Renault ZOE now with 250 mile rangeOctober 2, 2016
A Renault ZOE with the longest range of any mainstream electric vehicle – 250 miles – has been unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and will go on sale in the UK in November.
In real-world driving, Renault estimates the new Z.E. 40 battery (41kWh) has a range of 186 miles in urban or suburban areas (compared to its NEDC driving range of 250 miles). The existing 22kWh battery – with an NEDC range of 149 miles, or 106 miles in ‘real-world’ range. will remain on sale alongside the new battery.
The time required to charge the Z.E. 40 battery is similar to that for the standard battery. For example, just 30 minutes is required on average to charge the battery for an extra 50 miles 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.
The ZOE’s new Z.E. 40 battery boasts 41kWh of energy, equivalent to almost double the storage capacity of the ZOE’s standard battery (22kWh of energy).
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 much 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.
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.
To complement the new battery, the ZOE motor has undergone a naming restructure, moving from being related to range (in kilometres) to power output (in horsepower) to match internal combustions engine vehicles. So the 90hp R240 ZOE motor (2012-2016) becomes the R90 (22kWh) (Rapid) and the Q210 ZOE motor (2012-2016) becomes the Q90 (43kWh) (Quick).
About 80,000 public charging stations are in operation across Europe. To provide ZOE owners with easy access to them, Renault has released two free services: Z.E. Trip helps customers to locate charging points, while Z.E. Pass gives access to a high number of charging stations.
Z.E. Trip: Using the R-LINK navigation system to locate all charging points
Z.E. Trip makes long-distance driving a breeze in the ZOE by allowing drivers to locate all public charging points in some of the main European countries. Z.E. Trip can be accessed directly via the Renault R-LINK navigation system using the steering wheel-mounted controls or via the internet to prepare trips in advance. The service indicates the real-time availability of each charging point, as well as its type and whether it is compatible with the car. The driver can select a charging point based on its charging capacity so the speeds suit their requirements.
Z.E. Trip began its rollout to ZOE customers in certain European markets in September and is anticipated to be rolled out in the UK in the coming months.
Z.E. Pass: a single access and payment solution for most public charging points
The Z.E. Pass app makes charging the ZOE easier at most public charging points in Europe even though they are owned by various operators. The driver can pay using the smartphone app or with an RFID badge. They can also locate available charging stations and compare prices at different stations nearby using their smartphone or tablet without having to be a registered member of each network.
Developed in association with Bosch, the service was released in Germany in September 2016 and will be rolled out over the next few months in France, UK, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
Z.E. Smartphone App Enhances To Include Door-To-Door Navigation
New features will be added to the Z.E. app that is freely available to all Renault Z.E. customers in the first half of 2017 to make journeys in the ZOE even easier, including door-to-door navigation.
Thanks to this feature, the user can enter his or her complete trip using their smartphone app and then forward it to the ZOE’s navigation system (Renault R-LINK). Once in the car, the driver can access their pre- programmed itinerary automatically.
After parking, the app takes over from the ZOE’s navigation system to indicate the final part of the journey on foot. The driver can also use the app to help find where they parked their ZOE or to look up their trip history and any other information in their trip computer.
Remote battery charging management
The Z.E. smartphone app keeps ZOE drivers connected to their car, even when they are not driving, in order to optimise battery charging.
ZOE owners can remotely:
- Check information, such as the car’s charge level, the estimated remaining range, the time remaining until the vehicle is fully charged, etc. It also receives messages when charging begins and is completed.
- Operate some of their car’s functions, including the cabin’s pre-conditioning system (cabin temperature) and activating the battery charging process, as well as taking advantage of off-peak electricity rates and different CO2 footprints depending on type of electricity generation (i.e. renewable energy sources may be more widely used by energy companies during off-peak periods)
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