The new Renault Zoe with 250 mile range, according to the NEDC cycle, is now on sale in the UK.
A new top-of-the-range Signature Nav trim level has been added to the Zoe line-up for the 2017 model year which goes on sale today, and will arrive in UK showrooms from January 2017.
In real-world driving, Renault estimates the Zoe fitted with the new ZE40 battery has a real-world range of between 186 miles in temperate conditions and 124 miles in extreme cold conditions.
Zoe is now offered with a choice of two batteries – the new ZE40 battery and the existing 22kW battery.
Developed in partnership with LG Chem, the battery uses high-energy density lithium-ion technology. Renault and LG engineers have succeeded in increasing storage capacity without making the battery any bigger or a lot heavier.
The entry level Expression version comes with the 22kW battery whilst Dynamique Nav and above are offered with the new ZE40 battery.
The time required to charge the ZE 40 battery is similar to that necessary for the standard battery.
For example, 30 minutes is required on average to charge the battery for an extra 50 miles (80km) of driving range when plugged into one of the many public charging points in operation in Europe.
The Zoe continues to be available with the Quick Charge function to take full advantage of the maximum capacity of fast charging points located predominantly along motorway corridors.
All Zoe's sold to private customers are supplied with a fully-installed 7kW fast-charging box at no additional cost, that enables convenient charging at home.
The updated Zoe is being expanded to a five-version line-up based on three trim levels familiar to owners of other Renault vehicles – Expression, Dynamique Nav and the new top-of-the-range Signature Nav. Buyers can still choose to purchase with a monthly battery lease agreement or outright with no battery lease agreement.
Zoe will be available in three new colours for 2017 – Mars Red, Titanium Grey and Ytrium Grey (available on Signature Nav only) complementing the Zircon Blue metallic added in 2016. The Renault logo and badging switches from blue to chrome to accommodate this new colour selection. The 16-inch alloy wheel design on Dynamique Nav and above has been changed.
After plug-in grant, the new ZE40 model starts from £17,845 with battery lease, and £23,445 bought in full.