Electric Renault Zoe joins the list of successes
RENAULT'S star electric supermini ZOE is glowing after being named the most environmentally-friendly fleet motor in the business.
The well-established 'Techies' are the only awards in the industry that reward technological innovation in the corporate marketplace, helping fleets operate in a cheaper, cleaner or more efficient way.
Winning the Green Development category at the BusinessCar Fleet Technology Awards, the judges were impressed by sophisticated ZOE's industry-leading kit. Among its highlights, five 'world premiere' features and 60 patents designed to deliver user-friendliness, range and connectivity.
BusinessCar Editor Paul Barker said: "The Renault ZOE is a huge boost to the electric vehicle sector because it's clearly the most attractive model to enter this fledgling marketplace."
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ZOE arrived in UK showrooms in June and has a starting price of only £13,995 on-the-road after the UK Government Plug-in Car Grant deduction. It's available in three trim levels and expertly combines advanced technology with a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Monthly battery hire starts from £70 per month.
The 'Range OptimiZEr' package of three major innovations (bi-modal regenerative braking, heat pump and Michelin EnergyTM E-V tyres) helps ZOE deliver the longest range of any purely electric vehicle in its class – a considerable 130 miles.
Its Chameleon charger is compatible with various power sources to provide charging from 3kW up to 43kW. Depending on the power of the charging station, this results in a charging time of either 30 minutes (Fast Charge), one hour (Rapid Charge) or up to four hours from its free 7kW domestic single Wallbox, supplied and installed by British Gas.
ZOE's R-Link comprises a seven-inch embedded tablet in the dashboard with touchscreen display, steering wheel-mounted controls and voice recognition.
Running alongside this innovation, the My Z.E. Inter@ctive app enables ZOE drivers to control pre-conditioning (cooling or heating of cabin temperature) and charging schedules from their smartphone or tablet – ensuring their car is always ready for business. The built-in sat nav also identifies the closest charging points en route.