The Renault Zoe ZE50 (2020) - New ZOE The pleasure of driving 100% electric takes on a new dimension
Date: September 13, 2019
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1/ New ZOE: electric mobility reinvented
New ZOE is more high-performing than ever, notably thanks to its increased power and radius of action. Its assertive design gives it even more character. New ZOE offers a wide range of high-tech equipment serving both the driving comfort and the on-board experience. The pleasure of driving 100% electric takes on a new dimension!
The launch of the third generation of Renault's flagship vehicle in its 100% electric collection is a major milestone in the Group's strategy for large-scale electric vehicle development.
Seven years after the release of what has become Europe's best-selling urban electric car, New ZOE evolves in versatility, quality and technology. And it offers superior features, right from entry level, all while remaining affordable.
This evolution is immediately obvious. On the outside, New ZOE shows its personality without losing its distinctive fresh design. The interior has been revolutionized, with a fully redesigned instrument panel and dashboard for improved comfort.
On a technical level, New ZOE is both more autonomous, with a battery of 52 kWh lasting up to 395 kilometers in the WLTP and has more recharging options thanks to the introduction of a direct current (DC) charge. With its more powerful 100 kW motor, New ZOE offers even more driving pleasure. Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure, standardized cycle: 57% urban driving, 25% suburban driving, 18% highway driving.
More generally, New ZOE is the result of a concerted effort to optimize the main elements necessary for the operation of an electric car, from the chassis to the brakes, without forgetting the steering and power electronics unit. This new generation has all the features necessary to be at the cutting edge of electric performance while still remaining affordable.
The electrical architecture has been entirely redesigned to accommodate the standard digital instrument panel as well as several advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). As for the lighting, it is now 100% LED from entry-level specifications, offering 75% more brightness compared to halogen lighting, with equivalent energy consumption.
And when it comes to connected services, Renault has equipped New ZOE with Renault EASY CONNECT. From the driving aids to a 10-inch display, the Renault EASY LINK multimedia system, to the new urban mode, all are designed to make everyday driving easier and more enjoyable.
The concept, design and assembly of the car are all carried out in France, as is the construction of the motor and the main mechanical parts. New ZOE thus benefits from the expertise that Groupe Renault has fine-tuned in the country where it was born. Also, the localized manufacture of the vehicle requires a minimal amount of logistics flows and takes place as close as possible to the countries where it will be sold.
Once on the road, New ZOE does not generate any emissions during operation, of course. Zero emissions in use: neither CO2 nor regulated air pollutants while driving, according to the WLTP mission test cycle, excluding wear parts. But the reduction of its environmental impact does not end there. Among other advantages, it incorporates 100% recycled synthetic materials, including visible parts of the passenger compartment, such as its upholstery made according to the principles of the circular economy and parts made from recycled polypropylene.
A pioneer and leader in electric mobility in Europe, Renault has unparalleled knowledge of the needs and expectations of this booming market. New ZOE is proof of this expertise.
The story of ZOE in numbers
Nearly a decade has passed between the initial presentation of the ZOE Z.E concept at the end of 2009 and the launch of New ZOE. In this time, Renault has established itself as a pioneer and leader in electric mobility, driven in particular by the success of its flagship model.
A few numbers…
More than 160,000 registrations by the end of August 2019 and just as many drivers won over! ZOE sales have been growing steadily since its launch. Its cumulative sales make it the most prevalent electric vehicle on European roads.
18.2% market share in Europe in 2018. With nearly 40,000 new registrations, ZOE accounts for nearly one in five electric cars sold on the continent. It is number one in sales in Germany, Spain, and France, where it achieved a 54.9% market share over the year.
More than 60 awards across Europe. Regularly praised in the media, since 2014 ZOE has retained the title of “best electric car for under £30,000” awarded by the British magazine What Car?. ZOE’s successive developments have enabled it to achieve exceptional longevity.
More than 4 billion kilometers traveled. The flagship vehicle of Renault’s 100% electric range has achieved the equivalent of over 10,400 Earth-to-Moon journeys without emitting a single gram of CO2 during use!
One billion euro. In June 2018, Groupe Renault announced an investment plan to make France a center of excellence for electric vehicles within the Alliance. By 2022, it plans to double ZOE's production capacity at the Renault plant in Flins, near Paris.
More than 30,000 people. This is the number of Groupe Renault employees involved in ZOE on a daily basis, from the sales network to engineering and assembly lines.
