Published on June 26th, 2022 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Renault Zoe Remains The Best Value Electric Car
But only rich Malaysians can afford an electric car right now.
With increased power and range, a host of technological improvements and distinctive new looks, this latest version of the Renault ZOE which was launched two years ago in Europe is more desirable than ever.
Launched as a concept car in 2009, then rolled out for mass production in 2012, Renault ZOE’s customer community and fan base grows every day.
The launch of the third generation of Renault’s flagship vehicle in its 100 percent electric range is a major milestone in Renault’s commitment to large scale electric vehicle development.
Seven years after the release of its best-selling predecessors, New ZOE has evolved in versatility, quality and technology to offer superior features while still remaining affordable.
Interestingly, Renault has sold more than 300,000 electric vehicles in Europe. At the same time, more than 100,000 Renault ZOE have been registered in France. This doubling underlines Renault’s leadership on the European electric market and the continuous growth of its sales in this sector since 2010.
On the outside, the New ZOE continues to deliver distinctive and fresh design, while the interior has been completely overhauled, with a fully redesigned instrument panel and dashboard for improved comfort.
Under the skin the New Renault ZOE gets a powerful 52 kWh battery that delivers a range of up to 242 miles (WLTP). However, how can the capacity of a battery be increased without making it bigger?
The challenge for Renault engineers was to boost the energy density of the battery, that is to say the ratio of the amount of energy it is able to store to the volume it occupies once fully assembled.
To improve the range of the New ZOE, Renault’s engineering wing worked specifically with their supplier, LG Chem, on the shape and arrangement of the lithium-ion cells that make up the battery. Their collaborative work showed that it is possible to increase the storage density by developing cells that are slightly higher than usual.
There are also more recharging options, including the introduction of an optional direct current (DC) charger. And with the availability of a muscular 100 kW motor on GT Line models, the New ZOE offers even more driving pleasure.
Elsewhere, the New ZOE is equipped with many innovative features. The Renault EASY CONNECT services deliver increased connectivity, plus there are extra driving aids, a 10-inch TFT instrument cluster, the Renault EASY LINK multimedia system and a new B Mode, which has been perfected for urban driving. All have been designed to make everyday driving easier and more enjoyable.
And as a pioneer and leader in electric mobility in Europe, Renault has unparalleled knowledge of the needs and expectations of this booming market.