The new Renault ZOE is ready to compete with new contenders like the Peugeot e-208 and its Opel/Vauxhall Corsa-e derivatives, as well as some VWs.

Fully Charged was present at the unveiling of the third-generation Renault ZOE Z.E. 50 in France in June, but as it sometimes happens, it took some time to edit and release the episode.

Renault presented several trims of the new ZOE to showcase exterior and interior design. Fully Charged's Jonny Smith noted it's familiar to the previous generation, but improved - especially in the front (modified face and LED lights) and inside with new 10-inch digital dashboard display and vertical infotainment touchscreen. It seems also that the materials in the new ZOE are better.

The new ZOE is also a much better EV with a higher battery capacity (52 kWh), more range (up to 390 km/242 miles WLTP), DC charging capability (up to 50 kW), higher power motor (100 kW) and better acceleration.

First test drives and reviews are expected any time now as the new ZOE is scheduled for market launch this Autumn.

Renault ZOE R135 specs (see full description here):

  • 52 kWh lithium-ion battery (air-cooled)
  • Battery pack: 400 V nominal, 192 cells, 10 modules, 326 kg of weight, 160 Wh/kg
  • up to 390 km (242 miles) of WLTP range
  • 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 10 seconds
  • 80-120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) in 7.1 seconds
  • top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph)
  • R135 electric motor: 100 kW of peak power and 245 Nm of peak torque
  • R110 electric motor (option): 80 kW of peak power and 225 Nm of peak torque
  • DC fast charging using CCS Combo 2, up to 50 kW
  • AC charging of up to 22 kW (3-phase)

Video Description via Fully Charged on YouTube:

Renault ZOE Z.E50 all-electric hatchback / zero emission city car 2019 - 4k review | Fully Charged

***Since this was shot, Renault have released some updates on the figures quoted in this episode, most notably the range of this Renault ZOE Z.E50 is now confirmed at 245 miles WLTP standardised cycle ( ? 394 km) and the acceleration from 50 - 75 mph (or 80 - 120 km/h) is 7.1 seconds.

[This represents an increase of 31% in range from the previous 2nd generation model (Z.E 40) that had a range of 186 miles ( ? 300 km) WLTP.]***

The Renault ZOE has always been a favourite affordable EV of Fully Charged and we're not alone as apparently "cumulative sales" make it the most common EV in Europe.

It might not look it, but this 3rd generation model is the latest, fastest, most rangey Renault ZOE all-electric hatchback. Crucially more of a techlift than a facelift; a 52kWh battery pack replaced the 40kWh, bringing a WLTP calculated range of 245 miles ( ? 394 km) - a 31% increase in range for this new Renault EV.

No test drives have been made of the new Renault ZOE Z.E50 electric supermini yet, but Jonny Smith heads to Paris, France, in another 4k review for the Fully Charged Show to explore the vastly improved dashboard, connectivity, 50kW fast charge ability and minor exterior tweakage of this already impressive and relatively cheap electric car.

According to Renault:

"UK pricing and specification details will be out in the coming weeks".

"Fully Charged are driving the car on the International Press Launch at the end of October".

"New ZOE arrives in the UK showrooms from late Autumn".

Gallery: Renault Zoe studio