Review: Renault Zoe Z.E. 40

During 2016 Paris Motor Show event, the new 2017 Renault ZOE ZE 40 was introduced as it gets the new battery with extended miles ranges with it. While the older edition is using 22 kWh battery with 240 km of miles range, the new 2017 units will get 41 kWh battery pack to reach up to 400 km (250 miles ) of NEDC range. The new battery is developed in close partnership with LG Chem. The battery uses high-energy density lithium-ion technology. Renault ZOE have two engines to choose from: R90 and Q90.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Renault
  • Model: Zoe Z.E. 40
  • First available: May 2012
  • Next Upgrade: January 2017
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 13s
  • Range: 250 miles 400 km
  • Price: $26,460
    Price: €23'600
    Price: £19'895

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • 41 kWh lithium-ion battery called the ZE40
  • Charge time

    • 80 % of battery via public charger – 1 hour 38 minutes
      From 0 to 100%:
    • Domestic socket 2,3kW (10A) 25 hours
    •  Home Wallbox 7,4kW (32A) Included – 7 hours 25 min
    • Quick Charger 43kW (3x62A) – 2 hours 40 minutes
    •  Public Charger :
      – 11kW (3x16A) – 4 hours 30 minutes
      – 22kW (3x32A) – 2 hours 40 minutes

Innovation & Self-driving

  • Carminat TomTom® Z.E. LIVE navigation technology
  • Z.E. Trip app^^
  • R-LINK apps: Z.E. Trip, E-mail, Weather, Renault Assistance

1 User Review on “Renault Zoe Z.E. 40”

  1. CarEnthusiast
    European Gas Miser with Long Range
    Zoe Signature Nav - I own this car

    The Renault Zoe first hit the markets way back in 2012 in Europe as a part of the company’s overall electric car initiative. When originally released, the Zoe came with a single 22 kWh battery that gave the car a maximum range of around 93 miles. Renault listened to their customers and added a second battery that increased the range to 150 miles. The Zoe I took for a drive during a recent trip to France sported the company’s newest 41 kWh battery that ups the range in the ZE 40 model to a maximum of 250 miles. This translates into a more realistic 180-190 miles. The base models still come with the 22 kWh batteries, which is why I test drove the ZE 40 model.

    Don’t get me wrong, that is a long way to go on a single charge and one of the best ratings of any all-electric cars on the road. How long the batteries will last depends on several things, including the time of year as you will see a dramatic reduction in maximum range during the winter when you are using the heater/defroster.

    One of the best things about an all-electric vehicle, and the one that impresses me the most is the instant torque. The Zoe offers a full 166 pound-feet of torque that kicks in the moment you step on the pedal. When you add in the compact size of the Zoe, this translates into a car that is ideal for zipping around town. The single ratio automatic transmission offers smooth linear power delivery and makes the entire driving experience fun and relaxing at the same time.

    With a zero to 62 miles per hour time of about thirteen and a half seconds, you aren’t going to win any races, but then the Zoe is more about zero emissions than speed. However, the 225 Nm of torque will get you off and away from the stop lights in town fast enough.

    I thoroughly enjoyed driving the Zoe I rented around the streets of Marseilles, it had plenty of power from a dead stop at the many traffic lights and more than enough power for out on the highway. The complimentary 7 kW fast charger can fully recharge the battery pack in about 7 hours, however, there is an optional rapid charger available that can significantly reduce this time.



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