Renault Zoe R110 ZE50 (2020) Guide

Renault Zoe R110 ZE50 (2020) Guide

The Renault Zoe is one of the most successful EVs to date. Since its inception in 2013, it has dominated the small EV market, and the latest update has ensured this cute, compact vehicle remains relevant and competitive in a fast-growing market. Significantly better range, more robust performance, faster speed, rapid charging, a minor facelift and a major overhaul of its interior; the Zoe ZE50 surpasses its predecessors and solidifies its leading position as a desirable, practical EV.

Electric Range

245 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£7.28

Battery Size

52 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

15 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes CCS max 50kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a Renault Zoe R110 ZE50

The Zoe ZE50, despite its suggestive name, comes with a battery size of 52kWh and has an official WLTP range of 245 miles.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take 9 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 27 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £7.28.

Unlike previous models, the updated Zoe has the added option of including a DC rapid charge rate of 50kW using a CCS connection, depending on your trim level. Plugged into a 50kW charge point and the Zoe will charge from 15% to 80% in 54 minutes.

It is also worth highlighting here that the Zoe ZE50, like previous models, has AC 3-phase charging capabilities of 22kW. Charging on the go using public charge points is one of the easiest ways to stay topped up, and the Zoe excels in this area. Shopping destinations or workplace charging that have 22kW charge points available means the Zoe will charge from 15% to 100% in under 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 25h for 0-100%
  • 3.7kW = 15h for 0-100%
  • 11kW (3-phase) = 5h for 0-100%
  • 22kW (3-phase) = 3h for 0-100%

*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 R110 ZE50

Classified as a BEV, the Zoe ZE50 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, compact EV qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

What are people saying about the Renault Zoe R110 ZE50?

As with the previous Zoe update, the new model boasts a larger battery, going from 41kW to 52kW, all while maintaining the same physical dimensions. The Zoe formula has stayed very much the same. Renault chose to keep what was working and address what wasn’t. The result is a minimal facelift with more assertive features, such as its aerodynamic nose and striking headlights, plus a colossal tech-lift – and that is what sets this Zoe apart from its older siblings.

The interior was once a let-down for the Zoe. However, its dated and dull layout is now fresh, modern with a high-tech look. Entirely recycled materials cover the dash, made from 100% recycled plastic and fabrics composed of recycled yarn (strengthened with old seat belt material). Combine this with the heavily updated infotainment system, housed in a curved centre-console tablet, as well as the digitally augmented cockpit, and you’ve got yourself a plush interior that rivals premium players such as BMW’s i3.

An updated ZE app allows you to pre-condition the car before getting in it, while also mapping out your route and sending it to the car – all from the comfort of your kitchen. Additional enhancements include being able to keep the heating on while you charge, a feature previously unavailable due to the air-cooled battery pack.

While many discuss the added cost of the DC charging, most fail to acknowledge the incredibly useful 22kW AC 3-phase charging capabilities. To put this in perspective, most Tesla’s can only charge up to 11kW on AC. Given 11kW and 22kW AC charge points are more readily available in and around towns, this makes the Zoe incredibly practical on a day-to-day basis for many.

Renault has again offered both leasing and outright ownership pricing models, which opens up the Zoe to a much broader customer base. If you’re trying to weigh up whether to go for total ownership or lease, consider your annual mileage. Leasing is substantially cheaper if you are low-mileage user, but you will have to transfer the lease when choosing to resell.

Driving the Zoe remains just as joyful, perhaps even quieter than before with sound insulation enhancements. Although the R110 is no slouch, if you’re looking for something with a bit more oomph, you may want to consider trading up to the GT R135. However, the spritelier performance, as with all EV’s, has a slightly adverse impact on range.

The added range, exceptional performance and updated interior make this Zoe one of the best small EVs around. As one of the first purpose-built EV’s, this new edition remains just as cute but with a little more assertiveness, boldly showing off all it has to offer. Compact, comfortable and sensible, it’s simply a great car. In a nutshell; the Zoe will remain one of the most influential EV’s out there.