The Renault Zoe has the longest range of any mainstream EV on the market today. With the ability to go 250 miles on a single charge, only models from Tesla manage to beat it in terms of range – and they start at between two and three times the cost of the Zoe. Renault’s supermini is available with two battery sizes – 22 kWh and 41 kWh – and uses the Type 2 standard for charging, with Rapid AC charging an option. The Zoe qualifies for the OLEV Category 1 Plug-in Car Grant, with new buyers able to get £4,500 off the cost of a new model. Eligible customers will also be able to get £500 off the cost of a fully installed home charging unit through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.
Next Green Car says: “The Zoe Z.E. 40 is a watershed moment for EVs; the time when long range became affordable”
Find out more in the below Zap-Map Renault Zoe charging guide.
Renault Zoe Range
Official NEDC Range
Renault Zoe149 miles
Renault Zoe Z.E. 40250 miles
Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 with rapid charging230 miles
Renault Zoe106 miles
Renault Zoe Z.E. 40186 miles
Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 with rapid charging174 miles
Renault Zoe Charging inlets
The Renault Zoe has one type of charging inlet, whether the vehicle is specified with the rapid charging option or not. The Zoe is available to use with Type 2 connectors, and is able to deal with slow and fast charging speeds. Rapid charging is possible on the same inlet too depending on specification.
|Type 2 – Slow & Fast||Type 2 – Rapid|
Renault Zoe Charging times
Below is a table showing approximately how long it will take to charge a Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 Q90 (rapid charge capable). Times are for a 100% charge for all but rapid charging, which is quoted at the usual 0-80%.
It is worth noting that these times are only a guide as very rarely will an EV driver want to charge from 0%, preferring instead to keep some battery charge in hand. Other factors that might vary the charging time – either reducing it or extending the time taken – include the issue of battery capacities having upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as maximum charge approaches.
The Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 is fitted with Renault’s Chameleon charger which covers all applications from slow to rapid. This means that when connected to any charger up to 43kW, the Zoe will be able to accept the unit’s maximum power rate.
|Rapid 50kW||Fast 22kW||Fast 7kW||Slow 3kW|
|1 hour - 0-80%||2 hours - 0-100%||6 hours - 0-100%||13.5 hours - 0-100%|
How much does it cost to charge a Renault Zoe?
The table below shows a high level estimate of cost to charge the 41 kWh battery pack of the Renault Zoe Z.E.40 at home or where a charge is made on the rapid charge network – many public points are free.
Home Standard11p per kWh£4.502.5 p/milePublic Rapid£3 fee + 17p/kWh to 80% charge£8.504.9 p/milePublic Rapid30p kWh to 80% charge£9.805.6 p/mile
|Type||Cost/kWh||Cost to charge*||Cost per mile|
|Home Economy 7||7p per kWh||£2.80||1.6 p/mile|
* Approximate cost to charge a Renault Zoe Z.E 40 from 0% to 100%. Actual cost dependent on charge remaining, usable battery capacity, and age of battery pack.
^ Cost per mile calculated on real-world range for a more accurate figure than one based on official figures
Charging on the Electric Highway 43 kW AC rapid chargers (£3 fee + 17p/kWh above) are quoted at 80% but a maximum of 78% would only be possible because of a 45 minute time limit.
The Renault Zoe should only cost around 1-5p per mile to run, though that’s with a number of variables in your favour. Expect a cost of 2p-6p per mile for a more accurate real world cost, presuming that the majority of charging is done at home. Prices for a full charge are almost a worst case scenario, with very few drivers leaving their Renault Zoe to get down to 0% charge before plugging in.
According to a Zap-Map survey, more than 80% of EV drivers charge their car at home, making it an important aspect of owning an electric vehicle. The most common level of charge for an EV to get down to before being charged at a public point is 21%-30%, with 60% of drivers surveyed starting charging between 11% and 40%. Only 11% of drivers regularly see a charge of 0%-10% before they start charging.
Charging a Renault Zoe on public networks
The Renault Zoe is able to be fast and rapid charged from public points, depending on network coverage. Fast charging will likely require a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, often supplied with the vehicle. Rapid charging uses a Type 2 connector which is tethered to the charge point.
Costs vary network to network, but you can find out more by clicking on the button below, taking you to Zap-Map’s public network pages.
Charging a Renault Zoe at home
Buying a Renault Zoe will likely entitle you to an Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant. This will give you up to £500 off the cost of a fully installed charge point at home. Certain criteria need to be met, and off-street parking needs to be available too.
Costs vary depending on installer and charge point chosen, though you can find out more information by clicking on the button below.
Renault has partnered with Chargemaster to offer a free fully installed 7kW home charge point to new Zoe customers. Customers don’t have to receive a charge point from this supplier, but it means the process will be a little more streamlined, organising an installation can be started at the dealership, and it will save the new Zoe owner a few hundred pounds. There are a number of different points and prices on the market so it is worth shopping about beforehand so you know what’s on offer.
How to charge a Renault Zoe
The Renault Zoe is available with the Type 2 charging standard – with the inlet found behind a flap in the centre of what would normally be a car’s grille
All connectors plug into this one inlet, which is used for slow, fast, and rapid charging. A Type 2 connector will need to be at one end of a cable when charging at home or at public fast points, to plug into the car. This will then either have a three-pin plug or likely have a Type 2 connector at the other end to plug in either to a mains socket or public charge point.
The Rapid 43kW AC connector plugs into the same inlet, but is able to charge the Zoe at a much higher speed. This will be tethered to the rapid charger units so you don’t need to take the cable around with you.
Charging anywhere requires the user to simply plug the connectors into the correct port, before the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at home or at some work place charge points, there is no further need to activate the charging process.
In public though, there will usually be an activation process needed. Depending on the charge point provider, this will usually be an RFID card or smartphone app, often linked to an account you have already set up. Once activated, the car and charge point will have the same ‘conversation’ as when plugged in at home, before starting the charging process.