New Renault Zoe R110 could arrive this July

Renault Zoe charging

For a while now the Renault Zoe has been the best selling electric car in Europe, but with more competition coming this year, this great electric supermini needs an upgrade to keep its leading position.

 

When we think about electric car upgrades, our immediate attention goes to the battery capacity and range. Nonetheless, there are many things that are just as important in an electric car.

 

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Below are some things that I expect to see improved or added in Zoe’s new version.

 

More powerful electric motor

The rumored name R110 suggests a 82 kW (110 HP) electric motor, meaning a 22 % power increase from the previous R90 version. Enough to make it very fun to drive and possibly more efficient at highway speeds.

 

Renault Zoe R110 insurance

 

CCS charging port

Renault said this before, new electric cars from this automaker will finally have the ability to fast charge via a CCS connector. CCS capability combined with 3-phase 22 kW on-board charger is the perfect combination for European customers.

 

Safety

Safety features such as AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking), LKAS (Lane Keeping Assist System) or ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) should be standard in every modern car, electric or not.

 

Better rear seats

The rear seats should fold completely flat in a 60:40 configuration. Current rear backrest can only be folded in one piece, rather than a 60:40 split, which is very unpractical.

 

Decent glove box

The current glove box is so tiny that is useless.

 

LED headlights

This should already be standard in every car, especially if it’s electric.

 

Heated seats

Should be available in every trim level, not only in the higher ones.

 

Finally, with the energy density increase provided by the upcoming NCM 811 batteries Renault can do two things: increase the battery capacity or reduce costs. Since I believe that price is now more of a problem than range, I prefer the second option, but wouldn’t mind if Renault did both, by selling the Zoe with two battery options making everybody happy. What do you think?

 

 

More info:

http://renault-zoe.forumpro.fr/t10653-nouvelle-nouvelle-zoe

https://speakev.com/threads/zoe-r110-anyone-know-anything.98201/

https://www.goingelectric.de/forum/renault-zoe-antrieb-elektromotor/neuer-staerkerer-motor-fuer-ze-40-modelle-t29291.html

http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180120/ANE/180119692/renault-strives-to-keep-zoe-competitive-in-growing-ev-market

Pedro Lima

I grew up on a tough neighborhood and am not a privileged guy, my true nature is violent, even if I try to hide it because I'm not proud of it. I try to overcome my violent nature by learning more about geeky things like batteries, but I'm far from being an expert and don't pretend to be one. I also graduated in Sociology, to learn more about others and pacify myself.

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. You could skip the new Clio facelift from the picture since will lead to a misinformation about new Zoe 🙂

  2. CCS finally making it into the Zoe is a major, major improvement. In my view the lack of fast charging has completely eliminated the 400 from contention, since most people only ever need that kind of range on long trips, but then also need DCFC.

    22 kW onboard charger would be a great plus. But I would rather have wireless – if forced to make a choice between the two (obviously there’s no technical reason, both can certainly be included).

    I really look forward to the day when I can just park and the car charges automatically. Convenience is king!

    1. Even better, tell your electric car to find a charging station and charge itself. Wireless charging will be essential for autonomous EVs.

    2. I don’t like the concept of wireless charging for cars. Because of the losses and you need to park precisely.
      But there is already a similar conductive solution.
      Look up easelink.com
      It has more charging power than wireless (43KW AC and DC), no losses and you can already retrofit

      1. Wireless is a future tech, and for it to work correctly the car should automatically park itself. Why? Well, have you been to a mall or Ikea recently? Can people park? No – especially if the car is an Audi or BMW. 😉 But seriously, the best wireless charging still loses between 8-10% of transferred energy and that’s too much.

        For now, let’s get electric cars on the road and support them with a plug. That’s the real battle. Wireless will come in time but it has to wait until it can be ubiquitous, just something that’s added to a parking space, as you do. Then you just add a charging plate to the bottom of your car – done. It’s an addition to, not a replacement yet, for the plug.

    3. With Zoe getting CCS, it makes me wonder if the 2019 Leaf E+ will go CCS as well. It’d be better suited to a 60kWh battery than CHADeMO.

    1. BAIC has a battery partnership with Daimler AG, which has also acquired a 12% shareholding of BAIC in 2013.

      Makes me wonder how BAIC will come into the EU market, and when.

      It’d be interesting to get a run-down of the BAIC models.

  3. Sticking to the 40 kWh capacity will reduce the weight if the energy density is higher. Lower weight would mean higher efficiency in city stop-and go-traffic. It could potentially also mean there will be more interior space.

  4. Provident link speeks of r110 ze40 so i am not expecing bigger battery.

  5. CCS fast charging and a more powerful electric motor where also on the top of my list for needed improvements of the ZOE. Currently it is a bit of a mess with all those different versions.

  6. “Below are some things that I expect to see improved or added in Zoe’s new version.”

    Almost everything listed there will add to the selling price. Once all these will be added to the car, you’ll complain that the car is too expensive for the regular person.

    Frankly speaking, I don’t see the need for ACC or LKAS for a city-car. Zoe is a city car, so one would only add these features for say 5% of use…

    As far as I know, Renault mentioned Zoe to be CCS ready in 2019. This is to do with probably other developments, likely a 60kWh battery and the usage of the new Continental AllCharge (150-350 kW DC + 3-phase AC), likely using the CCS and Type 2 connectors in one single socket.

    1. There’s no reason why Renault should increase the price with these small changes.

      Currently the Zoe – as any other electric car – is grossly overpriced. There’s no valid reason for why in France – without the battery – the Zoe costs almost 10.000 euros more than the Clio. The only reason is that legacy automakers don’t want to sell electric cars.

      1. Pedro: I agree, but is there an electric car that is not overpriced? Did any car company ever need a valid reason for selling their car overpriced?

      2. Unfortunately until automakers are forbidden to sell ICE cars, they’ll undermine EVs with high prices.

  7. CCS fast charging would be nice, the 22kW charging is nice for slow charging, but really annoying if you have to do longer trips and have to charge on the way. I still think that a bigger battery would be nice, if only as an option. I think the current motor is fine, but efficiency improvements are always welcome.

  8. Costing needs to be elaborated

  9. Ok, but what is the present and expected EPA range of the coming ZOE with 40 kWh battery capacity.

    In the autonews.com link 300 km seems too optimistic

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