Renault unveiled the 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.