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Renault’s latest EV: the Zoe 50

Renault’s latest EV: the Zoe 50

Renault’s latest EV: the Zoe 50

A few years ago, I lost what felt like 10kg in one afternoon from sweat and worry about having enough charge in the electric car I was testing. I'll never forget the sense of dread and lower-abdomen tightening when the remaining charge dial dipped like an arrow falling to ground far from its target.

I was attempting to drive from Dublin to Connemara by using public charging points en route, and boosting overnight at the famous Twelve Hotel.

I got there an old man but managed to shed most of the years on the return journey as I was more familiar with it. But it was unsettling. I later endured similar symptoms with a newer version of the car when daring to cross the country on just the one charge.