Geneva motor show 2012: Top 10 cars - Renault Zoe
The technical ingredients sound appealing, too. The Zoe will have a range of around 130 miles, or as low as 60 in the worst-case scenario of cold urban conditions. It’ll take a respectable eight hours to charge, but is compatible with fast-charge systems that can cut that figure down to less than an hour.
The cabin is surprisingly conventional, but pleasant and airy, and the new touch-screen infotainment system will be standard across the range. Renault sources say the low-down battery location gives the Zoe kart-like handling, which is ideal for scooting through city streets, where its instant low-down torque will also come in handy.
The best bit? With the UK Government grant – and not forgetting that its battery pack is subject to a £70-per-month lease fee – the Zoe will cost just £13,650 when it arrives in the autumn. That's a full £10k cheaper than a Nissan Leaf – and it’s likely to make the Zoe either a breakthrough vehicle for electric technology, or a definitive sign that buyers aren’t prepared to commit to it yet. The sales figures will tell all.
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