Renault Zoe MkI charging guide

renault zoe ev charging guide

The first generation Renault Zoe proved extremely popular with EV buyers, offering a long range in a compact package. Originally available with a 22 kWh battery, this was later upgraded to a 41 kWh pack – keeping the Zoe at the forefront of driving ranges in the supermini market. Only a handful of models manage to beat it in terms of range, and they all cost more.

Charging is carried out via a Type 2 inlet, with a variety of charging options available; usually Renault’s Chameleon 22 kW system, though some Zoe models are 43 kW rapid AC charge capable.


Official NEDC Range

Renault Zoe
149 miles

Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 R90
250 miles

Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 Q90
230 miles

Real-world Range

Renault Zoe
106 miles

Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 R90
186 miles

Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 Q90
174 miles

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How to charge a Renault Zoe

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The Renault Zoe uses the Type 2 charging standard, used when charging at home or at public slow and fast AC points. When specified, it is also used to carry high power during rapid AC charging from a Type 2 connector. The Renault Zoe’s Type 2 inlet is found in the centre of what would normally be the car’s grille.

Renault Zoe is able to be slow, fast, and rapid charged from public points, depending on network and type of charge unit. In most cases, slow charging requires a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable, and fast charging a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, both of which are usually supplied with the vehicle. For rapid charging, the Type 2 connector required is tethered to the charging unit.

Type 2 – Slow & FastType 2 – Rapid


Charging requires the EV driver to plug the connectors into the correct inlet, after which 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 private home or workplace charge point, the vehicle then automatically starts charging.

On a public charger, an activation process is required to initiate charging. Depending on the network provider, this may require the use of an RFID card or smartphone app, often linked to an account which has been set up beforehand. Contactless pay-as-you-go units are also becoming more common on newer units. Once activated, the units will conduct further connection and account checks before starting to charge the vehicle.

How long does it take to charge a Renault Zoe?

renault zoe charging times

The following table shows approximate times 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 for 0-80% as most rapid chargers reduce or cut power well before 100% charge to protect the battery and maximise efficiency.

Note that the times shown are only a guide, as very rarely will an EV need to be fully charged from 0%. Other factors that might vary the charging time include ambient temperature, in-vehicle energy loads, any upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as the maximum charge is reached.

Rapid 43kWFast 22kWFast 7kWSlow 3kW
1 hour
2 hours
6 hours
13.5 hours


The Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 Q90 is fitted with Renault’s Chameleon charger which covers all applications, from slow to rapid charging. This means that when connected to any charger up to 43kW, the Zoe will be able to accept the unit’s maximum power rate.

Use Zap-Map’s Home Charging Calculator to estimate charging times for a Renault Zoe. The level of battery charge, connector speed, and on-board charger options can be tailored to your requirements for more accurate results.


How much does it cost to charge a Renault Zoe?

The table shown below shows estimates of the cost to charge the Renault Zoe’s 41 kWh battery at home (on a domestic tariff) or using a rapid charge point. Cost estimates are dependent on the charge remaining, usable battery capacity, and age of battery pack. Cost per mile is calculated using an estimate of real-world range.

TypeCost/kWhCost to chargeCost per mile
Home14 p/kWh£6.603.8 p/mile
Public Rapid30 p/kWh to 80% charge£10.207.3 p/mile

Based on these figures, the Renault Zoe’s fuel costs are 4-7 p/mile based on real-world energy usage, the cost depending on the type of charging. In general, home charging provides the cheapest per mile cost and public rapid charging tends to be around double the cost. These fuel costs compare favourably with 12-15 p/mile for conventional petrol and diesel cars.

To find the cost and times to charge an EV on a public charge point, Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required.

Charging a Renault Zoe at home

renault zoe home charging

Charging at home is often the most convenient and cost effective way to recharge an EV. Government grants are available for the installation of home EV charge points, and a large number of companies offer a fully installed charge point for a fixed price.

Most home chargers are either rated at 3 kW or 7 kW. The higher powered wall-mounted units normally cost more than the slower 3 kW option, but halve the time required to fully charge an EV. Many plug-in car manufacturers have deals or partnerships with charge point suppliers, and in some cases provide a free home charge point as part of a new car purchase. Zap-Map recommends shopping about beforehand as there are a number of suitable products on the market.

Charging a Renault Zoe on public networks

renault zoe public charging

The UK has a large number of public EV charging networks, with some offering national coverage and others only found in a specific region. The major UK-wide networks include BP Chargemaster (Polar), Ecotricity, Pod Point, and Charge Your Car.

Payment and access methods across networks vary, with some networks providing an RFID card and others a smartphone app to use their services. While most require an account to be set up before use, some rapid units with contactless PAYG card readers are starting to be installed.

Although many EV charge points are free to use, the majority of fast and rapid chargers require payment. Charging tariffs tend to comprise a flat connection fee, a cost per charging time (pence per hour) and/or a cost per energy consumed (pence per kWh). For more information about network tariffs, visit Zap-Map’s public charge point networks guides.

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