Confirmed: 2018 Renault ZOE Gets Power Increase

FEB 19 2018 BY MARK KANE 40

Renault just announced introduction of the new 80 kW R110 electric motor for the 2018 ZOE – Europe’s best-selling EV.

2018 Renault ZOE R110

The new motor is 12 kW (16hp) more powerful than its predecessor R90, but size is the same. In effect, the new ZOE will accelerate quicker than ever, especially in the higher speed ranges.

“Despite being the same size as the R90, the R110 is 12kW (16hp) more powerful than its predecessor. Drivers will benefit from stronger acceleration performance when travelling at higher speeds as the new motor shaves almost two seconds off ZOE’s 49.7-to-74.5mph (80-120kph) time. This is a significant improvement which provides even greater peace of mind at higher speeds.

At lower speeds the R110 packs the same punch as the R90 from which it is derived thanks to the instant availability of peak torque of 225Nm, making ZOE as nimble as ever in urban areas.”

Order books will be opened soon in the biggest markets (this Spring in the UK), while deliveries are expected to begin in late summer. Prices aren’t yet known.

Elisabeth Delval, Assistant Programme Director, Renault ZOE, said:

“Thanks to this power boost, ZOE is even more responsive and versatile when used for journeys out of town. In addition to being able to enjoy the pleasure of driving a ZOE, drivers will also benefit from the longest range available for a mass-market electric car.”

Related – Renault ZOE R110 With 82 kW Motor & CCS Charging Hinted For Summer 2018

New R110 motor: Renault’s electric vehicle expertise

The new R110 motor is the latest in Renault’s electric motor development and production strategy and is further evidence of its expertise as Europe’s number one electric vehicle manufacturer. The R110 has been created specifically by Renault – an evolution of the R90, developed in just two years – and is made at the Cléon plant in Normandy having been designed by engineers based at both the Renault Technocentre and Cléon. In addition to carrying over the R90’s outstanding energy efficiency, the R110 packs a combination of electrical machine- and power electronics-related innovations that have yielded an extra 12kW with no increase in either weight or volume.

The introduction of the R110 takes the number of variants of the Renault-designed and -produced motor available for Kangoo Z.E., Master Z.E., ZOE and Daimler’s smart electric drive up to five (44kW, 57kW, 60kW, 68kW and 80kW).

2018 Renault ZOE – New R110 electric motor

2018 Renault ZOE – New R110 electric motor spec

Other enhancements are Android Auto compatibility and the addition of an exclusive new body color, as well as an optional Purple Interior Pack.

“Android Auto for ZOE

Android Auto-enabled R-LINK Evolution will be available for 2018-model-year ZOE, which means drivers will be able to display driving-compatible Android applications stored on their smartphone (including Waze, Deezer, Spotify, TuneIn, Skype, Messenger, Audible and many others available from Google Play Store) on their car’s multimedia screen.

Even more refined

The 2018 model-year ZOE range features a stylish new dark metallic purple body colour: Aconite. Available from the Dynamique Nav version, the ZOE can also be specified with the new Purple Interior Pack which includes a violet satin finish for the dashboard trim strip and air vent, gear lever base, loudspeaker surrounds, top stitching along with black and violet fabric upholstery.”

2018 Renault ZOE R110

2018 Renault ZOE R110

2018 Renault ZOE R110


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Nice car but still no CCS fast charging is a big miss.

Given that most RC chargers in Europe are sold with the three offerings in one (3-phase AC, CHAdeMO, CCS), then it should t be a problem for the Zoe.

Yet in Europe at least, many level 2 chargers are 3-phase AC capable and can pump 21kwh. That’s a much bigger advantage than any other CCS equipped EV put there.

1 hour and 40 minutes to charge from 0-80% is just (too) slow for longer trips. I would expect by now it could charge at 50 kW DC so 0-80% could be done in around 45 minutes.

Agree on that big swing and a miss.

Compelling PEVs must have DCFC.

For all those saying that the Nissan/Renault/mitsubishsi alliance is “leading the charge” this is proof that it most certainly is not.

What’s the point ? All Nissan cars have DC fast charging. You want a Renault-Nissan with DC ? Buy a Leaf !

For Zoé the choice of Renault is 22 kW or 44 kW AC charging probably because the price of a 44 kW AC “charging” station is a fraction of the prince of a DC 50 kW. So many small business and communities have installed 44 kW stations all over Europe, even if it is for only one car (for now).

So OK Zoé could have CSS, at an extra cost (price and space), but what for ? In France for example all DC 50 kW stations offer a AC 44 kW outlet. DC would be valuable for 100+ kW but were are the stations ?

Ionity, E-Via Flax-E, Mega-E… they are all coming, just need to charge first 😉

Yes this is quite strange, Renault is building the E-Via Flax-E network with up to 150kW charging capability, but their cars can charge even with CCS ???
Again a new upgrade in September I suppose !

The world is larger than France…

Having a CCS port in 2018 should be a given for any EV sold in Europe. From Zoe to Leaf to Model 3.

CCS/CHAdeMO&/AC doesn’t matter. More useful if all EU cars had 22kW AC, or at least 11 kW.


It does matter. It might not matter to you but it does to me.

All EVs should come with CCS, anything else is just plain stupid.

The Zoe is not a car you want to drive long distances in

You don’t need to drive long distances to have to fast charge a Zoe.

It won’t do 200 km even for me a day like this.

In some country yes but here in Sweden you can’t buy a Zoe with43 kW charger, only 22 kW and then the difference up to 50 kW CCS is quite large.

43kW ist not slow

Needed upgrade. Highway merging should be made easy and safe. The old Zoe was a bit slow at those speeds.

