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Renault Zoe

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20 February 2011

Appart from the slightly large arse, that's a really nice piece of design. I especially like the face.

20 February 2011

This is Renault moving in a new direction which is commendable.This electric tech and new styling is a vast improvement.Let us hope that the next Clio looks something like this

20 February 2011

[quote Lesia44] I especially like the face[/quote]

Me too. I like the fact that it looks a bit 'cranky' and not at all cuddly.

20 February 2011

While it is true to say that it is resonably priced, I believe that the batteries need to be paid for via an extra monthly lease for the duration of car ownership.....so compared to a conventionally powered car, we are not there yet....although we seem to be getting close.

20 February 2011

Looks interesting and is certainly another step forward with regards to the drive train, even if it still falls slightly short. Design of the car is fresh and interesting if a little Kia Venga from behind though and as others have said, Renault would do well to adapt this for more conventional models.

One question though and this isn't just solely aimed at this car but at all electrically motivated cars, why do none of the manufacturers fit a solar cell roof? I know this would increase cost and weight a little but surely the benefits in warmer countries (and who knows, sometimes during the summer in the UK!) would more than compensate.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

20 February 2011

Does not look too bad . Cheap as well . Well kind of . I have seen a quote of £70/month for battery leasing but Renault have no plans for introducing quick drop battery changes to the UK and it takes 8 hrs to get a full charge on a 240v supply .

Electric cars are getting better but still have a way to go before they are truly viable .

I do like the idea of leasing batteries as I would imagine the second hand value of an electric car with dud batteries will be zilch .

Will bring in a whole new range of cons for the Arthur Daley types though !

" The batterys' a good runner sir......."

20 February 2011

Electric cars will be the biggest failure in automotive history! Manufacturers presents products nobody really needs. Small cars, hybrids, yes,because of the rising fuel prices. EVs are only for show rooms so far, with no practical usage.

Anyway, I like the dash of this one!

20 February 2011

I cant think of the last time we took our second car more than 50 miles from home. I think in 2 car families this is a good idea. The issue with battery leasing is that you pay for fuel even if you are not using it. I would only be interested if the batteries were included. In 5 or 6 years when they need replacing the batteries will be cheaper anyway.

20 February 2011

I too like the 'face' of this car. Hopefully other manufacturers might start to move away from the large lower grille look, a fashion which has lasted far too long in my opinion. I think the sides and front wings are a bit over sculpted though, but, again, there seems to be a fashion for that sort of thing.

20 February 2011

[quote TegTypeR]One question though and this isn't just solely aimed at this car but at all electrically motivated cars, why do none of the manufacturers fit a solar cell roof? I know this would increase cost and weight a little but surely the benefits in warmer countries (and who knows, sometimes during the summer in the UK!) would more than compensate.[/quote]

Because they're heavy, expensive and barely produce enough electricity to run an LED, let alone recharge a battery. Until photovoltiacs improve and become cheaper, lighter and with greater energy density there would be no point. Also warmth has nothing to do with it ;)

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