ZOE is Renault’s solution to Zero Emission mobility for all. In addition to being a first class choice for everyday use and readily affordable (from just €15,7003) ZOE is the first pure-electric car to be designed from the ground up as such. ZOE is packed with the latest technology and boasts no fewer than six world premieres geared to enhancing user-friendliness, range and connectivity. For the first time, the conditions necessary for the widespread roll-out of electric vehicles are well and truly in place.
ZOE’s final design is being world-premiered at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Designed as a pure-electric car from the ground up, ZOE is a compact hatchback with sleek, fluid lines. Its agile, dynamic looks express driving enjoyment, while its signature headlights feature LEDs that permanently light up recesses situated either side of the front air intake. Like Twingo and Twizy, ZOE features the Renault brand’s new design identity.
In terms of autonomy, Renault has developed the ‘Range OptimiZEr’, that combines three major innovations (new-generation regenerative braking, a heat pump and MICHELIN EnergyTM E-V tires). Due to this, the range of ZOE is the highest of the electric vehicles in mass production. In the NEDC cycle, ZOE is homologated with a range of 210km. In real conditions, for example, in suburban use, the owner will generally achieve around 100km in cold weather and 150km in temperate conditions.
New-generation regenerative braking recovers practically all of the energy otherwise wasted during braking, without any significant impact on ZOE’s on-road dynamics. The car offers a perfectly smooth drive with no jarring electric motor braking.
The heat pump provides excellent thermal comfort without detracting from the vehicle’s range. This system, which operates in the same way as reverse-cycle air-conditioning, consumes very little electricity. It produces warm or cool air by simply reversing the cycle of operation. The heat pump generates approximately 2kW of cooling or 3kW of heat with just 1kW of electricity. The cabin temperature is also more constant since it is not affected by the heat given off by the motor.
The MICHELIN EnergyTM E-V tyre is a Michelin innovation co-developed with Renault as a world premiere for ZOE. The tyre features enhanced energy efficiency to maximise vehicle range. Its rubber compound, tread design and sidewalls have been engineered to withstand ZOE’s high torque and address the specific demands of electric vehicles, yet it still delivers the same safety and handling performance as all other Michelin tires. Available in 15- and 16-inch versions, this tyre is fitted to all ZOE models as original equipment.
ZOE is the only electric vehicle to feature the Caméléon charger. Patented by Renault, this charger is compatible with all power levels up to 43kW. Charging batteries at a charging station can take between 30 minutes and nine hours. For example, ZOE can be charged in an hour at 22kW. This intermediate power level extends battery life and puts less pressure on the power grid than the fast-charging of batteries at 43kW.
The Chameleon charger allows fast-charging at charging stations at a quarter of the cost. Fast-charging stations are currently equipped with high-power chargers. Now that the Caméléon charger is fitted to the vehicle, there is no longer any need for chargers at charging stations. New fast-charging stations will be opened which are easier and more cost-effective.
Renault ZOE is the first Renault vehicle to be presented with Renault R-Link, Renault's brand-new integrated, connected multimedia system. To enable drivers to control its functions without taking their eyes off the road, R-Link features a large seven-inch display, steering wheel-mounted controls and speech recognition. R-Link also delivers integrated connectivity with motoring services and applications available from the R-Link Store. When released, R-Link Store will offer more than 50 applications adapted for life on the move thanks to an active partnership with application developers. These apps will be downloadable directly inside the car or via owners' My Renault account.
R-Link also includes a host of new functions dedicated to electric motoring and range management: histogram of energy consumption, display of energy flows and pre- programming of battery charging. The navigation system offers bespoke services such as a display of the vehicle’s operating radius based on the range remaining in the battery, suggestions for the most energy-efficient itineraries and the location of nearby battery charging stations (depending on country), as well as their real-time availability. R-Link also lets drivers view their eco-driving performance and improve their technique with ‘eco-scoring’ and tips (general and personalized).
Renault is taking the wraps off its first three-cylinder engine: the Energy TCe 90, a powerplant which is poised to revolutionize the market. Although small in size, it is big on advanced technology. The product of a brand-new Renault design, this three-cylinder, 899cc turbo petrol engine is all-aluminium.
Renault's engine specialists had a clear brief in the development phase: maximise driving enjoyment, while keeping down fuel consumption in every possible way in order to reduce running costs. Featuring a very low inertia turbo (the lowest on the market) combined with Variable Valve Timing (VVT), the Energy TCe 90 boasts the best driving enjoyment/fuel economy equation on the market. The Energy TCe 90 will be launched in the future Clio and will gradually replace the current TCe 100, without sacrificing driving pleasure despite its 25 per cent reduction in cubic capacity.
The new engine develops 90hp at 5,000rpm and torque of 135Nm available across a broad rev-band, guaranteeing all the driving enjoyment of a 1.4-litre naturally aspirated engine. With 90 per cent of torque available from 1,650rpm, it delivers smooth response from low engine speeds. Driving is smoother with less frequent gear-changes in built-up areas. Peak torque of the sprightly, free-revving Energy TCe 90 is 5,500rpm.
Source: Renault press