… and some dates
September 27, 2012. Renault creates a buzz at the Paris Motor Show with the official ZOE launch. Revealed a few months prior in Geneva, ZOE unveils its fluid lines and inviting interior for the first time.
December 11, 2014. A new electric motor is unveiled, entirely designed and manufactured by Renault in France. Launched in the spring of 2015, it improves energy efficiency and allows ZOE drivers to enjoy 30 kilometers of additional autonomy with the same level of performance.
November 30, 2016. The second generation of ZOE benefits from twice the autonomy thanks to the introduction of the Z.E. 40 battery. It is accompanied with new innovative connected services specifically designed to simplify route planning and recharging.
February 19, 2018. The introduction of the R110 motor allows ZOE to gain 2 seconds when accelerating from 80 to 120 km/h. Not only is this enjoyable for the driver, but also reassuring when entering the highway or overtaking.
March 21, 2019. Renault launches the first prototypes of ZOE equipped with reversible charging in the Netherlands. This full-scale experiment marks the advent of two-way charge solutions that will further enhance the role of the electric car in the energy transition movement.
June 17, 2019. Renault reveals the third generation of ZOE with even more versatility, driving pleasure and comfort.
Expertise Made in France
As the historic cradle of Groupe Renault, France is today the hub for most of its electric vehicle research, engineering and production activities. Designed and manufactured in France, New ZOE benefits fully from the constantly evolving expertise of the Groupe’s main sites.
Concept and design: the Renault Technocentre in Guyancourt
The leading automotive R&D center in Europe
New ZOE was developed by teams at the Renault Technocenter. Located in Guyancourt, near Paris, the site brings together all the know-how necessary for the creation of an electric vehicle: design, research and development, engineering, battery architecture, motor tuning, etc.
Production and assembly: the Renault Flins plant
Nearly 50,000 ZOEs produced in 2018
Since 2012, the ZOE has been manufactured at the Flins plant (located in Yvelines, in the Paris region). At that time, the site extended the scope of its capabilities: it is also responsible, for example, for assembling the different components that make up the battery. Groupe Renault announced in 2018 that it was doubling its production capacity dedicated to the ZOE.
Electric motor: the Renault Cléon plant
More than 70,000 electric motors produced in 2018
The Cléon plant (in Seine Maritime, to the northwest of Paris) has embodied Groupe Renault’s expertise in motors and gearboxes for 60 years. Having converted to electric in 2014 when the Groupe launched its first electric motor, it produces the primary components of New ZOE’s electric powertrain, starting with its wound-rotor synchronous motor.
Housing and mechanical parts: the Renault Le Mans plant
The Groupe’s oldest plant
New ZOE benefits from a platform designed specifically to host an electric car battery. The housing that makes this possible is manufactured at the Renault Le Mans plant (in Sarthe, west of Paris), as well as the vehicle’s front and rear axles.
2 / Design: an assertive character
From the audacity of its youth to the dynamism of its adulthood, New ZOE has also reached a milestone in terms of design. The soft shapes of the previous generation now have more distinct characteristics that make the car stand out on the road as well as providing more seating. At the front, the completely redesigned contours of the sculpted hood converge into a large aligned diamond which opens onto the charging hatch. The new shape of the bumper incorporates chrome inserts in the grill and around the fog lights, enhancing the lower section. It also sports new side air vents that increase the vehicle’s aerodynamic qualities.
With the famous bright C-shape belonging to all new Renault vehicles, the new 100% LED lights create an expressive look. Where the dimensions of New ZOE haven’t changed, it gains in presence. It is confident and wears its electric nature with pride, the blue border around the Renault diamond logos acting as a reminder.
Groupe Renault's designers have paid particular attention to the interior’s quality finishes, its comfort and the ergonomics. A noteworthy addition to New ZOE is the 10-inch driver's display - a unique feature available right from entry level.
The soft, supple material and matte texture of the redesigned driving panel contribute to the chic and cozy ambiance. Under the Renault EASY LINK multimedia system screen, the completely reworked center console incorporates technological innovations designed by Renault for New ZOE: electronic gear lever, automatic parking brake, induction charger and more.
Passengers can enjoy a spacious backseat at the top end of the market thanks to a minimal drivetrain hump. The 338-litre trunk and fold-down seats contribute to the large carrying capacity. New ZOE is also suited to all the common needs of families.
