Video: Renault Zoe – The Quick Charging EV

JAN 9 2014 BY ELECTRICCARSTV 15

Lately, Renault has been putting out a fair amount of Zoe videos, which indicates to us that perhaps the French automaker is now getting serious in regards to selling what some consider the best cheap EV in the world.

Zoe Grabs a Charge

Zoe Grabs a Charge

This video focuses on the Zoe’s unique charge-anywhere ability.

The Renault Zoe comes with the patented Chameleon charger, which puts to shame all of the other chargers out there.

As Renault states:

“With its simple and fast charging process, the all electric super mini Renault Zoe is one of the best electric cars on the market.”

“Connecting to a rapid charge unit means you can charge the car to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes. Now that is fast!”

That Chameleon charger can fill the Zoe in as little as 30 minutes or up to 9 hours depending on the energy source.  It’s all done with one plug and one port.

The US will never see the Zoe, but it’s perhaps the small, cheap EV we’d all love.

It scored 5 stars in Euro NCAP crash tests.

It’s cheaper than the LEAF, though battery rental is separate in Europe.

And last but not least, the Zoe is more stylish than the LEAF.

Perhaps it would be wise for Nissan to rebrand the Zoe under its name to sell it here in the US.

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15 Comments on "Video: Renault Zoe – The Quick Charging EV"

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Anyone know why the Zoe will never be offered in the USA? Is it just because Renault no longer has established dealers?

Nissan should bring a version over to market under the Leaf as a sub-compact.

” which indicates to us that perhaps the French automaker is ***not*** getting serious in regards to selling what some consider the best cheap EV in the world”

Is that supposed to be ‘now’?

Indeed it is. Fixed… Thanks

Here in Central Europe it seems to me that Renault doesn’t really want to sell the ZOE in a high quantity. I personally know 4 ZOE owners and they are all very happy with it. But Renault does very little advertising. The extraordinary charging abilities are never mentioned, neither by Renault nor by car magazines in their EV comparisons. Strange. And, what surprises most is that it’s not abailable the EV kingdom Norway yet. I really don’t understand. A friend recieved his ZOE two weeks ago after 5 1/2 months waiting time.
The product is good though. It really can be charged in less than an hour with a 800 Euro wallbox in a normal single family house.

The Zoe is more expensive than the Leaf in Europe when counting the total cost. It having a cheaper price tag at the dealer (+battery charge every month) doesn’t make it cheaper. Just like an ICE with a bit lesser price tag than an EV isn’t cheaper (even though some people might still be fooled to think so).

I think more stylish is very subjective. That is not reporting.

Something along the lines what some may consider more stylish would be cool beans tho

Aww. Puppy faced car is sooo cute! I want to take one home! 😉

“The Renault Zoe comes with the patented Chameleon charger, which puts to shame all of the other chargers out there”
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Except the Tesla Supercharger which is almost 3X as powerful.

But not at home, even the Model S with double charger can “just” do 22kw, ZOE can do 43kw. But if you need a quick charge at home is another story – I would go with slow at home and fast on the track, so Tesla +1.

While utilities tolerate residential customers who fast charge (commercial and industrial are of no concern because they are billed for it), if too many residential customers actually did fast charge, the whole scenario would be seen as ‘grid hating’ and they’d put severe restrictions on demand, as they did 70 years ago in the States.

I believe while Europeans and Asians do not have demand charges as such, they do have “contracted” usage, which increases the utility’s revenue commensurate with the facilities supplied.

If it was available here I would have probably bought the Zoe instead of my Leaf, not because of the 43kw charger but because the smaller commuter car is what I wanted. I suspect the charger uses 3ph power which is not available in US homes anyway.

The charger is only AC (unlike Chademo, etc.) but can take any power from 3kW to 43KW. I got a free chargepoint (75% paid by government, 25% by Renault) with my ZOE and it’s 7KW.

22KW and above chargers are 3 phase (ZOE doesn’t care) which is fairly common in homes on continental Europe but very unusual in the UK.

Trevor
My blog: MyRenaultZOE.com

What about a Spark EV?

Yes, 3-phase, however if US homeowners want something, they will get it, namely, people who have small garage machine shops in their homes purchase a phase converter to provide the necessary 3-phase. A simple phase converter and transformer to provide 230Y/400 to charge the ZOE at 63 amps would be possible in the states for anyone with a 225-400 amp single phase service, and rotary phase converter/ transformer.