Renault claims that it may be the last manufacturer to offer a free charging point with a new fully-electric car.
The company says that its free wall-box promotion, worth over £200, still stands, despite changing offers in the rest of the market.
Renault is also offering ZOE customers a £2,750 deposit contribution on all new purchases as part of the recently launched Renault Summer Season.
Combined with the Government’s still-live plug-in grant, the electric Renault ZOE is available from just £174 per month including £45 per month mandatory battery hire.
The ZOE starts at £13,995 (after UK Government’s Plug In Car Grant) and costs less than 2p per mile to run.
It boasts the longest NEDC range of any mainstream electric car at 130 miles, and its five star EuroNCAP score ranked it the safest supermini last year.
Renault is still including a 7kW wall box – worth £214 – for free at domestic properties in the UK. The wall box charges the ZOE from zero to 100% in three to four hours.
All of these savings mean that a typical ZOE buyer could be thousands of pounds better off, even before taking into account the associated Benefit-in-Kind, road tax and congestion charge benefits of running an electric vehicle.
British Gas will install a 32 amp (7kW) ZE ready single wall-box with all new purchases, and have it fully operational ready for owners to charge their pure electric ZOE at home for the first time.
Renault believes that around 90% of charging will take place at home, with the ZOE’s battery able to be charged from completely flat to fully charged in just three and a half hours, while the ZOE can also be fast charged to 80% of its capacity in just 30 minutes using public rapid-charger 43kW power sources, of which there are already over 150 around the country.
The single wall-box can be installed at any UK residential address with an O2 data signal, and has an attached lead, meaning that drivers don’t have to delve into the boot at night to find the cable to plug in. The cable is 4.5 metres long, ensuring that even customers with off-street parking will be able to charge their ZOE easily.
The ZOE’s battery hire contract includes a battery performance guarantee, whereby if, for any reason, its operation falls below 75% of its original capacity, it will simply be repaired or replaced, regardless of the vehicle’s age or mileage.
If a customer runs out of charge, cover is also included to take them to a chargepoint. Renault has a national network of EV-ready dealerships, every one of which has charging solutions, and the national network of charging points is growing by the day. For full details, see www.renault.co.uk/chargemap
For lower mileage retail customers, a battery hire deal on all new ZOE orders starts from only £45 per month. When taken over a three-year term, based on 3,000 miles per year, it offers a real cost-effective alternative tailored to those doing shorter journeys on a regular basis.
The ZOE also comes with 4 years/100,000 miles warranty and roadside assistance.
Example – ZOE Dynamique Intens
|48 monthly payments of||£174|
|Dealer deposit contribution||£2750|
|Total amount of credit||£10195|
|Finance facility fee||£99|
|Optional final payment||£6005|
|Option to purchase fee||£149|
|Total amount payable||£17445|
|Fixed interest rate p.a.||6.25%|
|6.9% APR representative|
The Renault ZOE monthly payment of £174 set out above includes a credit repayment of £129 per month and a separate mandatory battery hire repayment of £45 per month, based on 750 miles per calendar quarter, excess miles 30p per mile including VAT. Minimum duration 12 months. Other battery hire terms and mileage options are available.
Renault is keen to point out that if you drive a Renault ZOE you will not own the battery.