The design of New ZOE attributes more importance to reusing resources. Renault and its partners have, for example, succeeded in applying the historic carding process to an innovative fabric made from recycled materials that come from the automotive industry. Designed following the principles of the circular economy, it is composed of, on average, 50% fabric scraps and seat belts, and 50% recycled fibers from plastic bottles (PET).
While recycled synthetic materials have traditionally been used for the housing and other protective elements of the car, for the first time New ZOE brings them into the mix of materials used for the components of the passenger compartment: the ZEN-finish fabric, of course, but also the exposed parts of the paneling made of injection-molded plastic. New ZOE boasts 22.5 kg of recycled synthetic materials, an increase over the previous generation.
Focus on exterior design
New ZOE inaugurates a sculpted hood with lines that converge towards the center of the front face.
Relatively short, this completely redesigned form contributes to the overall dynamism of the car. Structured around precise shapes, it complements the other developments made to the front section and showcases the car’s more distinct character.
Now 100% LED on all versions of the new ZOE, the headlights feature the bright C-shape of all new Renault models.
In addition to giving the car a bolder look, these new headlights significantly improve visibility for the driver.
Front bumper and fog lights
Completely redesigned, the front bumper has fog lights surrounded by a sleek chrome finish. The grill and driving lights also feature chrome inserts. A ring in the same style, decorated with the name "ZOE", elegantly underlines the ensemble. Lower down, the LED fog lights contribute to the overall improved lighting system. By giving structure to the bumper, they expand the vehicle’s overall appearance. The car front, well positioned over the wheels, illustrates ZOE’s dynamic qualities.
The new side air intakes, shaped like gills, improve the circulation of air flow in the front of the car. They contribute to New ZOE’s aerodynamic quality.
Holographic diamond logo and new charging hatch
Outlined with a blue border, the Renault diamond decorating the center of the radiator grill still conceals the charging socket.
This logo features a "holographic" design, giving a textured effect to the flat surface. Behind the diamond, the charging hatch still holds a type 2 plug, but is now further improved with a connector for fast charging DC up to 50 kW, adding to all the options already offered on previous generations in alternating current (AC).
Taillights and dynamic turn signals
The taillights are now 100% LED for improved visibility in all weather conditions. Their bright beams in horizontal lines also help to widen the rear of the car. The signature beams turn red for even more visibility. Using dynamic lighting, the LED turn signals sweep from the center outwards, making the car even more visibly imposing. The turn signal reminders integrated in the side mirrors also use LED lighting.
A full range of colors
Celadon Blue, Flame Red and Quartz White are the new colors proposed for New ZOE. These shades correspond perfectly to the nature of this dynamic 100% electric vehicle. New ZOE is therefore available in a total of 9 shades, to fit in with options for customized rims.
Better equipped, New ZOE has improved dynamic qualities in terms of acceleration and braking. In particular, it is equipped with front and rear disc brakes, and has new five-wheel rims. As a consequence, the wheel range has been completely revamped. The wheels come in 15, 16 and 17 inches, with different patterns that add to the overall modernity of the design.
Focus on interior design
10-inch driver’s display
New ZOE introduces a 10-inch driver’s display, available right from entry-level specifications, with definition and functions that are unparalleled in the segment.
The display contains the main driving aids and all settings specific to electric driving, starting with the eco-meter that encourages eco-friendly driving habits. On versions equipped with navigation, it also displays the GPS map. The driver can customize the color of the odometer’s lighting and the layout of the information on screen. The display’s horizon and varying perspective-effects create a sense of depth and help the driver to focus.
The 9.3-inch touch-screen multimedia display that extends across the center console gives access to all the navigation and entertainment services.
It controls the main settings of the vehicle, from the various driving aids to the customization of the colors on the 10-inch driver’s dashboard screen. The Renault EASY LINK system is enhanced with specific electric vehicle functions, such as the availability of charging stations in real-time. It also allows users to connect their smartphone and show applications via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The completely redesigned dashboard uses a new, soft and supple high-quality material. In the center, the horizontal band in the same fabric as the upholstery creates a warm and comfortable atmosphere. From layout and the choice of materials, to the integration of different screens, the entire dashboard has been revised to significantly improve the quality of its finishes.
Upholstery from the circular economy
For the ZEN finishing, New ZOE showcases upholstery made using 100% recycled fabric.
