This is the test drive we have secretly been waiting for.

Robert Llewellyn Takes Us For A Spin In A Renault Zoe

Robert Llewellyn Takes Us For A Spin In A Renault Zoe

Noted reviewer of all things electric in Europe, Robert Llewellyn, finally got his hands on one of the few EVs that we can't, a brand new 2013 Renault Zoe (not available in the US), then takes it for a nice long extended test drive for his web-show, Fully Charged.

As well as a comprehensive review of Renault's much in demand new electric offering, we also get a small tour of Portugal.

Mr. Llewellyn finds the new Zoe a small car as compared to the LEAF, and perhaps accelerations a little slower, but he says it does hold the road much better than Nissan's EV, goes farther, charges faster, and you feel much more in control of the Zoe.

Other highlights:

  • good visibility
  • easy to drive
  • "cool" pedestrian sounds (under 30 km), with different selectable sounds, that you can also opt to turn off
  • "battery rental" is a good idea for not only piece of mind, but to ensure range remains acceptable long term, but can make the decision to purchase a Zoe a little more difficult if you don't drive regularly
  • a rental service is included with purchase, where another car will be delivered to your place of residence when longer trips are needed
  • for public charging, the Renault Zoe has a "lock" function, so others can not unplug your vehicle when you are trying to fill-up
Overall, Robert seems to really enjoy his test drive experience.

If interested you can find out more about the 130 mile (NEDC - 90ish miles US EPA) all electric car here.  While the Zoe is already on sale in some parts of Europe now, it goes on sale in the UK in June for £13,650 ($20,725 USD) + battery rental of £70.