Renault ZOE (2013-2019) range, battery & charging
The Renault ZOE offers impressive range, but no 50kW rapid charging
|Range||Slow charge||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge|
|186 miles||15hrs (3kW)||7hrs 25mins (7kW)||1hr 38mins (22kW)|
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 because you can’t use 50kW rapid chargers like a Nissan Leaf or Volkswagen e-Golf owner can.
However, the 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. Alternatively, it isn’t your problem at all if you lease it.
Renault ZOE range
The first-generation 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 decent usable range. The R110 will charge up at a maximum rate of 22kW, which means a 0-80% charge will take over an hour and a half.
At an 11kW public charger that you often find in towns and supermarkets, the ZOE R110 will deliver an 80% charge in about three hours. A domestic 7kW home charging point will do the same in around seven hours. Meanwhile, plugging into a three-pin household socket will see an 80% charge take most of a day.
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 a battery-inclusive 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Renault ZOE looks great, has a long range and is golf-cart-easy to drive, making it a great first electric car
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingThe Renault ZOE offers impressive range, but no 50kW rapid charging
- 3Running costsThe Renault ZOE is one of the cheapest electric cars to run, regardless of whether you lease or buy the battery
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceIn R110 form, the Renault ZOE has a zippy turn of pace when Eco mode is switched off
- 5Interior & comfortThe Renault ZOE benefits from a logical dashboard, loads of equipment and excellent refinement
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThere's no driver’s-seat height adjustment in the Renault ZOE, but otherwise it's a well sorted small family car
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Renault ZOE achieved good crash-test results in 2013, but the lack of autonomous emergency city braking is quite poor