Part of this review will include a renovated interior, which is expected to be inspired by the new Clio. It will also provide sustainable materials. Van den Acker says such features “fit well with our philosophy that EEVs should be greener.
The new Zoe is expected to use a bespoke electric vehicle platform shared with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. Instead of sharing its platform with the current Nissan Leaf, it uses an adapted version of the original Leaf 2011 platform.
Thebespokes electric platform, which will be used for all upcoming small and medium electric vehicles, will allow greater battery capacity for a 250-mile range target under the WLTPs newest, most realistic test regime in the world. That coincides with the latest claim to the NEDC range of Zoe R110, which is said to be around 190 miles in the real world.
However, it is unlikely that the new Zoe will exceed the 292 miles in WLTP offered by the Hyundai Kona Electric, said Jean-Christophe Kugler, European head of Renault: “The psychological tipping point is 300 km. The range has never been a blocker for the Zoe and we believe that the current one fits peoples needs perfectly.
The first photos of the new Zoe showed prototypes tested with the usual body camouflage. However, they clearly showed that the overall profile of the car will not change drastically, with changes in details including a more inline front with the next Clio, LED lighting and a more curvilinear rear shape. The roof seems to have humpback along it, which is probably part of the cars disguise.
The price of the new Zoe is far from being announced, but Renault is likely to try to remain at the same level to maintain its popularity as one of the most affordable electric vehicles on the market. Multiple variants with different power ratings, EV ranges and equipment levels can be offered, allowing Renault to maintain the current level of car prices, but increase buyers sales to more expensive variants.
Renault has not yet announced a second electric model, but van Den Acker confirmed that his zero-emission plans will focus on dedicated electric models rather than variants of existing cars. “There are two approaches: to make a dedicated vehicle or a derivative. We get closer to it with dedicated platforms. We have sales economies in the Alliance. A dedicated platform gives us more freedom, especially inside.
“The next EVs will be a continuation of Zoe. I cant wait to show it.”
No further details have been confirmed, but Renault has previously said it will launch eight electric vehicles by 2022, including the next Zoe.