Renault unveiled the ZOE e-Sport Concept

Renault ZOE e-Sport Concept

 

This was the EV surprise that Renault promised to show at Geneva.

 

Here is the press release.

 

“ZOE e-Sport Concept

The ZOE e-Sport Concept is the fully electric concept car that embodies Renault’s commitment to the idea that electric cars can be fun and fast. The sporting credentials of the ZOE e-Sport Concept extend beyond the car’s styling and the same striking blue livery as the Renault e.dams team’s front-running Formula E single-seaters. The bodywork of the ZOE e-Sport Concept is made entirely from lightweight carbon fibre, which helps to ensure outstanding acceleration from standstill to 100kph in just 3.2 seconds. The car tips the scales at a mere 1,400 kilograms, including 450 kilograms of batteries.”

 

 

 

While I’m disappointed with Renault not introducing a new EV to the ZE line, this sports concept suggests that the next generation ZOE should get a more powerful electric motor.

 

Since Renault’s lecture in 2015 we knew that the ZOE will get a bigger battery capacity in 2020, which will push the NEDC range from 400 to 600 km. However, a facelift is expected to happen before the next battery upgrade. In 2018 the ZOE is expected to finally get DC fast charging capability with a CCS connector and some kind of autonomous driving.

 

 

More info:

http://media.renault.com/global/en-gb/renaultgroup/Media/PressRelease.aspx?mediaid=88355

https://group.renault.com/en/news/blog-renault/gims-2017-zoe-e-sport-an-electric-concept-car-bursting-with-energy/

Pedro Lima

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7 Responses

  1. Jason Meador says:

    Daaaaannnngg! That is an awesome concept. If it is less than 40K, I’m down! Make it and ship it to the USA!

  2. sapcmc says:

    Instead of a twingo ze they showcase this. What a disappointment and a joke.

    When is Nissan expected to showcase their novelties? September?

  3. Buzzar says:

    Makes a lot of sense as Renault have hot RS Rally Sport versions of the Clio and and Megane models so why not the Zoe?

    • Pedro Lima says:

      Yes it would make sense. This concept is a lot more realistic than the Renault TREZOR Sports Concept.

      However, what I think that Renault is saying is that the next generation ZOE will be faster and more fun to drive.

  4. Ralf K says:

    This is a concept. A car to please the media and the crowd.

    We can do some maths however:
    450 kg of batteries.
    Current Zoe:
    290 kg for 24 kWh, 305 kg for 41 kWh.
    So, there we have it: a 60 kWh battery. 🙂 Expected in some next-gen Leaf and Zoe.
    For comparison: Bolt’s 60 kWh battery with LG Chem cells is 435 kg.
    “push the NEDC range from 400 to 600 km.” => yes this matches the factor 1.5 improvement.

    Interesting: the use of CFRP for the Zoe body. Is it gonna make it to series production? I guess not, but would have guessed so for BMW i3 as well, and BMW did.

    What I’m worried about (3,2 s for 0-100 km/h): a new war on acceleration figures for electric city cars. And then pedestrian detection and automated braking as a antidote. This wont bring us an overall improvement. Instead it would make cities a much more dangerous place.

    Series Zoe will be nowhere near this. If they match Bolt’s 6,5 seconds it is more than enough for a quiet car. Remember when officials wanted a BEV artificial sound? Here’s why.

  5. Chris says:

    Ralph k: a Zoe is much more than a city car! If your example included the Smart EV upping it’s acceleration like this concept, you would be correct.

  6. Chris says:

    Also, fast accelerating EV’s are NOT quiet cars! Fact.

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