Last week we featured the assembly process of the Renault Twizy, a city EV that travels up to 50 mph for approximately 60 miles. That production line was small and featured not a single robot.
The Renault Zoe's assembly could not be more different.
The Renault Zoe Shares A Line With The Clio
Over 100 robots aid in the production of the car, which like the Nissan LEAF at both its facilities in Oppama, Japan and Smyrna, Tennessee, shares its assembly line with another car, in this case the Renault Clio.
The Renault Zoe is produced in Flins, France, and while the actual battery production facility in the country has been put on extended hiatus, practically everything else is produced on site; from the EV's seats to an in-house battery production facility.
The Renault Zoe is a purpose-built, all electric vehicle for the European market, and will soon supplant the aforementioned Renault Twizy as the best selling plug-in in Europe. The Zoe has a rated range of 210 km (130 miles) range on the Euro-NEDC cycle, which translates to approximately 90 miles using the US EPA methodology.
In France, tax-paid prices for Renault ZOE will start from €15,700 (with 5K subsidy) ($20,400 USD) for the entry level version, ZOE Life, which will come with the integrated Renault R-Link multimedia tablet, Chameleon battery charger and automatic climate control as standard equipment. Tax-paid prices for the two high-end versions – ZOE Zen and ZOE Intens – will start from €17,500 (with 5K subsidy) ($22,700 USD). Tax-paid battery lease prices will start from €79/month ($98 USD), for a contract covering 12,500km/year over a period of 36 months.