Updated Renault Zoe will be able to go 150 miles on a charge
Zoe's Motor Is Smaller, Charging System Is Faster
The Zoe, which first went on sale in Europe in late 2012, will get a new motor that will allow the car to travel as far as 240 kilometers (149 miles) between full charges. Renault credits its new R240 motor for boosting its single-charge range by about 18 miles. The R240 is a little bit smaller and lighter than the previous incarnation, but still delivers about 87 horsepower. This all reminds us that Renault said way back in 2010 that it would have an electric-vehicle with a single-charge range of 150 miles by - wait for it - 2015. Hm, right on time, it looks like.
Better still are details about the new Renault Cameleon charging system, which adds about one kilometer of distance per minute of charging. That's about 10 percent faster than before, and useful, given Europe's approximately 20,000 fast-charging stations that are available to the public.
Renault said last January that it sold 10,000 Zoe vehicles in 2013, its first full year of sales. That's just one-fifth of Renault's initial sales target. Check out Renault's link here for more.
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