New Renault Zoe R110 could arrive this July

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

On this blog I try to provide interesting information about battery technologies that otherwise wouldn't be available to the public. Given the secrecy around this topic, sometimes I need to do a mix of investigator work with some educated guesses.
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Telmo Azevedo
Telmo Azevedo
2 years ago

You could skip the new Clio facelift from the picture since will lead to a misinformation about new Zoe πŸ™‚

Pedro Lima
2 years ago
Reply to  Telmo Azevedo

Done πŸ™‚

Terawatt
Terawatt
2 years ago

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!

Pedro Lima
2 years ago
Reply to  Terawatt

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

mat5e
mat5e
2 years ago
Reply to  Terawatt

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

Kel Dommage
Kel Dommage
2 years ago
Reply to  mat5e

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. πŸ˜‰ 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.

Kel Dommage
Kel Dommage
2 years ago
Reply to  Terawatt

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.

yogurt
yogurt
2 years ago

Doesn’t necessary belong here but interesting…
VWs China EV under the Seat brand…
https://carnewschina.com/2018/01/30/volkswagens-new-cheap-ev-china/

BAIC/BJEV has been granted a certificate to enter the EU market…
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/30/c_136936751.htm

Kel Dommage
Kel Dommage
2 years ago
Reply to  yogurt

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.

Ad van der Meer
Ad van der Meer
2 years ago

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.

Mg
Mg
2 years ago

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

Pedro Lima
2 years ago
Reply to  Mg

Yeah, I honestly don’t expect more battery capacity for the Zoe before 2020. Any range gains should be the result of efficiency improvements – as Ad van der Meer pointed out.

Furthermore, Renault seems happy with the Zoe’s range, but not with its costs.

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

Erik
Erik
2 years ago

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.

evescu
evescu
2 years ago

“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.

Pedro Lima
2 years ago
Reply to  evescu

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.

Lars
Lars
2 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

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?

Pedro Lima
2 years ago
Reply to  Lars

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

Lars
Lars
2 years ago

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.

Keshave Singh
Keshave Singh
2 years ago

Costing needs to be elaborated

premium salmon
premium salmon
2 years ago

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