Electric cars meet the real world - What's the Be Bop Z.E. like?
Driving the Be Bop is less about dynamics than it is about considering how that all-important heart of the car - the battery and electric motor drivetrain – will perform.
Gloss over the light steering and thumpy suspension and you're left with something that would be more than happy on the majority of daily commutes.
With a Renault caretaker, video cameraman and bags of gear on board, it was eager away from a standstill and at low speeds. The Be Bop Z.E is less responsive to the thump of your foot on the throttle at higher dual-carriageway speeds, though. You might need to anticipate a bit better, but it's not awful and can certainly reach motorway cruising standards.
The regenerative braking dive when you lift off the throttle is less obvious than in the Mini.