zoe Zen here (£14,650): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeaibHsKzhA Beautiful, IMO. The interior is teflon coated to keep it looking nice. Hopefully they will offer the moonroof with solar trickle charging shown in the concept cars as an option for maybe £1,000 or so - straight moonroofs tend to be around £600 for a small car, I haven't got a clue how much the solar would add. Never getting a flat battery when parked at an airport is nice to have.
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      $110 a month? Yeah, the batteries you buy for an electric car probably depreciate at that amount. But, I just don't want to think about that. I haven't even spent $110 for gas this year.
        Dave D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        "I haven't even spent $110 for gas this year." Dude, you are NOT a typical consumer.
          Ele Truk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dave D
          Yea, that's like one tank full for an Escalade (or F-250).
          Ryan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dave D
          That's right, I am rational and conserve my fuel. More people should be like me.
      Kei Jidosha
      • 3 Years Ago
      The real news; "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". Who needs CHAdeMO DC Quick chargers.
        Ele Truk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kei Jidosha
        Great, all we need is a new competing charger standard. Although this is based on the European 3 Phase AC design, which I think is included the the draft international charging standard, I do beleive it still requires a different plug. Oh well, gas stations have different pumps for different fuels, why not EVs?
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      The new charger is the other important bit in this. My understanding of the engineering issues is poor, but from what I gather Renault have achieved the remarkable feat of not only upping the capacity for the on-board charger up to 43kw, and also provided an intermediate rate of 22kw which is easier on the battery and so can be economically used more frequently than very fast charging, but has shifted the expensive electronics on-board so greatly reducing infrastructure costs. This is nearly unbelievable at the low cost of the Zoe. It seems to leave us with a nasty mare's nest of standards though. Lets hope that at least their partner, Nissan, rapidly adopt this, although the two divisions seem to compete as much as cooperate.
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