For its design, Renault used the traditional process of carded yarn manufacturing, which creates a material with “non-melting quality" or chemical transformation. This yarn is made from scrap textiles (pieces of fabric left over from the cutting of new fabrics), seat belts and plastic bottles (PET). This fabric marks a major innovation in the automotive world. Its sourcing and short-loop manufacture conform to circular economy principles, reducing related CO2 emissions by over 60%. This fabric is also used to dress the dashboard fascia and the base of the center console.
Exposed parts made from recycled plastic
Four pieces of the cabin are made entirely of recycled polypropylene.
The integration of recycled synthetic materials has until now been almost exclusively reserved for parts of the car that you cannot see. Their use in the cabin is the result of ongoing research to develop recycled plastics with a level of quality and durability comparable to that of the best virgin plastics.
Electronic “e-shifter” gear lever
The raised center console hosts a new electronic gear lever.
The e-shifter knob is upholstered in leather, revealing satin chrome finishes, while its base is adorned with the Z.E. logo. It enables the easy transition, with a simple push, between driving modes, notably to enjoy the new mode designed for urban driving.
Automatic parking brake
The automatic parking brake, present regardless of New ZOE’s level of equipment, makes it even easier to drive.
In addition, it frees up the center console space usually occupied by the handbrake lever, providing more useful storage to occupants.
Using the hands-free Renault card, a simple push on the start button starts the car.
Circled in polished chrome, the button is outlined in a signature blue light, which underlines the vehicle’s electric identity. New ZOE greets them with a welcoming sequence of lights, deploys its mirrors, and unlocks the doors.
The center console allows for twice as much storage.
The two cup holders located below the e-shifter hold thermoses, bottles and cans. As for the smartphone space, it offers wireless inductive charging (as an option).
Induction charger for smartphone
Make the driver’s life easier includes resolving the hassle of charging their phone, thanks to inductive charging.
Among the various storage integrated into the center console, the phone space includes a charging device compatible with most induction-equipped smartphones.
Air conditioning and ventilation
Adjustable temperature controls are kept on the center console to optimize ergonomics.
They are easily identifiable thanks to the polished chrome finishing also found around the ventilation grills.
The new acoustic windshield increases silence inside the cabin.
The acoustic quality of the windshield glass, as well as other optimizations such as sound insulation in the door panels, under the front seats and against the motor compartment bulkhead, significantly limit noise pollution from outside. These measures add to the silence of the electric motor’s operation, providing even more comfort on board.
Thanks to the platform designed specifically for an electric car, New ZOE is unburdened by design constraints like a prominent drivetrain hump.
In the rear section, this means spaciousness at the sector’s highest level, coupled with a large trunk capacity suitable for various family uses.
2 USB sockets for rear seats
In the back, passengers have direct access to two USB ports.
They can be used, for example, to power a phone, tablet, or portable games console during trips. They complement the 2 USB sockets available at the front.
Ergonomic control panel
On the door panel, the new control panel hosts the window controls as well as the automatically folding electric mirrors.
LED ceiling light
As with the outdoor lighting, the interior lighting is now 100% LED.
The ceiling light provides ample illumination when extra light is needed within the cabin.
3 / Autonomy and charging: ZOE goes further and further
New ZOE has a Z.E. 50 battery which takes its range up to 395 kilometers on the WLTP. Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure, standardized cycle: 57% urban driving, 25% suburban driving, 18% highway driving. It now also offers fast direct current charging, an addition to the alternating current charging options already available at home or on the street.
Renault’s work to continue at the forefront of increasingly high-performing battery development did not end with the introduction of the previous generation’s Z.E. 40 battery. The result: with 52 kWh, the battery Z.E. 50 for the New ZOE now offers a range of up to 395 km WLTP, an increase of 25%. Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure, standardized cycle: 57% urban driving, 25% suburban driving, 18% highway driving. This growth in energy capacity uses the same sized battery, maintaining the vehicle’s comfortable habitability. The new battery Z.E. 50 even has another advantage: its ability to deliver a higher current intensity contributes to the performance of the new R135 engine.
New ZOE also boasts unrivaled charging versatility.
With its ability to take up to 22 kW from each AC terminal, since its inception ZOE has been the fastest-charging electric vehicle on the most prevalent charge points in public spaces. ZOE owes this unique versatility to its Caméléon charger. Rather than using two separate electrical circuits for charging and for driving, Renault has succeeded in using the same electronics for both operations, resulting in flexible charging at a reasonable cost.
