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Renault‘s next step in its electrification plans after the all-new Clio is a second generation Zoe EV, and disguised prototypes have been caught on the road for the first time. 

Set to arrive after the Clio towards the end of next year or early in 2020, the new Zoe is expected to use a bespoke EV platform shared across the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. That’s instead of sharing its platform with the current Nissan Leaf, which uses an adapted version of the original 2011 Leaf’s platform. 

The bespoke electric platform, which will be used for all forthcoming small to medium-sized EVs, will allow greater battery capacity for a range target of 250 miles under the new, more real-world WLTP testing regime. That’s a match for the latest Zoe R110’s NEDC range claim, which is claimed to be around 190 miles in the real-world.

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The first spyshots to emerge show prototypes testing with the usual body camouflage. However, we can clearly see that the Zoe’s overall profile won’t change dramatically, with detail changes including a front-end more in-line with the upcoming Clio, LED lighting and a curvier rear-end shape. The roof appear to have humps running the length of it, but that may be part of the car’s disguise.

Inside, we will see much taken from the upcoming Clio, with a boost in quality expected alongside a larger, portrait-oriented central touchscreen. Don’t expect huge increases in space, however, as the current car (launched in 2013) is already longer and taller than today’s Clio. 

Pricing for the new Zoe is a long way off being announced, but it’s likely Renault will try to keep at the same level to sustain its popularity as one of the most affordable EVs on the market. Multiple variants with differing power outputs, EV ranges and equipment levels could be offered, allowing Renault to keep at the car’s current price point but upsell buyers to pricier variants.

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Sundym

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Lease

Yea I always thought the leasing part was crazy and will be dropped sometime.

What happens when you sell it, the car gets stolen or you just stop paying it (do they come and take the battery out?)

typos1 – Just can’t respect opinion

Sundym

Lease

Yea I always thought the leasing part was crazy and will be dropped sometime.

What happens when you sell it, the car gets stolen or you just stop paying it (do they come and take the battery out?)

Really good question , even trading it can be an issue as the dealer taking it will have to pay the fee while it sits on the forecourt waiting to be sold . We paid £6k for an immaculate one year old with 6k miles for a reason ! Fully anticipating getting bugger all back in 4 years , however compared to what most folk pay in pcp’s in a year that still works out ahead of the curve ! Hoping Renault will just quietly drop the fee .

LP in Brighton

The battery lease con

Let’s be honest, battery leasing was introduced to disguise the high purchase price of EVs – and to reasure nervous buyers that there would no issue with ever having to replace a very expensive battery. But it complicates purchase of a used EV with many advertisers not declaring the additional cost of battery rental.

To my mind the whole car should either be purchased outright, or available to lease. Having bits of the car owned by the customer and another part owned by the manufacturer doesn’t make sense. Imagine purchasing a regular car with the engine leased at extra cost!

On the subject of used EVs, I get the distinct impression that values are now on the rise. Perhaps finally drivers are warming to the isea of electric propulsion and demand is finally catching up with supply?   

Bill Lyons

What is ‘Range’?

Until there is an industry standard along the lines of mpg calculations (i.e. urban, combined, extra urban etc) buyers will continue to have the wool pulled over their eyes. Somewhat stunned when Fifth Gear calculated the new Nissan Leaf only had a range one quarter of the advertised range when travelling at motorway speeds.

Halcyon

What?

Until there is an industry standard along the lines of mpg calculations (i.e. urban, combined, extra urban etc) buyers will continue to have the wool pulled over their eyes. Somewhat stunned when Fifth Gear calculated the new Nissan Leaf only had a range one quarter of the advertised range when travelling at motorway speeds.

What are you rambling about? There ARE industry standards for measuring electric ranges. For example NEDC and WLTP, which were both mentioned in the article!

 

Bill Lyons

Current standards are not fit for purpose!

If I had bought a Leaf or a Zoe with a 200 mile range and found it could only go 50 or 60 miles on the motorway I would feel I’d been conned. 

Halcyon

Old information

The Fifth Gear calculation you are referring to is from 2010! Electric cars have come a long way since and the battery capacities have nearly doubled. Maybe its time for you to update your facts..

The first generation Leaf you are referring to had a rated range of 73-109 miles (73 miles according to EPA standard and 109 according to NEDC standard). Compared with these figures, the drop in range is not as drastic as you suggest. You can find similar differences in rated mpg and real-life mpg values also from petrol and diesel cars. Even though the new WLTP standard is more realistic, we all know that the rated mpg and electric range values are still too optimistic and have to be taken with a pinch of salt. 

 

xxxx

Opposed

..to the Mercedes C300de Hybrid (reviewed yesterday) with a figure of 177mpg. 

 

typos1 – Just can’t respect opinion

Bill Lyons

Absolutely…

..to the Mercedes C300de Hybrid (reviewed yesterday) with a figure of 177mpg. 

 

The system as it stands allows manufacturers to make all sorts of spurious claims.

 

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