Europes best selling electric vehicle, the Renault ZOE just got better with the introduction of a larger battery pack. The new battery for ZOE that provides up to 250 miles of driving on a single charge (NEDC), ZOE has the longest range of any mainstream electric vehicle on sale today.
Carlos Ghosn – Groupe Renault Chairman and CEO commented:
“This month Renault surpassed 100,000 electric vehicles sold and now ZOE will travel up to 250 miles (400km) without recharging. We are continuing to push in areas where innovation matters most for Renault customers. Making it easy for them to choose electric, with new connected services to enhance their driving experience, is a top priority for us and for ZOE customers.”
In real-world driving, Renault estimates the new 41kwh battery (known as Z.E. 40) has a range of 186 miles (300km) in urban or suburban areas with the existing 22kWh battery model to remain on sale alongside the new battery delivery 149 miles (240km) of range.
The time required to charge the Z.E. 40 battery is similar to that necessary for the standard battery. For example, just 30 minutes is required on average to charge the battery for an extra 50 miles (80km) of driving range when plugged into one of the many public charging points in operation in Europe. The ZOE continues to be available with the Quick Charge function to take full advantage of the maximum capacity of fast charging points located predominantly along motorway corridors.
Developed in close partnership with LG Chem, the battery uses high-energy density lithium-ion technology. Renault and LG engineers have succeeded in increasing storage capacity without making the battery any bigger or a lot heavier. It was optimised by working on the chemistry of the cells in order to increase their energy density, rather than stacking additional battery modules, a commonly used technique.
This major new technology has been developed while ensuring the battery’s reliability and safety.
The battery’s large storage capacity ensures longer range for the ZOE thanks to the meticulous work that went into integrating the battery in the vehicle. The electronic management system of the battery optimises the ZOE’s energy use on the move, while the new air circulation system maintains the temperature of the ZOE’s battery at a constant level, making the car economical to run in very hot or very cold weather.
The new battery option will be on sale in the UK from November 2016.