Europe’s number one selling EV in 2020, the new Renault ZOE, will arrive on New Zealand shores from mid-year, however those keen to secure a unit off the first shipment can pre-order online now.

The Renault ZOE offers 100% electric driving pleasure and a new dimension thanks to a range of up to 395 km WLTP*, a more efficient 100 kW engine, its loading versatility and a what Renault says is a high level of equipment starting at the entry level.

“The improvements made to the ZOE across the board make the new generation ZOE a popular small electric car choice” says Sam Waller, Renault New Zealand General Manager.

The new 52 kWh battery that equips the ZOE extends its range to 395 kilometres in the WLTP* cycle, an increase of +25%, without changing the size of the battery. By adopting rapid DC charging up to 50 kW, the ZOE suits New Zealand’s DC public charging network. The New ZOE recovers up to 150 kilometres of range in 30 minutes.

“With the ability to travel up to 395 kilometres and DC charging capability, range anxiety is a thing of the past”, adds Mr. Waller.

With the introduction of the R135, a 100kW engine, the ZOE can accelerate from 80 to 120km/h is 2.2 seconds faster than the previous generation, not that we can drive at 120km/h in New Zealand.

The ZOE also offers a new driving mode that simplifies city traffic. Called “B mode”, it provides intensified decelerations allowing a reduced use of the brake pedal.

An interior revolution with redesigned dashboard, refined finishings, new technology, more storage and available with recycled materials that combine comfort and respect for the environment.

The leather seats are heated in the front while the driver also enjoys a heated steering wheel for added luxury in all weather conditions.

Drivers can expect perfect parking every time without touching the wheel, thanks to the EASY PARK ASSIST system that uses radar sensors to guide the vehicle into those tricky parking spots.

Finally, the electrical architecture has been entirely redesigned to accommodate several advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

A new offer in this segment, the New ZOE benefits from a 10-inch driver’s display and a central 9.3” touch screen that is paired with a premium Bose audio system. This range of equipment is complemented by the electronic “e-shifter” gear lever, an automatic parking brake with Auto-Hold function and LED lighting that increases visibility by 75%.

Customers also have an expanded colour range to choose from – Titanium Grey, Glacier White, Celedon Blue, Star Black, Quartz Blanc White, Blueberry, Flamme Red and Highland Grey. Yes, there are two grey options to choose from.

A demonstrator unit is currently touring all 14 of the Renault dealerships for customers keen on a first look or to take a test drive.

To learn more about the ZOE EV visit www.renault.co.nz/electric-cars/zoe-ev or to pre-order visit shop.renault.co.nz/products/renault-zoe

* Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure

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How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm also an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.

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