Renault Zoe Debuts at 2012 Geneva Auto Show

2012 Geneva Auto Show


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    Renault Zoe Picture

    The production version of the Renault Zoe electric city car made its debut at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. | March 06, 2012

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2012 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The production version of the Renault Zoe electric city car made its formal debut on Tuesday at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.
  • In the U.K., the Zoe will start at the U.S. equivalent of $21,521 after a government rebate, making it one of the most affordable EVs on British roads.
  • The 88-horsepower Renault Zoe, which has a theoretical range of more than 130 miles, goes on sale in the fall in 11 countries.

GENEVA — The production version of the Renault Zoe electric city car made its formal debut on Tuesday at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.

The 88-horsepower Renault Zoe, which has a theoretical range of more than 130 miles, goes on sale in the fall in 11 countries. The French automaker does not sell cars in the U.S.

In the U.K., the five-passenger Zoe will start at the U.S. equivalent of $21,521 after a government rebate, making it one of the most affordable EVs on British roads.

"In real conditions, for example, in suburban use, the owner will generally achieve around 60 miles in cold weather and 90 miles in temperate conditions," said Renault in a statement.

The Zoe was introduced as a concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show and soon was the center of a controversy in its home country. The Zoe was the target of a lawsuit by French parents of girls named Zoe who were angered at the car's name. The case was thrown out of court in 2010.

The production version of the Zoe includes a special Michelin tire co-developed with Renault for electric vehicles. It makes its world debut along with the car. The rubber compound, tread design and sidewalls are designed to maximize the vehicle's range.

The Zoe also gets a "Chameleon charger," which has been patented by Renault. With it, the Zoe can be charged in an hour at 22kW, said the automaker.

The Zoe is also equipped with "Z.E. Voice," an alarm that warns pedestrians that the vehicle is approaching. It can be heard from 1-18 mph and the driver can choose among three different sounds.

Edmunds.com says: You'll have to admire the Renault Zoe from afar, since it isn't coming here.

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