Renault Cléon Adds 100 New Jobs To Accompany New ZOE Electric Motor

MAY 13 2015 BY MARK KANE 20

Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE

Renault soon will begin deliveries of ZOE R240, with 240 km (149 miles) range on NEDC, instead of 210 km on the Q210 version (both will be available).

The new R240 powetrain for the ZOE will be manufactured in Cléon, France and Renault just revealed that 100 jobs will be added to the plant to accompany the new product.

For Renault, it’s new ground as previously motors were supplied from 3rd parties.

Cost on this is some €50 million.

100 jobs created

By creating 100 new jobs, the Cléon plant is reinforcing its skills to meet high commercial demand from the Alliance partners. These permanent positions will go to candidates in a range of occupational categories and having varied qualification levels, from vocational training certificates to two-year post-baccalauréat diplomas.

This job creation program follows a training plan developed in 2012, which features approximately 6,000 hours of training in preparation for the production of the R 240. The plan includes general theoretical training on the electric engine for all players involved in the project as well as technical training on the machines, in cooperation with the suppliers, for operators and maintenance staff.

Renault’s acquired electrotechnical expertise serving the alliance

Cléon has been leveraging its experience for a little more than two years with the production of the ZOE Junction Box, the system developed by Renault Technocentre engineers that manages the car’s energy transfers. The Cléon plant has mastered the assembly of electronic modules and gained invaluable experience for the production of the powerful R 240 electric engine. This expertise has made it possible to extend the ZOE’s range to 240 kilometres[1] – a boost of 30 kilometres – and will also benefit Alliance partners.

For the comparable common components of Renault and Nissan engines, the engineering and operating teams drew inspiration from Nissan’s experience in producing the LEAF engine. Cléon also gained from the expertise of local businesses that manufacture electric engines for other purposes.”

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20 Comments on "Renault Cléon Adds 100 New Jobs To Accompany New ZOE Electric Motor"

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This is great news, hopefully it means that we might see this in the Leaf. I am not sure if it is only the motor that makes the difference as the Zoe is much smaller but the Leaf NEDC range is 200 km and it has an extra 2 kWh in the pack. This motor assembly also allows very fast AC charging which would be nice.

10-20% range boost and fast AC charging would be a welcome mid-model up grade to the Leaf.

Actually the Renault Zoe has more battery capacity than the Nissan Leaf. The Leaf has 21KWh usable, the old Zoe had 22KWh usable and the new one has 23,3KWh.

The new Zoe’s motor is also more efficient than the old one, that was extremely inefficient for speeds above 100km/h.

Battery specs for Zoe Q210 and R240 are the same (22kWh). The 20 km real life range boost are only due to motor efficiency. And leaf battery pack is 24kWh, no?

Hello Poupou33!

The Nissan Leaf’s battery is 24KWh, but only 21KWh usable.

The old Zoe battery is estimated to be 26KWh and 22KWh usable.

The new Zoe has 23,3KWh usable battery, this information is official and is published in the Renault Norway website.

The increased range in the R240 is achieved by the more efficient motor and more battery capacity 😉

By the way, I and many members in Portuguese EVs forums are reading with much attention your tests of the R240 in the French Renault Zoe forum. Thanks for your work!

I’m very curious to know if the new chameleon charger is more silent when charging. That was a big problem in the old one.

Indeed commercial (usable) capacity is 22 kW but all Zoé (even 1st generation) have 105~106% of this capacity at the beginning. That’s why my two years old Zoe is still at 100% (22kW). But I’m sur there’s no different battery capacity between old and new motor.

Are you saying Renault Norway is lying?


“The range is increased to 240km (NEDC) thanks to new electric motor R240 and new 23.3 kWh battery”

LG Chem battery is new, in both Chevrolet Volt 2016 and Renault Zoe R240. There was an increase in the cell’s energy density from 148Wh/kg to 173Wh/kg. That’s a fact, not an opinion.

Renault Samnsung SM3 ZE has same battery as ZOE.

74 Ah, 360V, 26,64 kWh (gross).

ZOE R240 use 23,3 kWh (net).

I couldn’t get more than 16kwh from LEAFs battery.
Existing Zoe in very efficient until you reach 60kmh after that consumption exponentialy goes up.
Chameleon an inegrated charger and motor controller system is probably a compromise but first mass market solution of the type. R240 probably solved this higher speed inefficiency and if the total vehicle consumption is lowered from 16kwh/100km to 14 than this additional range is achieved with existing battery.

much smaller? Really? Look it up. Inside space is very similar.

I want a, not that kind

Is the time not right for a simple 2 speed thing for better highway efficiency?

It would also lower RPMs back to the better torque zone of the curve for REALLY high speeds.

Golf GTE uses 6 speed DSG gear box and it’s not what you wish for an electric drive (jerky and noisy).


I’m not seeing a big use case for this new engine as the cars with this engine cannot quick charge. The max is 22 kw. I really like the zoe but the q210 is a way better option..

But the 43 kW AC charging stations are very rare and will likely not be supported in the future, as the ZOE is/was the only car to make use of more than 43 kW AC.

So the R240 is the better choice, also because the built-in charger is much more efficient at slow overnight charging with 3 kW, which is the most common scenario for a limited urban BEV, as the ZOE is.

In reality 22 kW is quite OK for a 22 kWh battery pack. With 43 kW anyway the power reduces when the SOC increases, so in reality charging is by far not twice as fast.

I won’t argue with you about the overnight charging but I live in the Netherlands and there are enough 43 kw a charging stations here to get around. I thought ac charging doesn’t taper it a high SOC though? I could be wrong about that though. Also here around rotterdam I see more zoes then leafs. So I don’t think the 43kw are going away soon.

There are spelling errors in the above post. It’s because of typing with autocorrect on a smart phone.

Taper is unrelated to the type of charger. It is needed to avoid damage to battery.


People think that charging to 100% in 43KW is twice as fast that 22KW, but that’s not true.

Still, there’s a rumor on deutsch forum that the new R240 will be allowed to charge at 43KW with an software update, a bit like Tesla… only a rumor by now.

I think that in the future in Europe new electric cars will be capable to charge at 22KW with AC and 100KW by DC, this will be the standard. Having a more powerful internal charger than 22KW is not a good idea because of the heat it generates inside the car and the problems it can cause to the battery.

I charge My Zoe in 20-25 minutes to 100%. With the new one, I would have to wait 1 hour.

Don’t see the benefit of the new Zoe. We need more 44kw charging stations, not more range in the cars. 22kw battery with 210 km range is perfect.

In England 43kW chargers way out number 22kW chargers. The dropping of 43kW charging seems to be a real step backwards. Home chargers are generally 7kW not 3kW. I would not have purchased my ZOE if it didn’t have a 30 minute charge capability. The extra range might suit some. It will be interesting to see if they sell many of the R240’s here.