Renault ZOE range, battery & charging
|Range||Slow charge||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge|
|250 miles (NEDC)||15 hours (3kW)||7 hours 25 mins (7kW)||65 mins (43kW, 0-80%)|
The ZOE’s real-world range of 186 miles is impressive (although 150-160 miles is more achievable in our experience), but charging is less ideal, as you can’t use the 50kW rapid charger a Nissan Leaf or Volkswagen e-Golf owner can. You have to pay extra for the ZOE Quick Charge to even be able to use a 43kW charger. Even so, either ZOE charges up quickly enough from any other Type 2 public charger, the socket is conveniently placed and the battery is covered by a healthy warranty – or isn’t your problem at all if you lease it.
Renault ZOE range
The ZOE can, technically, do 250 miles to a full charge. But unless you commute to work in laboratory conditions, that’s not going to happen. Even the 'realistic' figure of 186 miles is a touch optimistic in our experience, but 160 miles should be achievable in good weather, while winter will see the range drop to around 124 miles according to Renault itself. That’s still good by current standards and should cover the needs of most motorists very easily.
The ZOE has a sizeable battery capacity of 40kWh, hence the long range. There are two pure electric engines to choose from – the R110 and the Q90 Quick Charge. As the name suggests, the Q90 allows fast charging, but only from a 43kW rapid charger – not a 50kW rapid charger that most other electric cars including the Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen e-Golf will charge from. On that fast charge, it’ll give you 80% capacity in around 69 minutes. The R110 is cheaper to buy and can’t charge up that quickly, so even plugged into a 43kW motorway fast charger, it’ll take 30 minutes longer than the Q90.
Oddly though, the R110 will charge faster than the Q90 from most other chargers, but regardless of which version of ZOE you have, an 11kW public charger that you often find in towns and supermarkets will deliver an 80% charge in about three hours. A domestic 7kW home charging point – which Renault will install for free if you’ve got the necessary off-road parking – will do the same in six or seven hours. You have to pay extra to get the necessary cable to charge from a domestic three-pin socket, and if you do it’ll take 25-odd hours to charge up to 80%.
A lot of buyers considering an electric car have concerns over how long the battery will last, so the fact Renault will replace any battery it leases, free of charge, if it drops below 75% of its as-new performance, should bring peace of mind. And even if you buy the battery with the ZOE, it’s still warrantied for eight years/100,000 miles and guaranteed to have at least 66% of its original capacity.
How much it costs to lease the ZOE's battery depends on what sort of mileage you want to do. Even the cheapest leasing contract will see you paying £59 a month, with an annual limit of 4,500 miles, and then it’s an extra £10 a month on top of that to get an additional 1,500 miles a year. For £110 a month, you get unlimited mileage.