Renault Zoe charging into the UK for an electric debut
AN ELECTRIC car which has a range of 120 miles may be a pipe-dream for some manufacturers but for Renault it is a reality.
The neat little five-seater Zoe is capable of just that and possibly more for those with a steady right foot and well-developed observation skills.
It is due into the UK in June at the seemingly reasonable price of £13,995. It is only seemingly reasonable because there are one or two add-ons which make it a little less affordable.
First is the battery which is not bought outright but leased.
As when buying a car on the never-never, the cost of leasing will depend upon the predicted mileage per annum and the length of the contract. A three-year deal amounts to £70 per month at the very least.
Travel more than 7,500 miles on an annual basis or opt for a shorter contract and there’ll not be much change from £100 a month.
This is an inescapable cost but Renault says that hiring out the battery means it is readily replaceable.
Then there is the charging box which every buyer has to have.
For most it will be fitted free because, unlike some electric cars, the Zoe requires a dedicated charging point. Renault has done a deal with British Gas which it says 90 per cent of customers will benefit from.
The remaining 10 per cent may have to pay for an earthing spike or additional cabling for garages at the bottom of the garden for example.
One colleague in a threeyear-old house, after the inevitable cheek sucking, was quoted £500 for the spike.
Is a special charger really necessary you may ask. Some electric vehicles will power up via a domestic power point but there have been reported problems of fused lights and interrupted supply which the Renault plan avoids.
In addition. it allows owners to fire up using supercharge which will give 80 per cent top-up in less than an hour.
ELECTRIC DREAMS: The Zoe, above and top, Renault’s electric hatchback which can be yours for £13,995 – but not the battery.