New Renault ZOE is officially unveiled with ZE 50 battery

New Renault ZOE with ZE 50 battery

The new Renault ZOE was officially unveiled today and brings a more powerful motor, more battery capacity, more range, CCS fast charging and better interior.



Let’s see the press release.

New ZOE is more high-performing than ever, notably thanks to its increased power and radius of action. Its assertive design gives it even more character. New ZOE offers a wide range of high-tech equipment serving both the driving comfort and the on-board experience. The pleasure of driving 100% electric takes on a new dimension!


Design: an assertive character

From the audacity of its youth to the dynamism of its adulthood, New ZOE has also reached a milestone in terms of design. The soft shapes of the previous generation now have more distinct characteristics that make the car stand out on the road as well as providing more seating. Groupe Renault’s designers have paid particular attention to the interior’s quality finishes, its comfort and the ergonomics. A noteworthy addition to New ZOE is the 10-inch driver’s display – a unique feature available right from entry level.


New Renault ZOE interior


Driving range and charging: ZOE goes further and further

New ZOE has a Z.E. 50 battery which takes its range up to 390 kilometers on the WLTP*. It now also offers fast direct current charging, an addition to the alternating current charging options already available at home or on the street.


New Renault ZOE charging port


Driving pleasure: electrifying sensations

New ZOE adds a more powerful 100 kW motor, perfectly suited to the fast lane, to the intrinsic charms of electric driving, and also a new mode particularly adapted to urban driving, allowing for the reduced use of the brake pedal, as well as many driving aids designed for comfort and safety.


New Renault ZOE technical features


Renault EASY CONNECT: a simplified experience from start to finish

With Renault EASY CONNECT, New ZOE responds to our ever-more connected lives. It combines the new Renault EASY LINK multimedia system and the MY Renault app, offering drivers a range of applications and services designed to accompany them throughout their daily activities. 


New Renault ZOE in Glacier White colour


* WLTP driving range (Worldwide Harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure, standardized cycle: 57% of urban journeys, 25% of suburban journeys, 18% of highway journeys), for the ZOE Life version. In the process of being approved.


This press release confirms the information that was previously leaked.

Motor: 100 kW (R135)

On-board charger: 22 kW

DC fast charging: 50 kW via CCS

Range (WLTP): 380-390 km (236-242 miles)

Battery capacity: 52-54 kWh



The new Renault ZOE is great and in my opinion is still the best looking supermini (electric or not) available in Europe. Long are the days that automakers made electric cars ugly on purpose in order to undermine them. The more powerful motor, more battery capacity, more range, CCS fast charging and better interior shows us that Renault wants to keep this electric car as one of the most successful in Europe.

Now let’s talk about the elephant in the room, the CCS fast charging. Renault says that you can “fast” charge 80 percent of the battery in 70 minutes at a DC fast charger, we can hardly call that fast… Considering that 80 % of 52 kWh is 41,6 kWh and a DC charging efficiency of 95 %, the mean charging rate is around 37,5 kW (52 x 0,8 / 0,95 x 60 / 70).

However, the previous model only had its 22 kW on-board charger and still is very successful in Europe.

I’m curious to know if the 22 kW on-board charger was improved to better handle the Norwegian power grid. If it didn’t at least Norwegians can resort to DC charging. Another bonus of the DC charging port is the future support of the V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technology.

Finally, the price. While we still don’t have any official information in that regard, some rumors say that this new version of the Renault ZOE will only be 500 euros more expensive than the outgoing model. Nevertheless, you might find good deals on the outgoing models R90 and R110.

Having this said at around 30.000 euros, the Renault ZOE isn’t yet the electric car for the masses. Battery technological advancements have been used for increasing the range, instead of decreasing the costs. I hope that the 30 kWh battery that we saw in a Renault parts catalog is either for the Renault Twingo ZE or the Renault K-ZE.


What do you like and dislike the most about the new Renault ZOE?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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Carlos Carvalho
2 years ago

What I dislike most is the price. Still quite above the price of a Clio.

2 years ago

I don’t understand what’s wrong with price. It should be as high as possible to sell all of the planned production.
Does anyone have any information about planned yearly production?

2 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

For whole CY2019, plans are around 41k from July to December. Previous model will be End Of Production this summer, and in total Renault could reach 70-75k in 2019. 100k units/year will not be achieved before 2020, or even in 2021 with ZOE 2 (complete new one)

Mehmet Akgöz
2 years ago

Sadly 50kw CCS is not really future proof. Almost all of the new E.V. models are supporting 100 kw CCS or above. This is the only disappointing part of new Zoe. Keeping 22kw AC was smart tho, that was the main reason why it was very successful

2 years ago

its not only “500 euros more” when in the uk at least you can buy the current zoe £9k cheaper than list price , doubt we will be able to buy a battery owned ze50 for £18-20k like we can do a ze40 one now

Blue shadow
2 years ago

The Best improvement is the light…candlelight dinner is over.

