“I Made The Switch” – Renault ZOE Owner Tells His Story – Video

JAN 20 2015 BY MARK KANE 15

Renault ZOE is one of the most popular all-electric cars on the market in Europe and is the leader in France.

Here is a portrait of ZOE owner Séverin Groisne, who is using the near-silent car on a daily basis in Paris, doing far less than 100 km a day and charging overnight.

If you have similar driving situation and can afford an EV, then maybe it’s time to make the switch to electric drive.

This video is part of new Renault-Nissan Alliance campaign to present owners’ stories.

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15 Comments on "“I Made The Switch” – Renault ZOE Owner Tells His Story – Video"

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Very nice. 🙂

Martin Tesar

Great real life account – positive EV experiences – Bring more of these please.

Bill Howland

THat “EVSE” he has in his garage looks very similiar to my Schneider model down to the green racing stripe. The only cosmetic difference is the detachable cord (mennekes?) used in Europe. I would assume this is a 230Y/400 volt model as opposed to my 230 volt single-phase model.



No, it is a 230V single phase standard outlet in his garage. But it is from Renault IP67 (outdoor proof) called “Green UP”. This outlet let you charge with 14A single phase, instead of the default (very conservative) 10A. 14A means 3kw charging speed.

The Benefit is that even extrem old wiring can be used single phase with 10A. A seperate wiring with the Renault Green-UP enables 14A with the ZOE ICCB and reduces charging time. Cost is 50€ for the Outlet and fuse.

As an alternative he could use a 22kw TYP2 Mennekes Box to speed up charging to 1 hr. But for this he needs 3-phase wiring, which is mybe not in his garage.


It is a bit too bad not to use one of the few advantages of being in Europe, which is the availability of 3 phase 400 Volts. Even if you don’t need it perse it still is an interesting at home fast charge possibility.


@Bill excuse me, i mean the outlet in the video.

On that picture above is a TYP2 Wallbox of course. Yes. Maybe single phase up to 32A or 3-phase up to 63A, who knows.

John Harmer

The standard home charger in the UK for a ZOE is 7kW. That is to say 230V at 32A single phase. This gives 3-4 hours charging time in warm conditions, a bit longer on cold nights. The connector used is a type 2.


I drive a Zoe too, and while she has a bit of that el-cheapo French car aura, two things kick *ss: the drivetrain (duh, it’s an electric!) and the 3-phase chameleon charger.

When I get home after work at 17:00 with a near-empty battery (20-30% usually), I plug her into my 3x11A charger and she’s ready to go again after dinner. Try that with a LEAF or e-Golf and their insufficient single phase chargers.

Incidentally, she’s in the body shop right now for a minor repair and I have a Citroen DS3 automatic as a loaner. I hate it I hate it I hate it. The drivetrain is so noisy and unsophisticated. It is like the car has a will on it’s own It decides how fast you must accelerate and ignores your input.

Can’t for the moment to have my Zoe back.

Bill Howland

Arne-nl: Just to satisfy my curiousity , would you mind telling me which country you are in, and whether it is common in your area to have 3-phase (400 volts) in the house, and if you know it, how many amps your electric supply is. THank you.


I would guess that’s 220 volts 3 phases as it is very standard there.
It’s only give 4.1 kw output, but dinner take usually longer in France 🙂

Bill Howland

The 11 ampere charging docking station (what you guys call a ‘WallBox’) would normally be 7.6 kw. So its compatible with France’s Light Dinners.


In Europe
1-phase power is 220V
3-phase power is 380V

In France EDF asks for the same price for both single-phase and 3-phase power, the subscription increases with the maximum amps you require.
There are many houses equipped with 3-phase power due to old equipment which required it, it’s then up to the individual user to balance the energy consumption between the phases to make sure the max amps per phase isn’t reached.

The 3-phase equipment is progressively being replaced by more recent single phase equipment, this way people can switch to single phase subscription, it makes managing the maximum power much easier and allows people to use a cheaper lower amps subscription.
But the 3-phase wiring is still there.


In Finland (which obviously isn’t a part of Europe then?) 1-phase is 240V, 3-phase is 400V and (almost?) every household is a 3-phase one, usually in the range of 3x15A – 3x35A. Some bigger houses like farms could be more, like 3x50A.

There’s basically two appliances that require the 3-phase connection. The electric stove (ours is a 2x3kW induction one.) and the sauna stove (6kW in our smallish sauna.) Gas(LNG?) stoves are only used in central Helsinki(maybe some other big cities, i dunno), so there could be some apartments there that only have a 1-phase connection.

Our fixtures could easily afford at least a 3x16A evse box and I’m considering some kind of 3-phase installation in any case.

Bill Howland

Thanks everyone for commenting on your electrics. I noticed the photo since its obviously made either by Schneider or rebranded, or Schneider itself uses the same product that RENAULT does and also rebrands it. The styling with the exception of the recepticle is identical.

Bill Howland

Thanks for the information, so what are the euro amounts of the subscriptions? Or is that too complex to discuss?

In the states the Construct is called “Demand Contracted For”.