1. Renault ZOE
- Model/Engine size:
- Renault ZOE Expression
- Fuel economy combined:
Crucially the ZOE has been designed as an electric car from day one. This means that it doesn’t have the design compromises that come with adapting petrol and diesel models. The layout is reasonably conventional with the electric motor at the front under the bonnet but the large battery is encased in the floor within the wheelbase.
Putting the battery in the floor gives the ZOE a low centre of gravity, keeps the batteries safe in an accident and means that you get a large 338-litre boot. There is a slight compromise for rear seat passengers as the rear seats are slightly raised reducing headroom, but there are three seatbelts and adults under six foot can squeeze in.
On the road performance is good and thanks to a heat pump rather than an electric heater the range is also sensible with a real world range of at least 60 miles in the winter and at least 90 miles in the summer (official range 130 miles). Stick with the standard wheels and you also get EV specific tyres which are key to the range as in an electric car 30% of the energy is used by the tyres.
The ZOE is well equipped with a 7-inch touch screen with TomTom Satellite Navigation as standard. It also gets a chameleon charger which can cope with any of the charging options available up to 43 kW fast charges. The electric drivetrain gets a five-year 100,000 mile warranty whilst the rest of the car has a four-year 100,000 mile warranty.
Renault’s decision to lease the batteries has some insurance implications but the battery will be replaced free of charge if it falls to less than 75% capacity at any time during the lease. It also makes the ZOE affordable to buy. Compared to a Clio the ZOE is very competitively priced, has a bigger boot, has more gadgets, and according to Euro NCAP it is safer too! If you travel less than 60 miles a day (or between charges) the ZOE actually makes more sense than the Clio. The electric car has come of age.
Official electricity consumption: 146 Wh/km (approx 90 mile range) 105 Wh/km for 130 mile range
Battery pack: 22 kWh lithium ion
Recharge time: Chameleon charger 30 mins for 80% using 43 kW supply, 3 to 9 hours for 3kW supply.
- Fuel economy, extra urban:
- Fuel economy, urban:
- CO2 emissions:
- 56 g/km average UK electricity (130 mile range), 78 g/km (90 mile range) g/km
- Green rating:
- VED band A - £0 a year
- 1468 Kg
- Company car tax liability ( 2015/16 ):
- £18,443 (£13,995 with Government grant) + battery lease from £70 per month
- Insurance group:
- 88 bhp
- Max speed:
- 84 mph
- 13.5 seconds
- Euro 6: