Renault has slotted a more powerful electric motor into its little electric hatch, creating the new Zoe R110.
The new motor is the same size as the outgoing R90 unit, but produces 12kW more power, bumping its output to a lofty 80kW. Peak torque is still 225Nm, but the car now runs from 80 to 120km/h two seconds faster than before.
Renault is claiming an 11.4-second sprint to 100km/h and a 135km/h top speed, but both figures are largely immaterial: the Zoe is a car designed for European cities, making highway performance less of a concern.
Range will, for the first time, be measured using the new World Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Protocol (WLTP) certification developed to replace the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC).
The R110 still claims a 300km real-world range in urban environments, and Renault says “early estimations” should see the 41kWh battery deliver that figure in testing.
“Thanks to this power boost, Zoe is even more responsive and versatile when used for journeys out of town,” says Elisabeth Delval, assistant director, Renault Zoe.
“In addition to being able to enjoy the pleasure of driving a Zoe, drivers will also benefit from the longest range available for a mass-market electric car.”
Along with the more powerful motor, the R110 Zoe gains Renault’s latest R-Link infotainment system, compatible with Android Auto.
Buyers will be able to spec a new Blueberry Purple colour, and high-end Intens-spec cars can now be optioned with a Blueberry Purple Pack – adding the funky new colour to the dashboard, gear-lever surround, speaker trims and seat stitching.
The current Zoe is available in Australia, albeit only for fleet and government buyers. Renault says it’s “definitely interested” in the R110 and plans to offer it locally, but timing and pricing are yet to be confirmed.
As for the business model? The company will “continue to evaluate” the way it sells the ZE and Zoe, but it doesn’t look likely to change at the moment.