Renault ZOE R240 Battery Capacity – 23.3 kWh Usable, 26 kWh Total

1 year ago by Mark Kane 18

Renault R240

Renault R240

From time to time the question about the real Renault ZOE battery capacity pops up, especially after the French company introduced new longer range R240 version in parallel with previous Q210 edition.

Renault stated that the range (under NEDC) increased from 210 km (130 miles) to 240 km (149 miles) thanks to new in-house developed drivetrain.  In real world terms the new R240 ZOE will go a little over 100 miles, whereas the Q210 was more like 88-90 miles.

Basically, range increased by some 14%, but there was no word about battery capacity changes.

Thanks to one of our readers (hat tip to  Alex) in a recent story about strong ZOE sales in March, we got a hint about a video with Masato Origuchi from Renault (formerly at Nissan) who revealed battery capacity change at one of presentations in late 2015.

The first generation Renault ZOE had 22 kWh usable energy from the battery, while the new R240 is able to use 23.3 kWh out of nearly 26 kWh. Increase of usable capacity is 5.9%.

In other words, the new, more efficient electric motor wasn’t the only cause of longer range.

Renault ZOE R240/Q210 (23.3 kWh / 22 kWh)

Renault ZOE R240/Q210 (23.3 kWh / 22 kWh)

Renault ZOE R240 23.3 kWh usable energy capacity

Renault ZOE R240 23.3 kWh usable energy capacity

Renault ZOE battery cells

Renault ZOE battery cells

Battery cells for Renault ZOE are supplied by LG Chem. Those are 36 Ah, 3.75 V.

Renault enables (like all other manufacturers) only part of the full battery for usage (less than 90%), to extend the durability of the pack.

Renault ZOE battery durability

Renault ZOE battery durability

Renault ZOE battery durability

Renault ZOE battery durability

2016 Renault ZOE Swiss Edition (limited edition)

2016 Renault ZOE Swiss Edition (limited edition)

Hat Tip To Alex!!!

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18 responses to "Renault ZOE R240 Battery Capacity – 23.3 kWh Usable, 26 kWh Total"

  1. Cavaron says:

    Trading 14% more range for halving the charging speed (43->22kW) is not a good deal imho…

    1. ggpa says:

      Perhaps you have access to a 43kW outlet, but others who do not might choose differently, which is why Renault was smart to offer both models.

      It is my understanding that the newer 22kW charger is substantially more efficient when charging from a regular single phase outlet …

      1. Paul says:

        Yes, indeed. Slow charging changed from around 20 hours from nearly empty to full (which was unworkable even for an overnight visit to grandma) to about the same as all the other EVs (around 8 to 10 hours, which is one night).

        But now a fast charge takes 1 hour, and it was 30 minutes before.

        I could do nor without one nor the other, therefore I bought a Kia Soul EV. Full in one night even on the slowest socket, yet fast charging in 25 minutes, for a true summer range of 200 km.

      2. Cavaron says:

        Granted – at 230V 10A the old Zoe did indeed charge very slow (more like 14-15h for a charge I would say). But at 230V 13A that shrunk to 8-9h and at 16A to 5-6h. I never encountered a plug who couldn’t take 13A single phase in Germany – but that my be different for other parts in Germany. Also most households have 3-phase here, so 11kW-22kW charging is like the standard at home.

        1. Cavaron says:

          … other parts of Europe …

      3. arne-nl says:

        Not more efficient but more effective. They have increased cos phi, so the effective power is larger.

        If I charge my ZOE at 3×16 a, the power meter shows a consumption of 8.8 kW. The difference to the theoretical max of 11 kW is due to cos phi.

        The difference are not losses! They don’t cost energy and you don’t pay for them.

    2. Miggy says:

      Talking about a Good Deal, Renault have just landed the Zoe in New Zealand at a price of NZ$74,0000
      What a rip off.
      see: http://www.driven.co.nz/reviews/previews/zippy-zoe-a-big-step-for-nz-electric-vehicles/

      1. Miggy says:

        Make that NZ$74,000

      2. arne-nl says:

        How much of that is tax?

        I might hope they include the battery for that price. In Europe the battery is rented with the car (in most markets)

  2. Tapaskoch says:

    Driving my ZOE 240 since November 15 now, I never had more than 149 KM of range (real world) any hints on how to improve this ?

    1. offib says:

      Increase tire pressure. Many hyper millers you can ask who own Priuses and LEAFs prefer to put 40 – 45psi in their tyres.

      The ride is firmer, but many would say they don’t like the feel of soggy tires anyway.

      Either that and/or Eco mode which you already know now.

      Also, don’t use cruise control, especially on hills. They’re not the best for distance.

      1. Ken says:

        I dont consider myself a hypermiler but i regularly get over 100 miles per charge with my Leaf
        1. It’s 50 psi we run not 40. And i do this in my gas cars as well for better mpg.
        2. Use the cruise control. Not to go fast but to go slow. Mine is set at exactly whatever the speed limit is for the road im traveling on. (Usually 50mph)
        3. Use Eco and braking mode but use neutral on a long hill where you dont need to stop or slow at the bottom.
        4. Keep your car light, clear all the crap out of the trunk.
        5. Maybe the most important one, no jackrabbit starts at red lights. We all know how much fun it is to show the gassers how fast our electric cars accelerate but not if you are trying to go far on a single charge.
        6. Don’t use the resistance heater. EVER. Use the heated seats and steering wheel instead. A/C use is fine and it actually more efficient than driving with all the windows open. Headlights, wipers, and radio use almost nothing so go ahead and use them.

    2. arne-nl says:

      Wait until summer.

    3. mr. M says:

      Drive slower

  3. R.S says:

    I have heard, Renault is thinking about a sporty version of the next gen Zoe, or at least with the next battery version.

    Could someone follow up on that?

  4. Kosee says:

    Soon Renault should come with a 44 kwh usable version. Perhaps this is then actually a 50 kwh?

  5. arne-nl says:

    I drive a 2013 Zoe, so the R210 model.

    According to my measurements, it has a max usable capacity of 23.5 kWh (in summer). But this is calculated from the consumption as reported by the onboard computer. I don’t know how accurate it is.

  6. Sandy says:

    Actual real world data from the CanZE app shows that Q210 and R240 generally have the same amount of usable battery, namely just over 22kwh. Lets stop dredging up a presentation from Renault to Mercedes and touting it as absolute fact that the R240 has more capacity. A quick view of the subject on another forum will show a number of Q210 with more capacity at less than 100% SOH than R240 models with 105% SOH.