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First Renault Zoe Electric Car Delivered In France

Just over two years since the first Nissan Leaf was delivered to its Californian owner, one driver has the keys to the French equivalent.

The Renault Zoe electric car is a class size smaller than the Leaf, but like the Nissan it represents the first major push from Renault to sell a dedicated electric car.

Taking delivery of the first Zoe was French Minister for Industrial Recovery, Arnaud Montebourg.

Unlike Renault’s larger Fluence, the Zoe is not based off an internal combustion production car. Renault sells the Clio subcompact in Europe, but the Zoe uses a dedicated platform. Sadly, it’s also not due in the U.S.

The Zoe unique among current electric cars in costing the same as–or less than–combustion equivalents, once local incentives are taken into account. With a government incentive of 7,000 Euros ($9,200 at current exchange rates), Zoe pricing starts from only 13,700 Euros in France ($18,000).

For comparison, the brand new Clio model now on sale in France starts from $18,800. That makes the Zoe’s pricing unprecedented in a market where electric cars typically cost thousands more than other vehicles.

Current European leader

Renault currently sells more electric cars in Europe than any other company–albeit still in small volumes compared to markets like the U.S. and Japan.
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