Renault has revealed its new 2018 model-year ZOE, featuring the new R110 electric motor. This will be the first Renault EV to feature the new 80kW powerplant which combines extra power and stronger acceleration.
The R110 motor is 12kW (16hp) more powerful than its predecessor, despite being the same size, and takes almost two seconds off ZOE’s 49.7-to-74.5mph (80-120kph) time.
Elisabeth Delval, Assistant Programme Director, Renault ZOE, said: “Thanks to this power boost, ZOE is even more responsive and versatile when used for journeys out of town. In addition to being able to enjoy the pleasure of driving a ZOE, drivers will also benefit from the longest range available for a mass-market electric car.”
The new R110 motor is the latest in Renault’s electric motor development and production strategy. It takes the number of variants of the Renault-designed and -produced motor available for Kangoo Z.E., Master Z.E., ZOE and Daimler’s smart electric drive up to five (44kW, 57kW, 60kW, 68kW and 80kW).
Android Auto-enabled R-LINK Evolution will be available for 2018-model-year ZOE, which means drivers will be able to display driving-compatible Android applications stored on their smartphone (including Waze, Deezer, Spotify, TuneIn, Skype, Messenger, Audible and many others available from Google Play Store) on their car’s multimedia screen.
Order books for ZOE equipped with the new R110 motor, Android Auto compatibility and optional Purple Interior Pack will open in the UK in spring 2018, with first customer deliveries expected in late summer. UK pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.