Saturday 25 November 2017

First Drive: Renault ZOE brings many world firsts to Ireland

Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

To be seen and not heard has always been a rule, but Renault have taken this age-old mantra and put a modern twist on it.

The electric super-mini ZOE cruised almost-silently into the capital for its Irish launch. It is Renault’s first  bespoke 100 per cent electric car and it packs a whopping six world firsts into a neat, smart-looking vehicle.

Designed with short, city-driving journeys in mind, the ZOE has a real-world range of between 100km and 150km, the longest range in its category. It is the first production electric vehicle with a range at over 210km. This relies heavily on the driving style and type of weather. While driving, the ‘eco’ button can optimise range by reducing the car’s power.

The vehicle claims to be the first that can be charged within 30 minutes and none hours, depending on the power of the charging station, from just one socket. A plus for the pocket, it can also be fast-charged (and charge up 80 per cent of the battery in 30 minutes) at just a quarter of existing fast-charge systems.

Another world first; the ZOE is the first electric vehicle with prices starting from €17,490. Which is an impressive ‘world first’ but this is before Renault mention the battery rental from €49 a month for 5,000km a year over three years.

However, another plus, the charging process in inexpensive, with your budget considering 20c a unit on-peak and 10c a unit during off-peak hours.

The Renault ZOE launches in Ireland (Photo: Max Earey)
The Renault ZOE launches in Ireland (Photo: Max Earey)
The Renault ZOE launches in Ireland (Photo: Max Earey)
The Renault ZOE launches in Ireland (Photo: Max Earey)
The Renault ZOE launches in Ireland (Photo: Max Earey)
The Renault ZOE launches in Ireland (Photo: Max Earey)
The Renault ZOE launches in Ireland (Photo: Max Earey)
The Renault ZOE launches in Ireland (Photo: Max Earey)

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