An additional innovation completes today’s performance: New ZOE now comes with an electric box dedicated to direct current (DC) charging. Installed between the electric powertrain and the battery, this electric box – a new, 100% Renault exclusive – allows the vehicle to charge at 50 kW on DC terminals. This new charging option is suitable for long journeys, especially on motorways.
As the only electric vehicle to have AC charging capabilities up to 22 kW as well as DC charging up to 50 kW, New ZOE offers the most versatility on charging stations around Europe.
Accompanied by custom connected services accessible via the MY Renault app, drivers are sure to always find the charging solutions they need, whether at home, work, in public parking areas or on the highway.
A leap forward in autonomy with each generation
At its launch in late 2012, the first ZOE with its 22 kWh battery offered around 150 kilometers of real autonomy, a range that already far exceeded the daily distance traveled by the average European driver.
In 2016, Renault launched the second generation of ZOE accompanied with the arrival of the Z.E. 40 battery, whose 41 kWh saw the vehicle’s real autonomy double to 300 kilometers. Research was then focused on lithium-ion chemistry to improve the battery density.
For New ZOE, engineers focused on the architecture of the battery and the different aspects of its design. Their success is clear: the battery reaches a capacity of 52 kWh within the same volume. This translates to an increase in autonomy of 25%, up to 395 km WLTP*.
Expertise, innovation and security
With a capacity that has grown from 41 to 52 kWh, for only a small weight gain and with absolutely no change in volume, the New ZOE battery is the result of a significant design efforts carried out jointly by Renault and LG Chem.
Renault has completely reimagined the internal architecture of the battery, minimizing the weight and bulk of its structural elements, thus freeing up the maximum amount of space for the cells. Furthermore, this new internal architecture does not sacrifice any battery performance (impact resistance, air cooling, etc.) while meeting the technical challenges raised by a charging power acceptance that now reaches 50 kW.
Around 80% of the increase in battery capacity is due to the optimization of the internal architecture. The remaining 20% is due to improvements to the components. The LG Chem chemists have made the most of the volume freed up by the Renault engineers with their design for new lithium-ion cells. Assembled into modules at the LG Chem plan in Wroclaw, Poland, they are identified by their greater height and better chemistry.
The Z.E. 50 battery has also retained the full set of innovations developed by Renault to guarantee the security of its electric vehicles. Besides its BMS (Battery Management System), an electronic circuit that prevents any rise in internal temperature, it has two heat-sensitive parts which, in the instance of a fire of external origin, give firefighters direct access to the interior of the battery. Moreover, if the driver chooses to take the lease offer, the Z.E. 50 battery is guaranteed for life. The battery can be used as part of a stationary energy battery storage system once its performance no longer meets the demands of an electric vehicle. It is finally recycled through a specific procedure that recovers and reuses the maximum amount of materials from the battery.
First-rate energy efficiency
While New ZOE’s expanded range is primarily due to the increase in the Z.E. 50 battery’s capacity, the car also benefits from numerous optimizations Renault has made at different stages of the vehicle design, aimed at improving its energy efficiency. New ZOE offers one of the best ratios in the market between battery capacity and distance traveled.
Battery thermal control
The battery’s operating temperature is controlled by an external air-conditioning system that sends pulsed air to either cool it down or heat it up, keeping it within the ideal operating range.
New ZOE reaps the benefits of all the experience Renault has gathered through its development of powertrains that are simultaneously efficient and powerful. The choice of a wound-rotor synchronous motor is crucial for providing excellent energy efficiency. The reducer that handles the transfer of energy to the wheels has also been optimized for improved performance.
Renault has chosen to replace the traditional heating elements with a heat pump in order to limit the impact of heating and air conditioning on the available driving range. Furthermore, the MY Renault application makes it possible to remotely trigger the heating or cooling of the car while it is charging. The electricity required to do so therefore comes from the grid and does not diminish the range.
The vehicle’s shape helps ensure unhindered airflow. On the front, for example, vents incorporated into New ZOE’s bumper contribute to a reduction in air resistance.
When driving New ZOE, every deceleration helps recharge the battery through the conversion of kinetic energy into electricity. The integration of a decoupled brake system allows regenerative braking to occur as soon as possible, unlike with the mechanical action of disc brakes which causes energy to dissipate in the form of heat.
