Renault ZOE Could Be Sold In South Korea From 2019

4 months ago by Mark Kane 9

Renault ZOE

According to media reports, Renault is considering launching ZOE sales in South Korea from 2019, exporting it from France.

Renault ZOE

The French manufacturer would take advantage from an expanded charging infrastructure (the new ZOE accepts up to 22 kW through three phase AC) and government subsidies.

“Carmakers have launched an increasing number of electric cars in the South Korean market as the country’s charging infrastructure is improving, and the government is offering a sizable subsidy for electric vehicles.”

As a point of interest, South Korea is also the country from Renault is sourcing lithium-ion batteries made by LG Chem, which would been a two-way trip for the batteries.

Renault Samsung Motors Corp. CEO Park Dong-hoon told Yonhap News Agency:

“We are considering introducing the next-generation Zoe electric car in the South Korean market in 2019, but we need to closely watch the market situations (for the launch of the Zoe electric car),”.

Renault Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E.

Renault Samsung Motors is 80% is owned by Renault, and currently sells the SM3 Z.E. (modified Renault Fluence Z.E.) in South Korea.  However, only 2,536 have been sold since 2014.

“It is mainly sold to companies and individuals on Jeju Island that has a well-established charging infrastructure, a company spokesman said.”

source: Yonhap News Agency

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9 responses to "Renault ZOE Could Be Sold In South Korea From 2019"

  1. Arpe says:

    “We are considering introducing the next-generation Zoe electric car in the South Korean market in 2019”

    I this the current model or actually a new model to be released by 2019?

  2. Someone out there says:

    Surely they will fit a larger battery by 2019?
    Maybe they will ship gliders to Korea and fit the battery there?

    1. Arpe says:

      It just shows how far behind all the big manufactures, when VW, Audi, Mercedes joins the EVs in 2019+ they will do it with their 1st generation.
      While Renault will join with the 3rd generation of the Zoe.

    2. wavelet says:

      There may be a larger battery option 2 years from now, but the existing 41kWh battery is already good for ~300km / just under 200mi real-world range, given it’s a fairly small car.

  3. Surya says:

    “the new ZOE accepts up to 22 kW through three phase AC”
    Actually buyers have a choice of 22kW or 43kW AC charging.

    1. notting says:

      But not e.g. in Germany. The first Zoe had 43kW charging there…

      notting

      1. Surya says:

        The first ZOE had 43kW everywhere, now buyers have the choice in most markets. In some markets only the 22kW charger is offered.

  4. lo says:

    LG Chem (and not Samsung SDI) cells in a Samsung car. *eyebrow*raised*

    Samsung SDI Cells are good enough for BMW i3 and new VW e-golf.

    ” two-way trip for the batteries” – if LG Chem plant in poland is in full operation it is one way. (OR maybe Samsung builds everything in Korea)

    1. Surya says:

      Samsung sold their car division to Renault, and Renault uses LG Chem.

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