Renault has launched a new version of its Zoe EV supermini, with the latest iteration set to get a 52 kWh battery for a range of 242 miles (WLTP) on a single charge.
The new Zoe can also feature a CCS inlet, allowing for faster rapid charging at speeds of up to 50 kW, while the Type 2 section of the port will continue to accept up to 22 kW AC. Not only is the rapid charging capability faster than the current 42 kW DC limit, it also opens up new rapid charge points for Zoe drivers.
Renault’s Zoe Z.E. 50 is the latest update to a model that has already had battery upgrades and motor power increases during its life-span. Not only is the battery capacity larger – the physical size remains the same – but also the new model features refreshed design inside and out, and improved equipment.
GT Line models get a new R135 100 kW (135 hp) electric motor, up from the 79 kW or 65 kW models currently available, which provides improved acceleration and comfort at higher speeds. This drops the 0-62mph time to a little under 10 seconds, with a top speed of 87mph.
A new B mode function is fitted to both R135 and the R110 motor models – the latter is carried over from the Z.E. 40 models – which allows for stronger brake energy recuperation for improved ‘one-pedal’ driving potential. This, and other drive modes, are selected via a new e-shifter, which is a switch rather than a conventional gear lever.
New safety equipment is fitted, and a 10-inch digital instrument cluster represents a significant improvement in design, perceived quality, and display size. Exterior design details bring the Zoe in line with other current Renault models, but it is the interior design that has seen the most changes.