Renault ZOE - Now with 400 km* range (NEDC)
The Paris Motor Show is not yet upon us, but that hasn't stopped Renault's media department in the Netherlands from spilling the details on the updated ZOE ZE 40.
We expect a new higher range ZOE will propel sales higher (all-time through June)
The new edition of the ZOE comes with 41 kWh of batteries on board, good for 400 km/248 miles of range in the R90 (ex-R240)/non-base trim. Renault notes an expected real world range of ~300 km (186 miles).
Renault says that the new offering will be on sale from October 1st. The older edition (22 kWh/Entry) will still be available. Best of all, the extra battery only adds about 2,500 Euros of cost!
As a point of reference, the current max range of the Entry ZOE with a 22 kWh battery is rated at 240 km (150 miles) NEDC.
The new/larger battery ZOE sees its motor power output at 65 kW/88hp over the base car's 57 kW/77 hp.
The new 41 kWh battery is developed with LG Chem, and takes up the same space inside the EV as previous editions, and also weighs about the same.
2016 Renault ZOE Swiss Edition (limited edition)
"This has been achieved by optimizing the composition of the cells, with the aim to increase the energy density in place of extra battery modules. This new technology also does not have any effect on the reliability and the safety of the battery."
"In addition to the increased storage capacity (that has) increased range of the ZOE, is also the attention that has been paid to the integration of the battery in the car. The electronic management system of the battery to optimize energy use while driving, while the new air circulation system keeps the temperature of the battery at a constant level so that the ZOE in all circumstances as efficiently as possible."
New Renault ZOE Lineup
"The time required for charging the a.e. 40 battery is similar to that of a standard battery. So it only takes 30 minutes to 80 km driving range to recharge via one of the many public charging points in Europe"
Quickcharge option is also available (Q-series cars). We assume the standard 22 kW three phase is still in play on all models, and 43 kW quickcharge option.
In the Netherlands, pricing is listed from 29,390 Euros for the Entry/22 kWh version, and 31,890 for the Life/41 kWh edition. Here is the full pricing breakdown of the lineup with and without battery hire:
2017 Renault Zoe Pricing Netherlands
Of course, when Renault officially releases the new ZOE ZE 40 (likely early on Thursday morning), we will have all the additional quotes, photos and specs one can handle.
Hat tip to Adrian W/Markus H!