RENAULT has introduced a new 80kW electric motor on Zoe, its electric hatchback.
The new battery is 12kW more powerful than its predecessor and will feature in all 2018 model year Renault Zoe models
Renault says there are no weight or volume penalties. So put your foot down in the Zoe and the car is much more accelerative and responsive at higher speeds.
Even better, despite better on-road performance, there are no company car tax downsides. The Zoe, with zero emissions, is rated in the 13% company car tax band for 2018/19.
With the company car tax changes in 2020/21, this will drop to just 5%.
- Did you know? Zoe was Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle in 2017
Elisabeth Delval, Assistant Programme Director, Renault ZOE, said:
“Thanks to this power boost, ZOE is even more responsive and versatile when used for journeys out of town. In addition to being able to enjoy the pleasure of driving a ZOE, drivers will also benefit from the longest range available for a mass-market electric car.”
Android Auto for Zoe
Android Auto-enabled R-LINK Evolution will be available for 2018-model-year Zoe, which means drivers will be able to display driving-compatible Android applications stored on their smartphone (including Waze, Deezer, Spotify, TuneIn, Skype, Messenger, Audible and many others available from Google Play Store) on their car’s multimedia screen.
Purple pack interior option
The 2018 model-year Zoe range features a stylish new dark metallic purple body colour: Aconite. Available from the Dynamique Nav version, the Zoe can also be specified with the new Purple Interior Pack which includes a violet satin finish for the dashboard trim strip and air vent, gear lever base, loudspeaker surrounds, top stitching along with black and violet fabric upholstery.
Ordering a Zoe with more zap
This will happen in the spring says Renault when prices will be announced. Customer deliveries are expected by summer 2018.
More detail on the new R110 motor
The new R110 motor in 2018 MY Zoe replaces the R90. It is the latest in Renault’s electric motor development and production strategy and is further evidence of its expertise as Europe’s number one electric vehicle manufacturer.
The R110 has been created specifically by Renault – an evolution of the R90, developed in just two years – and is made at the Cléon plant in Normandy having been designed by engineers based at both the Renault Technocentre and Cléon.
In addition to carrying over the R90’s outstanding energy efficiency, the R110 packs a combination of electrical machine- and power electronics-related innovations that have yielded an extra 12kW with no increase in either weight or volume.