Renault Zoe Gets New PCP Deal, Lower Battery Rental

I'm pretty sure I've seen this before...

You probably have - it's the Clio-sized Renault Zoe, part of Renault's electric car range.

So what's new?

Mechanically, nothing. But Renault has introduced a new Personal Contract Purchase or PCP financing plan, and a new battery rental plan that could make one of the most affordable electric cars even more affordable to run.

What powers the Zoe again?

Despite the fairly normal (albeit quite pretty) exterior, the Zoe's innards are very different to that of most superminis. Where normally you'd find an engine, here there's an 87-horsepower, 162 lb-ft electric motor powering the front wheels. It's hooked up to a 22 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, which lives in a flat slab under the floor. This means it doesn't intrude into interior space or boot volume.

The upshot is a 130-mile range on the European combined cycle. Though really you're more likely to hit Renault's estimate of 90 miles, and that could drop to 60 miles in cold weather.

Renault Zoe interior

What's the lowdown on that new pricing plan?

The Zoe is already pretty cheap as electric cars go - 13,995 once the government's 5,000 Plug-In Car Grant has been taken into account. Now, Renault will also do you a 189 a month PCP deal with a 1,720 deposit, and a 1,000 customer deposit contribution.

There's also a new monthly battery rental scheme aimed largely at low-mileage city drivers. If you're expecting to do no more than 3,000 miles per year, battery rental drops to 45 a month, from a previous low of 70. All told, you can get a low-mileage Zoe, a free 7kW charging box installed at your home, battery rental, and Renault's 4+ warranty, roadside assistance and servicing package for 234 a month.

Anything else?

The new pricing somewhat changes the metric against traditional petrol and diesel rivals, but we'd urge anyone considering a Zoe do have a good look through our Electric vs Petrol vs Diesel guide. It'll give you a good idea of how much the Zoe and its equivalent petrol and diesel Clios will cost to run over the course of a year.

For another take on the Zoe, check our our quick drive review.

Renault Zoe rear angle

Any alternatives?

Aside from any supermini with a conventional powertrain (most of which cost similar money to buy), the Zoe has a handful of electric rivals. Most will probably look at the Nissan Leaf, which had a price cut with its most recent revision and offers a little more space and performance into the bargain.

And in a line:

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