Renault has signed its 100,000th electric car battery leasing contract. Even in those countries where it is also possible to purchase the battery, leasing remains the preferred solution for the majority of customers. In the UK, 94% of ZOE owners leased their battery in 2016.
Because of Renault’s lifetime warranty on leased batteries, this option brings considerable peace of mind to drivers. If the battery fails, or if its energy capacity drops significantly, Renault will change or repair it free of charge, for the duration of the vehicle’s lifecycle. Therefore, used car buyers benefit from a guaranteed level of battery performance, which is a significant advantage for owners.
Battery upgrade now possible
Thanks to battery leasing, from later in 2017, owners of a ZOE equipped with a 22kWh pack will be able to upgrade to the Z.E. 40 battery, and benefit from a real-world range of 186 miles, for an additional cost – further information and pricing will be announced closer to the time.
With the arrival of the new Z.E. 40 battery pack, Renault has introduced a more streamlined pricing scheme which is banded and reflects estimated annual mileage ensuring ZOE drivers only pay for what they need, starting from as little as £49 per month.
New for 2017 is the ‘Unlimited’ option for retail customers that has no mileage cap, and is priced at £110 per month. These options ease the control of running costs for ZOE owners. What’s more, customers get optimal flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing personal needs, since they can switch options at any time.