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by Tim Beissmann

An image depicting a Renault Zoe cabriolet has appeared on the French brand’s dedicated electric vehicle Facebook page.

While it looks convincing, the image is a computer generation created by a fan of the zero-emission Zoe city car, rather than a revelation of the next phase of Renault’s EV expansion.

The fact that the Zoe cabriolet has no actual links to Renault’s design department mattered little to the administrators of the official ‘Renault ZE’ Facebook page, however, who posted the image this week.

Renault’s Facebook page describes the Zoe cabriolet as “ideal for driving in the fresh spring sun” before asking its online followers: “Would you like this concept made by a fan to be real?”

The image has attracted 737 likes, 117 comments and 148 shares from its 21,873 fans since being posted on Wednesday.

While Renault has no formal plans to build a Zoe cabriolet, it will monitor its fans’ reactions to the concept closely to gauge the level of interest in the pint-sized open-air EV.

The Renault Zoe is a pure-electric hatchback powered by a 22kWh lithium-ion battery and a 65kW/220Nm electric motor. The Zoe has a range of 210km, and can be recharged within 30 minutes using a fast charger.

Renault Australia has previously confirmed its interest in the Zoe, but has no firm plans to introduce the compact electric car to our market at this stage.