Renault’s next electric vehicle, the Zoe supermini, will be priced from £13,650 including the Government plugged-in car grant when it goes on sale in spring next year.
Customer will also have to rent the battery from £70 a month.
Dealers are taking pre-orders for £49 for what Renault is calling the flagship in its range of EVs, which includes the Twizy, Fluence ZE saloon and Kangoo ZE van.
The new model has a potential range of 130 miles on a full charge due to new technology features like new-generation regenerative braking, Michelin Energy EV tyres and an energy saving fuel pump. As with all EVs the range widely depends on the type of use the car is subjected to. In suburban use, the Zoe will generally achieve around 60 miles in cold weather and 90 miles in temperate conditions.
Andy Heiron, Renault UK head of electric vehicles programme, said: “Zoe will be the spearhead of the Renault Z.E. range.
“In addition to its compact size, attractive styling and affordable price tag, it showcases Renault’s technological excellence when it comes to electric vehicles.”
The Zoe is available in three trim levels – Expression, Dynamique Zen and Dynamique Intens. The Dynamique Zen and Intens trims start from £14,750.
Charging batteries at a charging station can take between 30 minutes and nine hours, with 80% of full battery power able to be achieved within 30 minutes using a fast charger.
Standard equipment includes USB port and SD multimedia, Bluetooth, climate control, cruise control, ZE Connect remote charge monitoring system, Chameleon charger plug, TomTom satellite navigation and LED day time running lights.
New interior features include Renault’s R-Link seven-inch display, steering wheel-mounted controls and voice recognition.
The electric motor has a power output of 65kW (equivalent to 88hp) and instantly delivers maximum torque of 220Nm. The top speed is limited to 84mph and the Zoe features a “Voice” which warns pedestrians between 1-18mph the car is approaching. This feature can be turned off.