Electric Vehicles (EVs) are taking over all the global automotive shows with a bang and in particular, Renault ZOE e-Sport Concept based on the iconic EV brand revealed its DNA at recently concluded Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. The beafy e-Sport is developed upon Renault ZOE platform which is similar to the Nissan Leaf.
Earlier, the car has been criticized for its sheer bulkiness (approx. to 1.5 tonnes) and considered to be quite lethargic in the corners.
The new concept, despite being added with new bodywork and wider tracks, it is lighter than the standard road-going EV by 155 kilograms. It keeps the same 40 kWh battery pack of the new ZOE, but it gets two completely new electric motors that are allegedly borrowed from the Formula E Renault car. The vehicle can now reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds.
At the same time, Renault has re-launched, a revised ZOE which now promises a 250-mile range. Where the fuel tank normally hides away is where the battery pack has been slotted, so the boot remains useable with 330 liters of space – quite a near about average for its class.
ZOE comes with a five-star Euro NCAP rating and standard safety features such as Electronic Stability Programme with traction and understeer control, Hill Start Assist and front and side driver and passenger airbags.
But what keeps this car more enticing for the public is nothing but the affordability factor. As Brian Moody, Executive Editor of AutoTrader, quoted in his latest Huffington Post article – “If budget friendly, diesel-sipping small cars go away, the next best option for budget-strapped motorists is an EV like the Zoe.”
|Renault Zoe Signature Nav Q90 Z.E.40 (United Kingdom)|
|List price:||£21,170 (inc. government grant, exc. battery lease)|
|Range:||250 miles / 402.336 kms (official)|
In a recent development, Slough Borough Council has purchased an initial three models for staff to use as pool cars. The vehicle was recommended by council staff following a test drive based on outstanding range, low running costs, and overall positive feedback.
“We’re delighted that Slough Borough Council has chosen the Renault ZOE as its first electric pool car. The ZOE creates no emissions at the tailpipe, and with the 250-mile range (NEDC) available from its Z.E.40 battery, it will be able to complete return journeys across the borough without needing to stop and charge up again. We are sure staff will also enjoy its smooth, quiet performance and fun character.” – Mark Potter, National Fleet Manager, Groupe Renault UK.
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