WINNER OF THE BEST ELECTRIC VEHICLE IS THE 100% - ELECTRIC RENAULT ZOE
The new Renault Zoe is the latest electronic car by Renault, and this vehicle doesn't compromise on style and comfort while still making the car eco-friendly. A compact and reliable car, the new Renault has been designed to offer an alternative to the usual supermini vehicles.
Firstly, the Zoe will cost just £13,995 - as the Government's Plug-in Car Grant means the RRP is subsidised by up to £5,000, due to the environmental friendliness of electric vehicles. Not only that but, in the cost of monthly battery rental, full breakdown cover is included, while you can also get a charge-up should you run flat.
The battery life is said to reach up to 130 miles on an undisturbed drive, but in stop-start city driving the Renault Zoe offers between 62-92 miles between each charge. The range is dependent on the traffic conditions and the weather, as warmer weather increases the range, while cold weather does the opposite.
When it comes to performance, the Zoe gives you 89bhp, and has CO2 emissions of 62g/km - making it exempt from Road Tax, the Congestion Charge and other benefits - this is a car the Government want you to drive. Due to the electronically powered motor, noise emission is far less than its fuel powered rivals, which means your drive can be tranquil and peaceful - valuable if you have a fast paced lifestyle. Maximising safety, the Zoe is silent especially at low speeds, so when driving under 18mph the car emits noises to warn pedestrians of your presence.
The ever-increasing development and growth of electric vehicles mean that charging is becoming cheaper and easier. The Universal Charger in the Zoe shows this, and you can choose between three charging options; standard charge is a full charge up that takes between six to nine hours, while a quick charge can give you 37 miles worth of driving charge in under 10 minutes or 80 per cent charge in 30 minutes, while finally a "quickdrop" is a three minute battery exchange. The fast charge options are considerably cheaper than previous equivalents too.
The Zoe doesn't compromise on style, and the teardrop shape of the chassis expresses the fluidity of the model. The interior is simple and contemporary, giving both driver and passenger a calming feel. Should you want to, you can have an innovative package fitted to make your Zoe a "Spa Car". In partnership with Biotherm, Renault have installed a package where the air conditioning hydrates your skin - useful over long journeys, uses an air filtering technology so the air in the cabin is always clean and fresh, the intelligent use of aromatherapy technology means to can enjoy relaxing scents on the drive home from work, or have a more stimulating fragrance when it comes to driving at night when you need to stay alert. This package also includes light technology in partnership with Phillips, where light displays in the central panel promote energy and general well-being.
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