Friday, December 14, 2012

I Reserved a Renault Zoe Dynamic

Somewhere around noon on December 12th, I reserved a Renault Zoe.


 I want an early opportunity for a test drive. People with reservations will be the first to test drive the production car.

The BMW i3 is going to be too expensive. Last official word was "less than a 5 series" That would put it around £30,000(UK) but below $47,500(US).  The Zoe Dynamic Intens we reserved is £14,750 and the base model is £13,650. A Leaf is £25,990.

Zoe has an NEDC range of 130 miles. Real world range is between 60 and 100 miles. That is better range than any other EV on the market except for the Model S.

Zoe's interior is warmed by a heat pump instead of a resistance heater. That saves a couple of kW when the heat is on and improves winter range.

 Zoe has the second generation 5A motor with AC fast charger. At 44kW (400V 3 phase AC) it will charge the batteries in 30 minutes. Charge time from a home outlet is 3-4 hours.  The Kango Z.E. uses the first generation motor and takes 6 to 8 hours to charge.

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