Together with the introduction of a new version of ZOE, Renault is updating trim levels of its EVs. In the UK, the names of the trims were changed to be in-line with combustion-engined vehicles in uniform grading structure.
Renault ZOE, as announced earlier this year, will be available in Europe in both old and new version, which differ mainly by the drivetrain.
The new Zoe R240 version is equipped with Renault's motors and offer longer range with charging capability up to 22 kW from 3-phase AC charging points, and higher charging efficiency. Older Q210 has only one advantage of 43 kW charging capability.
In the UK, ZOE R240 will be available in two trims - Expression Nav (former Expression) and Dynamique Nav (former Dynamique Intens), while ZOE Q210 is available as Dynamique Nav Rapid Charge (former Dynamique Intens). Q210 is the most expensive of the three, although only £500 more than the top R240.
ZOE R240 can go up to 149 miles (NEDC) on a single charge, nearly 15% more than the 130-mile Q210. Renault states also that real-world range in the summer is 29% lower than NEDC, while in the winter 52% lower than NEDC.
In the first half of 2015, Renault sold in the UK 949 EVs, out of which 767 were ZOE. For the sake of comparison, Nissan delivered nearly 3,000 LEAFs in that period, but new ZOE 240 could reduce the difference.
"In an increasing electric vehicle market in the UK that was up 83.0 per cent in the first half of the year compared to 2014, sales of Renault’s electric vehicle range, comprising of ZOE, Twizy and Kangoo Z.E., rose by 145.9 per cent across the same period, with 949 EVs sold. ZOE contributed strongly to this performance, with 767 examples of the all-electric hatchback being sold – a 244.0 per cent increase on the first six months of 2014."
Also Renault Twizy trims have minor changes to colors, wheels and new names (Expression replaces the former Urban and Dynamique takes the place of Technic). Third version is Cargo with a single-seat and trunk.
Full press release with details:
"Renault has updated the trim levels of two of its three electric vehicles on sale in the UK – the ZOE supermini and urban Twizy – to bring them into line with the company’s combustion-engined vehicles and create a more uniform grading structure across all the brand’s models.
- ZOE now available in Expression Nav, Dynamique Nav and Dynamique Nav Rapid Charge versions
- Changes coincide with addition of new longer-range motor
- New motor gives ZOE class-leading 149-mile NEDC range
- ZOE priced from £13,445 after the Government’s Plug-in Car Grant
- ZOE sales in UK growing three times faster than the EV market
- Twizy grades also changed, to Expression, Dynamique & Cargo
The changes to the ZOE line-up have been timed to coincide with the introduction of a new, in-house-developed, longer-range electric motor. The new line up, with previous models in brackets, consists of Expression Nav (Expression), Dynamique Nav (Dynamique Intens) and Dynamique Nav Rapid Charge (Dynamique Intens). Expression Nav and Dynamique Nav feature the new motor, known as the R240, while Dynamique Nav Rapid Charge retains the original power unit.
Standard items on Expression Nav include R-Link voice-controlled satellite navigation with a 7-inch tablet touchscreen, Climate control, Renault Keycard entry system, Bluetooth connectivity, a 4x20W radio with four speakers, USB and AUX ports, cruise control, front electric windows and rear privacy glass.
ZOE has a five-star Euro NCAP rating and its comprehensive safety equipment includes ESC stability control, ASR traction control, CSV understeer control, Hill Start Assist and six airbags.
A comprehensive array of technology is standard in order to make ZOE as efficient as possible – the Renault Range OptimiZEr range-extender (heat pump, regenerative braking and Michelin ENERGY E-V low-friction tyres); the Renault Chameleon™ charger allowing the battery to be replenished in one to nine hours and adapt itself to always extract the most charge from any charging source, an ECO mode, a Z.E. Connect remote battery monitoring, Z.E. Voice low-speed pedestrian alert, a TFT display with a trip computer and driving style indicator, battery charge indicator, econometer and range indicator.
Renault is continuing to offer ZOE customers a 7kW charging wall box supplied and installed free of charge at their home. This means a charge time from zero to 100 per cent full in 3-4 hours.
Dynamique Nav adds a hands-free Keycard, rear parking camera linked to the touchscreen, Z.E. Interactive (remote battery charging, remote charge scheduling and remote interior temperature pre-conditioning), 3D digital sound by Arkamys, rear electric windows, bespoke upholstery, a leather-rimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, 16-inch Aerotronic alloy wheels and automatic lights and wipers.
Dynamique Nav Rapid Charge is identically equipped but can be recharged to 80 per cent of capacity in just 30 minutes through a 43kW charge point. The official NEDC range is 130 miles, which translates to a ‘real-world’ range of around 64 miles in cold weather and 93 miles in temperate conditions.
