By Stewart Smith on 2016-11-02 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Renault goes further
THE Renault Zoe was Europe's biggest-selling all-electric car in 2015 and the latest version can travel further and has added kit.
With a claimed 250 mile range on a full charge, the new Zoe offers the best range of any mainstream electric vehicle.
In real-world driving, Renault estimates the Zoe fitted with a new Z.E.40 battery has a range of between 186 miles in temperate conditions and 124 miles in extreme cold weather.
The Zoe is now offered with a choice of two power packs - the Z.E.40 battery and the existing 22kW battery which gives the car a maximum range of 150 miles.
The entry level Expression version comes with the 22kW battery whilst Dynamique Nav and above are offered with the new Z.E.40 battery.
The more powerful version comes with an optional quick charge facility that reduces charging times even further.
Both versions have similar performance with a 0 to 60 time of 13.5 seconds and a top speed of 84mph.
All Zoes sold to private customers are supplied with a fully-installed 7kW fast-charging box that enables easy 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.
The Zoe remains available to purchase with a monthly battery lease agreement or can be bought outright with no battery lease agreement.
Top of the range Zoe Dynamique Nav adds to the Expression spec with a hands free keycard, automatic lights and wipers, rear parking sensors, rear electric windows and electrically operated, heated and folding door mirrors, 16-inch ‘Black Shadow' alloy wheels and a leather steering wheel and gear lever.
In addition to Renault's Z.E. Connect app, which hooks up the vehicle to the Internet, the Dynamique Nav benefits from a one-year subscription to the Z.E. Interactive app. Via a smartphone or computer this allows you to remotely charge your Zoe and schedule charges, as well as cabin temperature pre-conditioning.
Prices range from £13,995 to £26,245 depending on whether buyers opt for a battery lease deal or full purchase and includes a government plug-in grant.
The new Zoe is ready to order with deliveries due in January.
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