Renault has announced UK prices and specifications for its ZOE electric model, along with news that anyone who buys the car new gets a free charging point installed in their home.
Already available to order, the ZOE hits the streets on June 7th, with prices starting at 13,995 (13,650 if you order before April 5th) after the governmental Plug-In Car Grant. This gets you the entry Expression model with a suite of Renault Z.E features including remote battery charge monitoring, a low speed pedestrian warning system and, when on charge, interior temperature preconditioning so you don't get into a cold car on a winter's morning.
Upgrading to Dynamique Intens and Zen trims allows you to control this latter system with a smartphone, while adding a leather steeering wheel, rear parking sensors, electric rear windows and automatic lights and wipers. The Zen includes Teflon seat protection and interior scent diffuser and ioniser, while the 14,750 Intens offers a reverse parking camera.
All versions, of course, come with the 65kW (88hp) electric motor at the heart of ZOE, offering an homologated 130 mile range - though Renault anticipate real world use will return up to 90 miles in warm conditions and 60 miles during colder snaps.
The 22kWh lithium ion battery pack can be recharged from empty to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes at a 43kW Rapid Charge point. However, the battery must be rented from Renault at a cost of 70/month.
With each purchase of a ZOE, Renault is offering customers a complementary British Gas installed, 7kW Single Wall-box which can fully charge the battery from empty in 3 and a half hours.. These will be installed, at the customer's convenience, a month before delivery provided their house can receive a GPRS mobile phone signal.
Prices from: 13,650 - 14,750
Available from: Order now, delivery June 7th
Managing to be equivalent in price (thanks to the 5,000 grant) and size to a conventionally-powered supermini, ZOE could be a turning point in electric cars - an EV with real world practicality and appeal. Nearly two-thirds of electric cars sold in its native France are now Renault ZOE.
The battery rental system effectively costs as much as 500 miles a month of petrol, but ZOE can do that distance on 5 of electricity, while the free Wall-box is an extra incentive for those of us who do 60 miles or less each day to make the switch to electric.
carwow will be investigating the savings (or otherwise) of running an electric car against its petrol or diesel equivalents soon - if you're in the market, you don't want to miss our feature.