We touched a bit on the Renault Zoe back in October when we provided an overview of service costs. Today we shift focus to performance, including Renault Zoe 0-60 times. But first, a bit of history.

Renault does not directly sell any of its products in the United States. After selling its share of the American Motor Company to Chrysler in 1987, Renault decided that the American market was not the place to be. Although the company has no plans to return to the U.S. market, they haven’t abandoned us completely. You see, Renault owns around 45% of Nissan. Nissan manufactures the Leaf, which is the best selling all-electric vehicle (EV) in the United States. For the time being at least, Renault seems to be content with conquering the U.S. EV market indirectly.

That being said, we here at enrg.io realize that it’s a big world out there. Combating climate change and working towards a future where most if not all vehicles on the road are electric is going to take a global effort. While we may not be able to get our hands on one, the Renault Zoe is the most popular all-electric vehicle (EV) in all of Europe. That fact alone was enough for us to sit up and take notice. We refuse to let the fact that we probably won’t get to ever drive one unless we’re on holiday across the pond keep us from writing about it.

How Fast Can the Renault Zoe Go From 0–60?

This one is easy to answer. Unfortunately for you speed-demons out there…you ain’t gonna like it. The Renault Zoe 0-60 time is just a little over 11 seconds. So it’s not going to be a Formula E competitor…so what? When considering that the Zoe was designed to operate mainly in urban areas, this stat really isn’t too shabby. The car’s 40kWh battery is not the biggest on the market, but it is more than enough to power the pint-sized hatchback. If you’re in the market for a small EV that retails for around £21,000 ($23,000), chances are you aren’t overly concerned with drag-racing in your vehicle.

What Is the Renault Zoe’s Top Speed?

The Zoe tops out at between 135 to 140 kmh (or 84 to 86 mph to us Yanks). Check out this video from 1001 cars on YouTube:

There isn’t any narration, but it looks like the driver quickly decelerates when he hits 140. I’m wondering if things started to feel a bit out of control at these higher speeds. Again, a top speed of 84-86 mph may sound a bit paltry at first but considering that 99.9% of all driving done in a Zoe is going to be in the city, this is nothing to sneeze at. Take my Nissan Leaf for comparison. I’ve owned it for a little over two years now. In two years of driving it every single day, I have yet to get it up past 75 mph. For many of us, owning a car that can reach sick speeds is not really a priority.

What Range Does the Renault Zoe Have?

The answer to this question was a bit tougher to pin down. Renault’s website claims that the 2019 Zoe has achieved ranges of up to 245 (WLTP) miles on a single charge during testing. WLTP stans for Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure, a process that takes place in a laboratory setting. Renault’s webiste further explains:

“Homologated range according to WLTP test cycle on Play R110, for comparison purposes, and may not reflect real life driving results. Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare figures with vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. The electric range shown achieved using the new (WLTP) test procedure. Figures obtained after the battery was fully charged. Actual real world driving results may vary depending on factors such as the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted after registration, weather conditions, driving styles and vehicle load. The homologated range according to WLTP test cycle for Iconic R110 and Iconic R135 is 239 miles and for GT Line R135 is 238 miles. Renault estimates average real world driving figures for this vehicle as 233 miles in summer and 150 miles in winter, depending on the factors above.”

So there you have it folks…you can expect to get anywhere from 150 and 245 miles on a single charge. That’s quite the variance!

I just like using the word “homologated.” I don’t really know what it means, but I digress…

Other Considerations

Our European brothers and sisters lucky enough to have access to the Zoe have some intriguing payment options that we here in the States certainly don’t. In addition to buying or leasing the car, Zoe drivers can opt to buy the car and subsequently “lease” the battery from the company. You can expect to save around £5,000 to £7,000 (not going to convert to dollars because no one is going to use dollars to buy one) initially but…you will also pay between £60 and £70 per month for the battery. In the past, Renault has charged this monthly fee for up to 4,500 miles per year and £10 per month for every additional 1,500 miles. They have also offered an unlimited mileage plan for £110 per month. Prices for the 2020 Zoe have not been set in stone but chances are they will be similar.

Another interesting development is that the Zoe can now be charged using a 50kW DC charger. This means that the battery can now go from 0 to 80% charge in a little over an hour. The 2020 Zoe also offers an economy setting it calls “B Mode” designed specially for driving around town in slow-moving traffic. Placing the car in B Mode allows the driver to utilize one pedal driving and increase driving range. This mode also increases engine braking for safety purposes.

Final Thoughts

The fact that we can’t get the Renault Zoe here is a bummer, but we are grateful that automakers like Renault who care about environmental issues exist. We applaud the company’s efforts in furthering EV technology and we look forward to seeing what’s next. Who knows? Perhaps one day I’ll be able to drive up and down the highways and byways of the United States in my brand new Renault. Until that day comes I’ll be relegated to simply writing about them and honestly…that’s not so bad either.

What takes do our readers have on the Renault Zoe? Anyone out there from Europe own one or have the chance to drive one? Please leave us a comment below and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Source | Image: Renault

Source | Video: 1001 Cars via YouTube