We all miss charging with 43 kW AC…

I wish to see the specs in the Kangoo…

2 years ago

“I’m curious to know if the 22 kW on-board charger was improved to better handle the Norwegian power grid. If it didn’t at least Norwegians can resort to DC charging. Another bonus of the DC charging port is the future support of the V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technology.”

It’s fixed(!). Renault are going to sell it with a new cable that functions for both IT- and TN-grid. This means that people don’t even need a dedicated home charger.

2 years ago

IMHO this isn’t a new ZOE, it’s just an update. Since the last updated ZOE was introduced last year or so, could we expect to see updates/new version of EVs every single year?

2 years ago

Great overview as always Pedro, but I am missing your excellent battery analysis? 😉 They say that they do not changed the cell count and so for 52 kWh usable energy (I think about 55 kWh of total energy) it gives me ~78 Ah pouch cells with 3.7 Vnom. I think they should be supplied by LG chem as the actual 41 kWh battery cells. I have never heard about LG pouch cells with that capacity.

2 years ago

I would actually more call it a facelift, the interior is new, but from the outside there isn’t much difference. The 50 kW DC is disappointing.
The starting price of the e-208 has been released:

About the same as the Opel Corsa-e, or maybe I should say slightly less as the starting price includes the 3-phase charger and the Corsa-e only gets that at the next trim level.

Ralf K.
2 years ago

You missed the battery analysis this time (or maybe kept this stuff for another great article?):
12 modules of 8s2p = 96s2p, 192 cells.
52 kWh usable / 192 cells / 3,6V = 75,2 Ah usable
So, I guess they are using LGChem 78 Ah cells. This would make it 192 * 78Ah * 3,6V = 53,913 kWh nominal, which matches quite nicely the 54 kWh figure in the parts catalog. However, we see that 52 kWh usable capacity would be quite close to the 54 kWh gross capacity. It’s better to assume something like 50 kWh. But I guess with the 52 kWh figure, Renault marketing wanted a “promotional” advantage over the 50 kWh usable battery capacity of the Peugeot e-208 and Corsa-e. 🙂 Both of which however have less range with their 330/340 km WLTP figures instead of 380/390 km WLTP in the Zoe MY2020.

I’m not sure, whether the 3,6V are a valid assumption for these Hi-energy cells. May also be 3,7V or 3.75V depending on cell chemistry.

ZE50 would keep the whole battery configuration from the previous one (ZE40 battery with 41 kWh is also 12s 8s2p), but update the cells to more energy-dense ones (these could be different in dimensions however). Weight of the battery pack only slightly increases from 305 kg (ZE40) to 326 kg (ZE50). While Nissan in the Leaf 61 kWh cramped 288 cells (96s 3p) in almost the same housing as the 40 kWh battery and added the weight of about 96 cells.

I believe, LGChem Poland makes such 78 Ah pouch cells, just like for VW id.3.

ZE 40 Energy density at battery pack level: 44,9 kWh / 305 kg = 147 Wh/kg.
ZE 50 Energy density at battery pack level: 54 kWh / 326 kg = 165 Wh/kg.
A nice small increase.

2 years ago
Reply to  Ralf K.

Thanks Ralf for this post. It makes perfect sense. I just haven’t heard of LG chem cells bigger than 65Ah, so I firstly think that there will be used 39Ah cells in 96s4p but the specs talks clearly about 2p. Do we know something about this 78Ah cells? I think that they will become as a standard for many upcoming vehicles.

Pedro reis
2 years ago

Do you think the new 50 will fit on the previous 22 and 40 as upgrade?

2 years ago

I have an off-topic question.
In an ICEV the heating in the winter is achieved by the waste energy (heat) of the engine. When pushed to its limits both the electric engine and the battery in a BEV gets warm. I don’t know if the electric engine of a BEV also is cooled, but at least many batteries are cooled. Would it be possible to use the waste energy (heat) of the electric engine and/or the battery to heat the BEV, if not solely maybe at least to make the heat pump more efficient?
This would only make sense in the winter and probably longer highway driving, but also in these situations electricity is used to heat the car.

Pier Carlo Cadoppi
10 months ago
Reply to  Lars

This is done in the Tesla Model 3!

2 years ago

Lars, this is already done in good evs (Hyunday, Kia, Tesla and maybe some other). This is called scavenger heat – usually done with a common cooling/heating circuit, like here:

EVs that do this are very efficient especially in extreme temperatures.

Since the Zoe has air cooling it does not use energy this efficiently and does not use this technique.

2 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Would a car that does not have a heat pump also be able to use this, like the e-up? I guess the e-up does not have any liquid cooling and the heating is by heating the air directly by the electricity?

2 years ago

No leaked details on cells? Manufacturer? Chemistry?