The Renault Zoe Range
Immediately following the ever so lasting success of the revolutionizing Tesla Model S launch back in 2012, it seemed that the personal use EV market single-handedly created by Tesla will never see any serious competition from big estsablished brands.
This was, of course, incorrect, as naturally as one of the oldest established companies on the market Renault was sure to start its own line and became one of the few brands truly trying to compete with the Renault Zoe range.
This way, similarly to how many big established brands also from Germany like Audi and BMW that decided to branch out its EV production and its ranges to include different car types from CUV hatchbacks to SUVs and sports cars, the Renault Zoe range will be centering around the same class making their range all about a typical hatchback small size EV. As its performance is all-around average compared to other EV ranges though based on the size this classifies it as a strong entry to mid level option for sure even considering the price.
Surely targeting both the newcomers to the EV market based on the car class and also the premium looks fans, the Renault Zoe range is meant to be more of a personal use or a small family car more than anything. Still it was the range that inserted and is keeping Renault Zoe in the EV conversation.
Besides that when surely being in the game of comp`eting with the market leader Tesla, it is crucial to compare the Renault Zoe range to that brand both in terms of specs and looks. So comparing how technically and technologically, not even mentioning comfort wise did this range get to Tesla it might be not a very close call as it lacks behind Model Y it somewhat resembles. With its FWD with 1 to 2 motors depending on the specific variant of the range it is definitely most comparable to Tesla Model Y or Tesla Model 3 as a similar class-performance option.
No way we are skipping the looks as well - we can say that just like Tesla yet with a more minimalistic design approach, Renault Zoe has gone the more of a minimalistic route and made its range look more simplified and simple. Its range has both a somewhat minimalistic futuristic body form as a sedan and a very minimalistic yet stylish interior finsh with some premium options.
We all know about the fact that the looks and design are very important for any car range for sure, the specs and performance are truly everything. Based on just judging the Renault Zoe range on the merit of it specs and metrics, let's take a look at specs. Depending on the specific variant in the range it starting electric range and acceleration vary, as it starts o to 60 at very much so slow to very slow even for its size class 11.3 seconds which is pretty basic and works as an entry level spec for those who do not care about the speed too much. Kind of average in terms of max speed or acceleration or other show-off features, it is unfortunately not surpising or gaining in range to improve the impression. This tranlsates to when the journey has already begun, it will deliver you as far as the official EPA rated range of up to 124 mi without a single recharge. This range makes it look pretty basic and limited to work home and some out of the city traveling at the max, yet more than the industry average in its size class.
It easily can be categotized as somewhar lower priced than a few other similar sized EVs, which might make buyers or people new to the EV world ignore a lack of some things other similar ranges in or close to its size class or other offer at a higher cost.
Be sure to check out its multiple top features such as:
- High cargo volume for its class
- Multiple options for cabin interior
- High-resolution dashboard
- Smart Driver-assistance features
that all combined together make for a very satifsfying feeling when inside it on the road.