Energy efficiency is also in the driver’s hands! With its new digital instrument cluster, New ZOE allows the driver to better visualize the impact that their driving style is having on the available range. It thereby raises awareness of eco-driving principles which consist, for example, of anticipating slowdowns in order the maximize the effects of regenerative braking.
Unrivaled charging versatility
Combo plug for more versatility
New ZOE conceals its charging socket behind the diamond decorating its grill. The charging hatch now houses Combo plug (CCS) slightly larger than the previous plug. It consists of a European standard socket, accompanied by a two-pin connector for direct current charging. The central position of the socket facilitates connections, especially on public charging stations which have their own cable.
A type-2 socket for AC charging…
The type-2 socket and the Caméléon charger are still available for everyday use. At home, at work, in the parking lot of a shopping center or on a public road, they allow for particularly flexible charging since they cover the full range of available options, from a 2.3 kW domestic outlet to a fast-charging station offering 22 kW.
… and a two-pin connector dedicated to DC charging
Thanks to its Combo plug, New ZOE is able to charge quickly with a direct current (DC) up to 50 kW. To benefit from this, the charging cable attached to the terminal is simply inserted into the two-pin connector below the type-2 socket.
Focus on recharge and autonomy
No need to go to the gas station ... an electric car recharges where it parks! The Renault EASY CONNECT smart services and the Combo plug in New ZOE simplify recharging accessibility and management anywhere.
Whatever your everyday routine, the ease of charging New ZOE is evident.
Every scenario offers enough parking time to recover a significant number of kilometers of range.
Recharge at home
Whether at a house, condo or apartment, the New ZOE can charge from 0 to 100% in 9 hours and 25 minutes using a 7 kW Wallbox. This therefore ensures that a complete recharge can comfortably be achieved overnight. Users charging their vehicle at home can also benefit from the programming options, adjusting their recharge to correspond with tariff fluctuations from their electricity supplier. At home, my ZOE recovers around 300 kilometers of autonomy in 8 hours.
Recharge in the city
City centers offer a range of charging options, whether on the street or in car parks, often with free parking. An opportunity to make the most of ZOE’s charging time by going out to a restaurant or shopping.
Connected to a public terminal with a power of 11 kW, my ZOE recovers up to 125 kilometers of autonomy in 2 hours.
Recharge at the mall
The installation of charging stations has become a real competitive advantage for stores and malls. More and more are installing fast charging stations, often free of charge, designed to offer a significant increase in autonomy to their customers while shopping.
Connected to a public terminal with 22 kW, my ZOE regains up to 125 kilometers of autonomy in one hour.
Recharge on the highway
Thanks to the high recharging power of its new DC charger, keeping New ZOE powered becomes part of a journey’s typical rhythm. Road trips, whether for vacation or professional reasons, naturally include breaks for having a rest or something to eat and drink. On the highway, ZOE’s new fast charging abilities builds on these breaks to recover, in just a half hour, sufficient energy to reach the next leg of the journey.
On a 50 kW DC terminal, my New ZOE stores, in 30 minutes, enough energy to travel up to 150 kilometers.
The duration and distances mentioned here are calculated from results obtained by New ZOE during the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure, standardized cycle: 57% urban driving, 25% suburban driving, 18% motorway driving), which aims to represent the actual conditions of a vehicle’s use. However, they cannot foresee the type of journey after recharging. The recharging time and the recovered range also depend on the temperature, battery wear, power delivered by the terminal, driving style and level of charge.
4 / Driving pleasure: electrifying sensations
New ZOE adds a more powerful motor, perfectly suited to the fast lane, to the intrinsic charms of electric driving, and also a new mode particularly adapted to urban driving, as well as many driving aids designed for comfort and safety.
With the introduction of a 100 kW engine (R135, equivalent to 135 hp in a combustion engine), New ZOE offers even more acceleration control and responsiveness. Driving pleasure and comfort are enhanced, especially on the highway.
It accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h 2.2 seconds faster than the previous generation. That difference makes merging and passing easier, as does the torque, available immediately from ignition, while the silence of this performance is made all the more complete by improved acoustics.
New ZOE also offers a new driving mode that simplifies city traffic. Called “B mode”, it provides intensified decelerations, allowing for the reduced use of the brake pedal.
New ZOE still uses a wound-rotor synchronous motor designed at the Renault Technocentre and manufactured at the Cléon plant in France. It demands real expertise in terms of production and allows for a more limited use of rare metals while still providing excellent energy efficiency, particularly in higher speed ranges.
