The Renault ZOE has been named the ‘Best Electric Car’ for the fourth consecutive year, as well as the ‘Best Electric Car for less than £20,000’ at the What Car? Awards in London.
The Renault ZOE which now has a range of up to 250 miles (NEDC) through its new Z.E.40 battery, provides nearly double the previous storage capacity whilst retaining fast charging times at an accessible price. Renault estimates that in real-world driving conditions the range equates to around 186 miles in summer and 124 miles in winter. With charging times of as little as 60 minutes for zero to 80 per cent full thanks to its patented Chameleon Charger™.
Also a finalist in the Technology Award, the Renault ZOE is an all-electric, five-door supermini. Available with two battery options and a choice of three trim levels, Expression Nav, Dynamique Nav and Signature Nav, the ZOE offers a high level of standard specification even on the entry level Expression Nav which comes with a 7-inch touch screen R-Link 2 infotainment system with satellite navigation and climate control.
What Car?’s favoured trim, the Dynamique Nav offers rear parking sensors, hands-free keycard and automatic lights and wipers. Whilst the new top of the range Signature Nav provides motorists with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a rear parking camera and seven speaker BOSE® audio system.
Commenting on the decision to award the ZOE for a fourth consecutive year, Steve Huntingford, Editor, What Car? said: “Given the rate of progress in this class during the past 12 months, this win shows just how much this recent update has improved the ZOE. Realistically, it’s now possible to drive for 174 miles between each charge, up from the 106 miles of the previous battery. And Renault has kept everything that was already great about the ZOE: its practicality, tidy handling and standard kit. Plus, while range is up dramatically, price isn’t. And to include many of the latest comfort and infotainment features as well as fast charging at this price makes the ZOE a truly brilliant all-rounder.”
Paul Flanagan, Managing Director, Renault UK, said of the result: “The new 2017 model year Renault ZOE now delivers the best range of any mainstream electric vehicle which, along with interior and exterior upgrades, continues to prove that zero emissions vehicles can be stylish, practical and comfortable. We’re delighted that What Car? has recognised the ZOE’s talents for the fourth year in a row by naming it their best electric car of the year.”
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