The new model of the ever-popular Renault Zoe is here with even longer range and extra technology.
The Renault Zoe. Europe’s best-selling electric car has managed to reinvent itself whilst also staying very similar with its new 2019 model. Repackaged inside and out, Renault says the new electric Zoe is capable of 242 miles on a single charge thanks to its larger 52kWh battery.
The Zoe has not been updated drastically for seven years since it went on sale and Renault have decided to make very small changes to the exterior of the car. The Zoe remains exactly the same size as it was before. The company have added a new front bumper, C-shaped LED headlamps and additional chrome detailing. According to the manufacturer, the standard LED headlights provide 75% more light than equivalent halogen units. Following on from the previous model, hiding behind the Renault badge on the nose sits the ZOE’s charging port, which now supports DC fast charging of up to 50kW. At the rear, bigger LED tail-lights also feature indicators that sweep outwards from the centre. These small additions allow the Zoe to maintain all the style which made the car so popular, but also show customers that their favourite electric car isn’t stagnating but evolving with time.
The interior is where the wholesale changes have been implemented. The ZOE’s interior was revealed earlier this year, with a 9.3-inch infotainment screen and a 10-inch digital instrument display behind the steering wheel. Beneath it sits a new electronic gear level, parking brake and wireless charging pad for smartphones. The design represents a significant overhaul, with a completely new dashboard featuring soft-touch fabrics. Built in LED interior lighting is standard across the range, while the Iconic trim will feature upholstery made completely from recycled materials, perfect for the eco-friendly world we are aiming for. The company’s EASY LINK multimedia system is included, allowing drivers to check the status of local charging stations in real time. It also allows drivers to operate many of the car’s functions through their smartphone, such as setting a destination on the sat nav remotely, check battery status and setting the car’s climate control.
With the introduction of the larger battery manufactured into the same physical space as the previous model, it allows the new Renault Zoe to provide a longer range on a full charge without taking up any space in the interior of the car. The result is an all-electric range that rises from 186 miles to 242 miles, an increase of around 30 per cent. This new iteration in Renault’s popular all electric car will face more competition than ever before in the current market, but the small tweaks made by Renault could well keep this exciting small car top of the list once again.
28th of June 2019