Sure 22 kW ac isn’t great for longer trips. But for a commuter and shopping car it’s great. In the Netherlands there are lots of 11 or 22 kW chargers near shopping centers or at work places, the Zoe can charge up pretty fast on those.

It seems to have reintroduced 44kw AC as standard.

Yea I’m also sort of irritated on that one. If thats the new more efficient motor but now upgraded with the 43kw charging from the old Q90 then this is actually a really good step.

Too slow. Both slow 0-100 kph at 11.4 seconds and slow charging at 43 kW. 0-100 should be under 8 seconds at least, though under 9 would suffice. For fast charging I think 75 kW is the new minimum needed to be taken seriously.
This would have been an impressive car 2 years ago, but not now.

I really don’t think we will see these changes in current gen Zoe. It’s been around for a while and I suspect things like CCS fast charging and powerful motors to appear in the next generation.

The new 60 kWh Leaf will be the showcase of things to come for the alliance.

And btw 11.4 seconds to 100 km/h is plenty.

My 2013 Volt does 0-60 mph in right around 8.5 seconds, and when I am merging onto an interstate it is fairly pokey.
My Volt isn’t as quick as I would like it to be.
Sub-8 second should be the minimum quickness for a modern sedan/hatchback. Trucks and vans can be slower but if you are driving a car that costs more than $20k, you deserve a quicker 0-60. If you are driving a BEV, there is no reason it can’t be quicker, other than the car maker just doesn’t care.

The US market is probably very different from the European market. In the Netherlands around 10 seconds 0 – 100 km is very normal for new cars. Mostly because of high tax burdens for inefficient cars and high cost for petrol. So a 115 hp 1.0 liter turbo petrol engine is also very normal in something like a Golf. Also loads of small cars are sold here and people just keep their cars longer.

I drive a Toyota Auris Hybrid with the same 11.4 0-100 and it’s fine.

But you are right, electrification should see this become faster over time. Due to small batteries, efficiency still seems more important at the moment.

This is actually a really nice car and there’s absolutely no need for all cars to be super fast.

I do agree on charging speed, though… they should improve that.

If it’s not an impressive car, then why are so many sold?

The myopic focus on performance is not something shared by the majority of car buyers.

I don’t think speed and quickness are the same thing. And quickness is both useful and fun. But you are right, the drivers that like a quick car are a minority, but a sizable one. You don’t design a car for 10% of the market unless that 10% are the ones that do most of the reviews. And drivers that like performance are more like 20-30% of the market not 10%. So, do car makers want to design motors for their electric cars with one of the attributes that appeal to the market niche that love cars, thereby adding around $100US to the cost? You do if you want the more knowledgeable end of the car buying public to like your car.

It costs the consumer considerably more that just 100€ to add a more powerful motor to the car. You are simply ignoring the higher insurance costs for a more powerful vehicle.

For example, I love the design of the model 3, but can’t really justify buying it because even though the base version will cost about the same as other long range EVs, the total cost of ownership will be way higher due to higher insurance costs. If Tesla only offered a version with about half the horsepower (and maybe a bit softer suspension), that’d be the perfect car for me..

80KWh battery with about 65Kwh usable and not implementing active TMS?? Battery degradation must be insane with this one.

I’ve never heard of it before, on this model.
Mostly I hear people living in semi desert areas in the US, that complain about the LEAF.

It really need a more powerful motor, so this will be a useful improvement.
Most people use this car for shortser trips, and charge at home, and/or work.
CCS will always be an advantage, if cost is not affected too much.
This car class is price sensitive.

You misunderstood.
It’s not a 80kWh _battery_ — it’s 41kWh, as the table in the article says, just like the current model Zoé. It’s a 80kW (no “h”) _motor_ , compared to the 68kW motor in the current Zoé.

Would a more powerful motor/inverter result in a stronger regen. braking, and possible better efficiency?


Love the purple trim and paint…

The Renault motor is used in the 2017 smart
fortwo ed.
This disappointing smart model 453, with it’s 58 mile range and slow 0-60 mph, is dying a Slow death in the US.
Could this new motor give this car a new life, or has MB just decided to let it die?

Any clue, how reliable this R110 drivetrain will be ? The old Zoé was infamous about it’s relative poor quality. A lot of electrical problems, due to this weird chameleon charging system. As a Renault it’s better than a typical Renault car, but far away from other BEVs in terms of reliability.

0-60 in 11 seconds is unsafe in this day and age…damn

If weaker cars are really so unsafe, why does it cost more to insure a more powerful car?

But we still don’t have the Zoe in the US of A, which is sad for so many who are waiting for an affordable, electric car. We, the U.S. screwed the pooch with the Le Car back in the 70’s and this destroyed our relationship with the French Automakers after that debacle.

I guess, if the Zoe does come to the U.S. it will only be a result of the big guy at Nissan making this happen as part of the partnership they have with Renault. Time will tell but I would love to see a bunch of Zoe’s on the streets of America.

For longer EV-journeys the feasable charging time is in the region of 30-45 minutes for a recharge of 300 kms. If you consume 20 kWhs per 100 kms this indicates a required charging power of 80-120 kW. I have driven my Gen 1 Zoe from 2014 more than 70 000 kms with it’s 22 kWh battery pack and 43 kW AC-charging capacity. A recharge time of 30-45 minutes are OK at long journeys but the range 120-150 kms is insufficient for longer trips. The new combination of increased battery capacity to 41 kWh and reduced charging power from 43 to 22 kW is very good for commuting where you can charge at work but not feasable for long journeys. But for daily commuting this is an excellent little car. With 100 kW charging power it would be a feasable all-round EV that suits every need for a small family.

I agree completely.

Renault could just add CCS DC charging capability to offer the same usability as petrol or diesel cars.