A new version of the Renault Zoe will go on sale in the UK in November, offering a denser battery and what is claimed to be the greatest range of any mainstream electric vehicle. The car is on display at the Paris motor show.
The new Zoe Q90 is capable of travelling up to 250 miles between charges - beating the range of rivals like the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 by a significant margin. That range is expected to be 186 miles under real-world driving conditions - a boost over today’s Zoe, which can manage 106 miles in normal driving.
Impressively, the upgraded Zoe’s range is now only 17 miles short of the entry-level Tesla Model S, which can travel up to 267 miles between charges in P60 form.
Renault’s new battery has almost double the storage capacity of the current Zoe, at 41kWh, but it is no larger or heavier. The battery has been developed in partnership with LG Chem, and uses high-density lithium-ion cells. Its storage capacity has been optimised by increasing the energy density of individual cells, rather than adding more battery modules.