Renault Zoe Q90 ZE40 (2018) Guide

Renault Zoe Q90 ZE40 (2018) Guide

Since its launch in 2013, the Renault Zoe has led the way in the fully electric supermini class. The updated ZE40 includes a 41kWh battery pack, almost doubling the original model spec but with minimal alterations to its size and weight. A five-seat, five-door, practical family hatchback, the Renault Zoe ZE40 offers greater energy efficiency, ample range and is competitively priced. Pleasing to look at and a pleasure to drive, Renault is opening up the world of electrified motoring to the masses.

Electric Range

174 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge


Battery Size

41 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

11 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes Type 2 43kW

OLEV Approved


Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a Renault Q90 ZE40

The Q90 ZE40 comes with a battery size of 41kWh and has an official WLTP range of 174 miles.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take around 6 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 29 miles*.

The Q90 ZE has onboard charging capabilities that enable you to rapid charge at 43kW AC. It also includes a max AC 3-phase charge rate of 22kW, a feature that many of its competitors don’t cover. If you frequent public charging stations or use a workplace charging scheme that has fast 11kW or 22kW chargers implements, the Zoe is well equipped to make use of those.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 19h for 0-100%
  • 3.7kW = for 11h 0-100%
  • 22kW (3-Phase) = 2h for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 40m for 20-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a Renault Zoe Q90 ZE40

Classified as a BEV, the Zoe ZE40 produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, this nippy supermini qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

What are people saying about the Renault Zoe Q90 ZE40?

The Renault Zoe is one of the most popular EVs on the road. The Q90 ZE40 model has seen Renault revamp the battery, taking what was already a great little car and transforming into a more accessible and usable vehicle. Instead of adding more battery modules, the French juggernaut implemented new technologies to increase the energy density of individual cells. The real triumph of this Zoe model is that it is precisely the same compact size and weight (almost) as a predecessor but with more exceptional range capabilities. If you were a fan of the previous Zoe model, you’re guaranteed to love this one.

The interior and all its features remain the same as the original; it’s conservative and provides everything you need from navigation to air-con. The visual display and general layout may feel a little dated for 2018, but it works. As a five-door hatchback there’s plenty of space inside the cabin, seating is comfortable, and the backseat passengers don’t have too much to complain about. The battery, packed under the floor, makes for a higher seating in the back but it doesn’t impact the boot which is generous – adequately catering for families and their luggage.

The area where the Renault Zoe may become a little complicated is in the matter of all model specs and trims. With multiple variants of the same car and an assortment of leasing and ownership payment options, it can all become rather complicated. The 22kWh version remains the entry-level model moving up to 40kWh and then adding on benefits such as fast charging, leather seating etc.

On top of specs and trim levels, Renault launched the Zoe with battery leasing as standard. In the early EV days, when owning a used battery was deemed an economic risk; this made sense. As the technology progressed, drivers have become more comfortable owning the car (and its battery) outright, and for many the idea of another monthly bill is off-putting. Leasing and outright ownership options are now available. In any case, there’s likely to be a Renault Zoe that meets all your needs.

Driving a Zoe is both fun and serene. From the swift acceleration, controlled steering, confident handling and quiet cruising, this car excels when driving around town. The larger battery pack allows for greater flexibility in its use and outpaces the likes of Nissan’s Leaf. A smooth ride and well-equipped interior make this sensible five-door hatchback a compelling case for anyone looking to venture into EV ownership.