Renault Zoe EV, the all-new electric vehicle from Renault India is gearing up for the launch by 2020-2021. To gauge market interest, the model will first appear in February at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020 in Noida. However, the car is currently is in the testing phase. And it may receive certain modifications if necessary to make it suitable for India’s climate conditions. At the same time, Renault is testing the range locally.

As per the reports, one of the modifications the Zoe EV receives so far is the underside of the battery. It will provide additional protection to physical damage. Considering the combination of India’s unregulated speed-breaker sizes and penchant for overloading vehicles, this extra protection is thought to be essential.

The first cars to go on sale are likely to be partially assembled in India at the Alliance Plant in Chennai. It is expected to be driven by a 90hp electric motor and a 41kWh battery. A sprightly performance is anticipated (despite the kerb weight of around 1.5 tonnes) and the Zoe could have a real-world range of around 300-350km.

Renault Zoe EV may be a bit expensive for Indian EV lovers. Because it may cost around Rs 14-16 lakh for higher models. However, the price for Zoe EV lower models may fall in the range of Rs 7Lakh to 8Lakh. Expect i20 levels of space, quality on the inside will be similar too. Still, for those who want an effective electric runabout for the city, this car could be just what’s needed. The company will also showcase multiple other models at the upcoming Auto Expo, including a concept SUV to preview its future sub-four-meter product to rival the EcoSport and the Nexon.

Renault Zoe EV Engine & Transmission

The Renault Zoe specification setup comprises two electric motors that produce a combined power of 466bhp along with 640Nm of peak torque. It additionally gets two batteries that have a storage capacity of 40kW. While the batteries allow achieving full power, the air and water cooling system enables maintaining the correct temperature for the batteries and electronics.

Interior & Exterior

The insides of the Renault Zoe are expected to be styled in line with its sporty exteriors. Additionally, Renault will pack a bunch of comfort and connectivity tech. The international model comes with a host of features such as heated seats, push-button start/stop, and premium leather seat covers. We could expect some of these on the India-spec model. While nothing comes officially from the carmaker yet, the EV was testing in India right ahead of its official debut at the biennial event. Moreover, it bolsters Renault’s claims of introducing the EV in India at a later stage.

On the other hand, Renault Zoe Concept is an amalgamation of the standard Renault Zoe and a Formula E Renault e.dams single-seater. This is what gives the EV a sporty design. Unlike the usual EVs which feature a boxy silhouette, the Renault Zoe was seen sporting satin blue bodywork reminiscent of the Renault e.dams single-seater exterior styling. It additionally features splashes of yellow, C-shape lighting signature and Renault badge with a backlit treatment.

Renault Zoe Mileage

The Renault Zoe also comes with four driving models and drivers can choose a mode based on their preference. According to the European driving cycle, the Renault Zoe delivers an impressive range of 400km. The EV charges up to 80% within 65 minutes through a quick-charger. However, Renault maintains the EV could offer 300km of range in real-world driving conditions and will take 8-9 hours for one full-charge through a standard 7kW charger.

Performance and Handling

According to claims made by the company, the Zoe EV can achieve the 0-to-100km/h sprint in just 3.2 seconds and offers a top speed of 210km/h. Since the EV hasn’t launched yet, it is a bit early to comment on this aspect.

What Do We Think About Renault Zoe?

Renault currently offers a range of traditional petrol-diesel powered vehicles in India. However, with the government’s probe to go all-electric by 2030, the company is now planning to launch EVs in India. The Zoe looks like a complete package with sporty looks and impressive range, topped by a bunch of goodies.

Renault Zoe EV already hits the European market in September last year.

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