Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn and ZOE

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn and ZOE

Carlos Ghosn once again shines at the Paris Motor Show, as French automaker Renault brings forward one of the most important battery upgrades in the EV world for 2017 (or at least for Europe).

The 4-year-old Renault ZOE got a major upgrade with a new Z.E. 40 battery (41 kWh) replacing the old 22 kWh unit in the upper trim levels.

The mileage range gain is more than 75%, up to 400 km (NEDC), or about 200 miles of "real world" driving. A bump that outshines both the recent upgrades found in the Nissan LEAF (30 kWh upgrade) or the BMW i3 (from 22 kWh to 33 kWh).

Renault ZOE, already the best selling all-electric car in Europe in both 2015 and 2016, should now get a major boost as Z.E. 40 comes on the market immediately in October.

The lithium-ion battery supplier for ZOE is still LG Chem, who also grabbed the second most important premiere for a production BEVs - the Opel Ampera-e (Chevrolet Bolt EV) in Paris.

Let's check the live photos and videos from the show.

2017 Renault ZOE quick specs (R90 - longer range, but slower charging):

  • Z.E. 40 - 41 kWh battery (LG Chem) and range of 400 km NEDC (300 km real) / 250 miles NEDC (186 miles real)
  • 22 kW on-board charging (three-phase, Type 2 inlet)
2017 Renault ZOE quick specs (Q90 - faster charging, shorter range):
  • Z.E. 40 - 41 kWh battery (LG Chem) and range of 370 km NEDC (278 km real) / 230 miles NEDC (173 miles real)
  • 43 kW on-board charging (three-phase, Type 2 inlet)
Old Renault ZOE quick spec (R240 - still on the market):
  • 22 kWh battery (LG Chem) and range of 240 km NEDC (170 km real) / 149 miles NEDC (106 miles real)
  • 22 kW on-board charging (three-phase, Type 2 inlet)
 

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