The recently revealed pure-electric Renault Zoe is in Australia undergoing testing as the local brand assesses its potential and suitability for our market.
Renault Australia has been testing a heavily camouflaged Zoe in Melbourne and Perth following its unveiling earlier this month at the Geneva motor show.
Renault hopes the all-electric Zoe's 210km range (according to official European standards) will make it a legitimate alternative for buyers to conventional combustion engine-powered vehicles in Australia and overseas. Renault has told prospective customers to expect slightly lower real-world ranges of between 100km-150km, depending on the climate and weather conditions.
The 65kW/220Nm Renault Zoe has the flexibility of being charged at varying power using its integrated Chameleon charger, leading to charge times between 30 minutes and nine hours, with a 22kW one-hour fast charge also possible.
While the managing director of Renault Australia Justin Hocevar says he looks forward to being able to offer the Renault Zoe to Australians in the future, there is no word yet on release dates or potential prices.
Australia will see the first of Renault’s new EV range in the coming months when it launches the Fluence Z.E. small sedan. Priced in the high-$30,000s, it will initially be available in Canberra by midyear before being rolled out across the country in the fourth quarter of 2012.