Around sixty parts of the power electronic controller (or PEC) have been updated to handle the increased power, torque and rotational speed of the R135 motor. These pieces together make up about 70% of the total PEC components. As an example, the current intensity of the inverter responsible for converting the battery’s energy into an alternating current for the motor has gone from 230 to 280 A.
Focus on driving pleasure
100 kW motor
Renault offers two different motors: the 80 kW (R110) motor introduced a year ago on the previous generation, and a new variant inaugurated with New ZOE, the 100 kW (R135). Engineers have used the increased-capacity battery of New ZOE (Z.E.50) to get the most out of its 100% Renault motor. New ZOE thus benefits from an improved performance that enhances its versatility and driving pleasure, especially when overtaking or on the highway. The R135 engine has a torque of 245 Nm that allows it to go from 80 to 120 km/h in just 7.1 seconds, 2.2 seconds better than the R110 engine. It now achieves 0 to 100 km/h in less than 10 seconds. In addition, the New ZOE’s top speed has increased to 140 km/h.
New ZOE offers a new driving mode, with which the driver has almost no need to use the brake pedal. When B mode is activated, the car decelerates significantly faster as soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal. B mode makes driving easier, especially in the city or in slowed traffic. On a technical level, its integration is accompanied by a new braking system that also improves the feel of the brake pedal. As for D mode, it remains particularly useful when the car is moving at a constant speed, on the highway for example. The driver can switch on demand between B and D modes with a simple push on the e-shifter.
Electronic “e-Shifter” gear lever
New ZOE obviously has no gearbox or clutch because of its electric motor, but it still retains a gear lever to switch between different driving modes or to reverse. The mechanical lever is now replaced by an electronic device called the “e-shifter”. Simple pressure on the knob is enough to send instructions to the motor propulsion system. The selected driving mode is clearly displayed on the center console as well as on the 10-inch driver’s display. As with the automatic parking brake, New ZOE therefore extends the 100% electric experience through all its driver-friendly functions.
Renault engineering has built New ZOE with a brand-new electrical infrastructure. More modern, it now allows for the integration of all the sensors and automated functions that are essential for the new driver assistance systems (ADAS). They are designed to better inform the driver, simplify driving, for example during parking maneuvers, and enhance safety.
Recognition of traffic signals
The system detects speed limit signs on the roadside and displays the speed limit in real time.
Automatic dimming of high beams
The car automatically switches from high beam to low beam when a vehicle is detected coming in the opposite direction.
Blind spot warning
This feature warns the driver when a vehicle or obstruction is in New ZOE’s blind spot.
Automatic hold assistance (Auto-Hold)
The Auto-Hold function keeps the vehicle at a stop when the driver releases the brake pedal. Driving comfort is improved, especially in congested traffic.
Displayed as a road sign notification on the 10-inch driver’s screen, the excessive speed alert warns the driver when the vehicle is going faster than the speed limit, as determined by on-board cameras and the GPS navigation.
Automatic emergency braking
The system makes it possible to detect an emergency braking situation. In this scenario, the brake assist instantly applies its maximum power.
Lane departure warning
The lane departure warning uses a visual signal and steering wheel vibrations to warn the driver when accidentally crossing a continuous or discontinuous line.
Lane keep assist
When the driver's hands are placed on the steering wheel, the lane keep assist analyzes the movements and corrects any trajectory errors, according to the position of the vehicle relative to the road lines.
The EASY PARK ASSIST system controls the steering so that the driver only has to manage the pedals and the driving modes.
Front, rear and sides parking radar
Built-in sensors at the front, rear and sides of the vehicle detect obstacles at 360-degrees when maneuvering. They act as a complement to the rear-view camera.
Automatic parking brake
The automatic parking brake prevents having to apply the parking brake before leaving the vehicle or when starting on hills. Driving ergonomics are reinforced. Another advantage is the lack of lever, freeing up space in the center console to accommodate smartphone charging through induction.
5 / Renault EASY CONNECT: a simplified experience from start to finish
Making electric mobility accessible to as many people as possible involves offering easy and enjoyable driving and operating experiences, in line with the expectations of an increasingly connected clientele. Welcome to an Easy Electric Life!
With Renault EASY CONNECT, New ZOE responds to our ever-more connected lives. It combines the new Renault EASY LINK multimedia system and the MY Renault app, offering drivers a range of applications and services designed to accompany them throughout their daily activities.