All three grades of ZOE are available to buy as either battery hire or full purchase ‘ZOE i’ versions.
All our own work – Renault’s class-leading new motor
The R240 motor, engineered by Renault over an eight-year period and manufactured at the company’s Cléon factory in Normandy, extends operating range by almost 15 per cent to a class-leading 149 miles in the New European Driving Cycle. It gives ZOE a real-world range of 71 to 106 miles, depending on driving style, the use of electrical features like air conditioning, the season and where the car is being driven. It is fundamental to Renault’s strategy of improving the range and performance of electric vehicles by advancing battery and motor technology.
It features integrated rather than stacked modules, with reduced gaps and no external power cables so that it is more compact. It also has a simplified air-cooling system and a three-in-one junction box incorporating the Chameleon™ charger and power electronics to form a single unit called the Power Electronic Controller. In the R240 motor this is the only part which is water-cooled.
The result is a 10 per cent reduction in size with no loss of performance, and with reduced energy consumption and faster charge times. This makes it especially suitable for use in smaller cars. The Chameleon™ charger has also been reworked for use with the R240 motor.
Both motors develop a maximum output of 65kW (88hp) and near-instantaneous maximum torque of 220Nm available in less than one-hundredth of a second. They deliver identical driving performance, with 0-30mph attainable in around four seconds and 0-50mph in 8.6 seconds.
The decision to offer two motors comes about because Renault has identified distinct types of use among its EV customers. Many have regular driving patterns, and will therefore appreciate the increased range and reduced charging requirements with the R240 motor. But others are less predictable in the way they use their car. For them, ultimate range is usually not a handicap – but they need the ability to rapid-charge to 80 per cent of battery capacity in the shortest possible time on occasions.
In an increasing electric vehicle market in the UK that was up 83.0 per cent in the first half of the year compared to 2014, sales of Renault’s electric vehicle range, comprising of ZOE, Twizy and Kangoo Z.E., rose by 145.9 per cent across the same period, with 949 EVs sold. ZOE contributed strongly to this performance, with 767 examples of the all-electric hatchback being sold – a 244.0 per cent increase on the first six months of 2014.
New three-model Twizy line-up
For Twizy, Expression replaces the former Urban version and Dynamique takes the place of Technic in the line-up while the Cargo remains unchanged. There have been minor changes to colours, trims and wheels.
Expression comes as standard with a driver airbag, a single-speed automatic transmission, range and eco-score indicators, regenerative braking, a battery gauge and econometer, a 31-litre lockable storage area behind the rear seat, all-round disc brakes, a drive and speed display, an engine immobiliser, 13-inch Grey Snowflake wheel trims, an adjustable front seat with built-in headrest, a quick-demist heated windscreen, a lockable steering column, four-point front and three-point rear seatbelts and a lateral wind deflector.
Dynamique supplements this with 13-inch Diamond alloy wheels in Gloss Black, Flame Orange or Urban Blue and a choice of 14 two-tone colour collections for the wheel arches, seat covers and mirror housings.
The Cargo version of Twizy dispenses with the rear seat, expanding the carrying capacity to 180 litres with a lockable storage area – sufficient for commercial applications such as urban area deliveries or for carrying equipment or tools."
ZOE TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Model Power kW (hp) Torque Nm NEDC range (miles) Real-world range (miles, Winter/Summer) Expression Nav 65 (88) 220 149 71 / 106 Dynamique Nav 65 (88) 220 149 71 / 106 Dynamique Nav Rapid Charge 65 (88) 220 130 62 / 93
ZOE OWNERSHIP INFORMATION
Model CO2 (g/km) BIK (band %) VED (band) Insurance group Expression Nav 0 5% A TBC Dynamique Nav 0 5% A TBC Dynamique Nav Rapid Charge 0 5% A TBC
ZOE PRICING (On The Road, after Government Plug-in Car Grant)
Model Price OTR Expression Nav £13,445 Dynamique Nav £15,045 Dynamique Nav Rapid Charge £15,545 i Expression Nav £18,445 i Dynamique Nav £20,045 i Dynamique Nav Rapid Charge £20,545
TWIZY TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Model Power kW (hp) Torque Nm NEDC range (miles) Real-world range (miles, Winter/Summer) Expression 13 (17) 57 60 45 / 50 Dynamique 13 (17) 57 60 45 / 50 Cargo 13 (17) 57 60 45 / 50
TWIZY OWNERSHIP INFORMATION
Model CO2 (g/km) BIK (band %) VED (band) Insurance group Expression 0 5% A 10 Dynamique 0 5% A 11 Cargo 0 5% A 11
TWIZY PRICING (On The Road)
Model Price Expression £6,895 Dynamique £7,595 Cargo £7,795