107bhp from a new electric motor gives the 2018 EV more punch without affecting range

The new Renault Zoe R110 is priced from £18,420, meaning it costs £250 more than the old R90 - as scooped by Autocar last week.

Available for order from today, the R110, with an additional 16bhp over the previous R90, is claimed to provide better rolling acceleration, shaving 1.8sec from the R90's 12.0sec 80-120kph (49.7-74.5mph) time.

Off-the-line performance is said to be identical to the R90’s because the R110 produces the same 166lb ft of instantly available torque. The new model is also expected to have the same range as its less potent sibling, although Renault is waiting until WLTP results are confirmed before providing final numbers. The R90's quoted NEDC range is 250 miles, with a claimed real-world range of 190 miles.

Renault said the added grunt of the R110 is the result of “power electronics-related innovations” so it brings no weight or size penalties.

The R110 will be available with Android Auto smartphone mirroring, bringing Android-compatible apps such as Waze, Spotify and Skype to the car’s infotainment system.

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In addition, Renault has added a dark metallic Aconite shade to the Zoe's colour palette, as well as a new purple interior pack that adds violet upholstery and violet satin to the dashboard and interior trim.

The car, which made its public debut at the Geneva motor show earlier this month, is scheduled for deliveries from late summer.

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The R110 motor brings Renault's tally of electric powerplants to five. Its other motors produce between 59bhp and 91bhp, and are fitted to the Zoe, Kangoo ZE, Master ZE and Daimler’s Smart Electric Drive models.

Renault’s more powerful Zoe is unveiled at a time when the model, which was launched in 2012, continues to grow in popularity. European sales totalled 30,134 in 2017, representing an increase of 8894 on the year before.

This mirrors a trend seen across the electric vehicle segment, with 13,500 EVs sold in 2017. Electrified cars, including hybrids, surged in demand by 34.8% from 2016.

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19 March 2018

Well, yes if measured on of the standard cycle tests. But of course as soon as you use the extra power available, it's going to use more energy and travel less far as a result. So probably bet be use the extra power carefully if you have a distance to travel!

 

19 March 2018
LP in Brighton wrote:

Well, yes if measured on of the standard cycle tests. But of course as soon as you use the extra power available, it's going to use more energy and travel less far as a result. So probably bet be use the extra power carefully if you have a distance to travel!

 

Usually yes, but in this case it probably makes little difference, as the engine torque is unchanged.

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