On a smartphone, the MY Renault application includes a variety of useful services to manage a car remotely: check the battery level and charge status, plan charging during off-peak hours, start or schedule heating or air conditioning to reach the ideal temperature of 21°C for the moment of departure without affecting the autonomy, as well as view the car’s radius of action on a map. The electric route planner included in MY Renault puts together an itinerary that indicates the most suitable charging points and, accounting for the recharge stops, the overall travel time.
On board, Renault EASY LINK's connected navigation makes it possible to consult the map displayed on the multimedia screen at a glance. The nearest charging stations and the availability of each terminal are clearly indicated. The map is also enriched with real-time traffic information provided by TomTom and new features such as Google Search options for addresses.
The EASY LINK navigation map database is regularly updated, automatically and transparently for the user, via the “Map Auto-Update” function.
On the 10-inch dashboard screen, the map is displayed immediately beneath the driver’s eye-line, alongside the eco-meter, which provides information on the performance of the regenerative braking and encourages the driver to optimize the vehicle’s autonomy using eco-friendly driving. The user chooses the layout of the counter display, so that it shows their preferred information. As on the multimedia screen, the layout and settings can be adapted to best suit their mode of use.
A day in the electric life
The connected services in the MY Renault app on my smartphone, and the Renault EASY LINK system in our new ZOE, have been designed as real, daily tools for before, during and after every journey.
1/ How about a weekend trip?
Remote consultation and control of recharge
The sun’s out, it's time to organize a weekend by the sea! Using the MY Renault app, I can check the charge level of my New ZOE and plan its recharge schedule remotely. I use the programming to pre-heat/cool the interior to 21°C for a departure the next morning. The journey will be more comfortable right from the start, and energy will be saved for the road.
2/ Where should we go?
With the MY Renault app, I can see the radius of action of my New ZOE. It shows us that we could go non-stop to the historic city of Honfleur in Normandy … But our choice is a destination with fewer tourists and further away: Cancale, on the northern coast of Brittany, 400 kilometers from Paris. Perfect for a long weekend!
3/ How do we get there?
Electric Route Planner
I enter our destination of Cancale in the “navigation” page of the MY Renault app, then I update it with any details of our trip that could influence the car’s energy consumption, such as the number of passengers.
The planner suggests a route that includes a break of 2 hours and 15 minutes at a fast charging station on the way, up at Dozulé.
4/ Ready to leave
Sending the destination from the smartphone to the car
The suitcases are packed. Using the MY Renault app on my phone, I send the address of our bed-andbreakfast in Cancale to the navigation embedded in the Renault EASY LINK multimedia system. We load the car and are on our way!
5/ Time for a break
Dynamic display of charging stations and their availability
The time for a rest stop is approaching. On the GPS map of the Renault EASY LINK system I bring up the nearest charging stations with their availability updated in real time. We eventually decide to make a stop by the sea at Cabourg to recharge our New ZOE on a fast terminal. Perfect time for lunch!
6/ Guided all the way
Embedded multimedia and navigation experience
With the Renault EASY LINK system, I control different functions without taking my eyes off the road: listening to and dictating my texts, browsing my music applications, podcasts or internet radio... And of course, I am guided to my destination avoiding traffic congestion. I can even know what the weather will be like in Cancale when we arrive!
The last steps of the journey
Arriving in Cancale, we decide to walk through the area’s pedestrianized streets to reach our bed-and-breakfast. I park in the city center.
A notification appears on my smartphone: the MY Renault application asks if we’d like to continue the navigation. We are thus guided to our final destination on foot.
About Groupe Renault
A car manufacturer since 1898, Groupe Renault is an international multi-brand Group present in 134 countries and has sold nearly 3.9 million vehicles in 2018. Today, it has more than 180,000 employees, 36 manufacturing sites and 12,700 outlets in the world.
A pioneer and leader of the electric vehicle in Europe, the Groupe offers a 100% electric lineup that is already quite comprehensive, with ZOE, Twizy, Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E., but also the Renault Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E. sedan sold in Korea and the new Renault City K-ZE for the Chinese market. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and pursue its strategy of profitable growth, Groupe Renault has formulated an ambitious strategic plan based on its international development as well as its innovations in electric mobility solutions that are easy-to-use and accessible to the greatest number of users.
In 2022, Groupe Renault's range will include 8 electric vehicles and 12 electrified models. The 100% electric vehicles will cover the main market sectors and represent 20% of its product range.