New Renault ZOE arrives in Ireland

Renault Group Ireland has announced pricing and specifications for the new Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 which has the longest range of any mainstream electric vehicle – 400km (NEDC), which Renault estimates as 300km of range in real-world driving.

Fitted with the new Z.E. 40 battery, the ZOE now offers double the NEDC driving range compared with when it was first released. Users no longer need to worry about charging their car as often and can put it to a wider variety of uses. The ZOE’s new driving range also removes the final psychological barrier that stands in the way of buying an electric car – so called ‘range anxiety’.

The new ZOE, which has a 5-star Euro NCAP rating, is now available from €23,490. This price which includes SEAI grant (€5,000) and VRT relief is for the entry Expression Nav version, with a 22 kW/h battery. The Z.E. 40 battery is standard on the Dynamique Nav and top of the range Signature Nav versions, at €27,490 and €29,990.  All ZOE pricing now includes the battery, so there is no need to worry about the additional expense of a battery lease.

The new ZOE is further evidence of Renault’s proactive policy as Europe’s electric vehicle pioneer and number one electric vehicle manufacturer. There are more than 100,000 Renault electric vehicles in Europe today, with more than one in four EVs in Europe a Renault.  Renault has been Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle brand since 2010 and Renault ZOE is Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle.

In addition to being an electric vehicle pioneer, Groupe Renault still stands out as the only car maker to offer a full range of readily affordable all-electric vehicles. Its line-up covers a wide variety of uses, from the ZOE supermini and the Kangoo Z.E. compact van, to the Twizy urban quadricycle.

The new ZOE can be charged quickly thanks to the Renault-patented ChameleonTM smart charger which adapts to the different power levels available at charging points for maximum efficiency and takes just 30 minutes to charge an extra 80Km when the ZOE is plugged into one of the many public charging points available across Ireland and Europe.

The ZOE is also inherently connected and now features some new connected services to make the driver’s everyday life easier. To simplify journeys of all types, Z.E. Trip and Z.E. Pass smartphone applications are part of Renault’s bespoke, innovative connected services to make it easier to charge batteries at public charging points.

The new ZOE Signature version is primarily for customers looking for exclusive features and places the focus firmly on style and elegance. The ZOE Signature can be specified in an exclusive Ytrium Grey finish has new 16-inch diamond-effect Shadow Black wheels, R-Link multimedia navigation,  premium leather upholstery, BOSE® audio, heated front seats and lumbar support for the driver’s seat.

Driving a Renault electric car is a surprising blend of punchy performance and peace and quiet. Acceleration and pickup are brisk from low speeds and there is no engine noise or vibrations.

The ZOE is responsive, easy to handle and enjoyable to drive, with a chassis tailored to the specific characteristics of electric vehicles and specially tuned steering, tyres and shock absorbers.

The R90 electric motor instantly delivers maximum torque of 225Nm, producing brisk acceleration and pickup from low speeds. The car effectively accelerates from a standstill to 50km/h – the normal speed limit in city driving situations – in just four seconds.

Patrick Magee, Country Operations Manager, Renault Group Ireland: “ZOE Z.E. 40’s long range battery gives people real confidence, and makes the electric car a real option for more people than ever. Our 24 hour test drive programme gives customers the chance to experience this confidence for themselves. Ireland is ready for EVs thanks partly to the size of the country, but also the extensive public charging network – and new ZOE is the perfect car to make the most of this.”

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