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Europe: Renault ZOE electric car launched – 210 km NEDC range

Renault has officially launched the ZOE electric car at Geneva. To go on sale later this year, the ZOE was designed as a pure-electric car from the ground up, and to be affordable, to Europeans at least.

In line with Renault’s “electric mobility for all” theme, the ZOE is priced close to that of a diesel-engined city car in markets where tax incentives are available. As discussed in our i-MiEV test drive report, government incentives are vital to make expensive EVs more reachable by the masses.

In France, the ZOE starts from €15,700 (after tax incentive of €5,000) and in the UK, where a subsidy of £4,333 is available, tax-paid prices start from £13,650.

That’s for the car. The cost of leasing the battery starts from €79/month (price for a 36-month contract and a distance travelled of 12,500 km/year), inclusive of comprehensive breakdown assistance, which covers flat batteries.

Apparently, more than 60 patents have been filed for ZOE’s design. Renault has developed the ‘Range OptimiZEr’ that combines three major innovations (new-generation regenerative braking, a heat pump and Michelin Energy E-V tyres).


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