The new Renault ZOE brings more battery capacity, range, power, acceleration and charging options (AC and DC).
As expected, Renault unveiled today an all-new third-generation Renault ZOE, which is better than its predecessor in all ways.
The French subcompact was significantly restyled on the exterior and the outcome is very positive we think. The new LED headlights (standard across the range) are now interestingly integrated into the front bar, which moves towards the logo/charging port door. Overall, the new ZOE looks more dynamic and there are cool new colors to choose from.
The interior also was heavily redesigned and now seems to be a much simpler, cleaner design. Renault boasts a 10-inch TFT instrument cluster, EASY LINK multimedia system, premium interior materials (soft touch plastics), 100% recycled seat trim on Iconic model and wireless smartphone charging option.
The new Z.E. 50 battery
New ZOE will be available with new Z.E. 50 battery pack, which holds… 52 kWh of usable capacity (26.8% more compared to the 41 kWh previously in the Z.E. 40). The pack is still actively air cooled using a fan, so no liquid cooling.
Range of the new ZOE to be 390 km (242 miles) under the WLTP test cycle, compared to 300 km (186 miles) previously (30% more).
R135 electric motor
The new R135 electric motor in ZOE can deliver up to 100 kW of power and 245 Nm of torque, compared to 80 kW and 225 Nm previously.
Higher output translates into quicker acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) in 7.1 seconds, 2.2 seconds better than previously.
Interestingly, the old 80 kW R110 motor still will be available as an entry-level option.
DC and AC charging using CCS Combo 2 inlet
The big change for Renault is the first implementation of DC fast charging in ZOE. Through CCS Combo 2 inlet, ZOE can charge:
Overall, the fast charging shouldn’t take more than an hour.
Moreover, Renault introduced a stronger regenerative braking mode B, that “allows single pedal driving” most of the time, although not to the full stop we heard.
The charging will be easier using real-time charging information through the EASY CONNECT app.
The new version brings also set of safety features like the Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Auto High/Low beam headlamps (AHL).
All in all, this is the best ZOE ever made and hopefully will enable Renault to further leverage the EV market in the subcompact segment. The segment, which with the latest PSA’s EVs (Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa-e) sees increasing competition and progress.
Below you can find a lot of new images/photos and the first set of videos of the ZOE.
Renault ZOE R135 specs: