The Renault ZOE once again shines at the What Car? Awards in the UK, receiving the title of Best Electric Car under £20,000 for the fourth consecutive year. We suppose this means one of two things:
A) the ZOE is a really great EV offering or, B) the competition is really terrible.
The ZOE also won the Best Electric Car overall, and was a finalist for the Technology Award.
As compared to previous years, it was easier to receive the accolade for the 2017 edition because of the new battery upgrade found in the ZOE ZE 40, which increases the real world range of the car to a very impressive 300 km (186 miles).
As of today, Renault has sold more than 4,500 ZOE in UK.
"The Renault ZOE, fitted with the new Z.E.40 battery, has been recognised for the fourth consecutive year by What Car? as ‘Best Electric Car’, as well as ‘Best Electric Car for less than £20,000’ at an awards ceremony in London yesterday evening. The new ZOE which was also a finalist in the Technology Award provides almost double the previous storage capacity, delivering a 250-mile range (NEDC) whilst retaining fast charging times at an accessible price."
Renault ZOE Z.E. 40
Commenting on the decision to award the ZOE for a fourth consecutive year, Steve Huntingford, Editor, What Car? said:
“Given the rate of progress in this class during the past 12 months, this win shows just how much this recent update has improved the ZOE. Renault has kept everything that was already great about the ZOE: its practicality, tidy handling and standard kit.
Plus, while range is up dramatically, price isn’t. And to include many of the latest comfort and infotainment features as well as fast charging at this price makes the ZOE a truly brilliant all-rounder.”
Paul Flanagan, Managing Director, Renault UK, said of the result:
“The new 2017 model year Renault ZOE now delivers the best range of any mainstream electric vehicle which, along with interior and exterior upgrades, continues to prove that zero emissions vehicles can be stylish, practical and comfortable. We’re delighted that What Car? has recognised the ZOE’s talents for the fourth year in a row by naming it their best electric car of the year.”
Renault ZOE offer lineup in the UK:
ZOE version Battery Charge Time (0-80%, 43kW chargepoint) Charge Time (0-100%, 7kW at home) Range (miles)(Winter) Range (miles)(Summer) Range (miles)(NEDC) Expression Nav R90 22kW 22kWh 1h00 4h00 71 106 149 Dynamique Nav R90 Z.E.40 41kWh 1h40 7h25 124 186 250 Dynamique Nav Q90 Z.E.40 41kWh 1h 05 8h25 112 174 230 Signature Nav R90 Z.E.40 41kWh 1h 40 7h25 124 186 250 Signature Nav Q90 Z.E.40 41kWh 1h 05 8h25 112 174 230
Ownership Information & Pricing
ZOE version BIK (band %) Range (NEDC miles) VED (band) Ins. group Price (after PiCG)* Expression Nav R90 22kW 7% 149 A TBC £13,995 Dynamique Nav R90 Z.E.40 7% 250 A TBC £17,845 Dynamique Nav Q90 Z.E.40 7% 230 A TBC £18,595 Signature Nav R90 Z.E.40 7% 250 A TBC £19,895 Signature Nav Q90 Z.E.40 7% 230 A TBC £20,645
*= plus monthly battery lease
Ownership Information & Pricing – Full Purchase
ZOE version BIK (band %) Range (NEDC miles) VED (band) Ins. group Price (after PiCG) iExpression Nav R90 22kW 7% 149 A TBC £18,995 iDynamique Nav R90 Z.E.40 7% 250 A TBC £23,445 iDynamique Nav Q90 Z.E.40 7% 230 A TBC £24,195 iSignature Nav R90 Z.E.40 7% 250 A TBC £25,495 iSignature Nav Q90 Z.E.40 7% 230 A TBC £26,245