In the world of Green Cars, the French Automaker - Renault - has boldly done a great job by giving the world, an affordable and efficient all electric car- Renault ZOE. The new ZOE is in the smaller size electric segment as compared to the Nissan Leaf. ZOE is the first electric car created from the scratch, at Renault, as an EV with dedicated platform. Renault ZOE first special deliveries are started between now on-wards and last of 2012 and the first widely affordable dedicated electric car, has the mass launch in the Renault network in first quarter of 2013. As the special delivery period is on for special persons, the first Renault ZOE key is hand-over to the French Minister for Industrial Recovery - Mr. Arnaud Montebourg. He has already ordered the new ZOE at Paris Motor Show in September 2012.
The zero-emission all-electric ZOE has a horsepower of 87 and a torque of 162 lb.-ft. with 22 kilo-watts Lithium-ion battery pack that provides charging times from 9 hours to 30 minutes for instant charging. The full charged battery covers a distance ranges from 62 miles[100 km] in cold condition, 93 miles[150 km] in mild condition and homologated NEDC cycle range of 130 miles[210 km]. The ZOE, currently the most affordable electric cars, costs almost equivalent to the combustion car, when government environmental incentive of 7,000 Euros ($9,200 at current exchange rates) are taking into account, the ZOE is going to cost starts from only 13,700 Euros($18,000) in France(including VAT).
The new ZOE is setting target on consumers and professionals on the same time and is best for daily travels as it is equipped with Renault’s robust electric engineering. This EV has the most advanced technology in terms of range, user friendliness by the various installation of a charging station and connectivity. The vast development of public and private charging stations with the support of the taskforce headed by Philippe Hirtzman where French Government move of 'Plan Automobile' provided the installation of charging stations at government ministries and the inclusion of electric vehicles in public fleets. Renault already sold 16,600 electric vehicles by October 2012 which shows Renault electric cars are more in Europe than any other company.
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Auto Press Release 2012
Renault presents the keys of the first ZOE to Arnaud Montebourg
December 17, 2012 | ID: 41751
Renault has presented the keys of the first ZOE to Arnaud Montebourg, French Minister of Industrial Recovery.
The first delivery of ZOE, the first broadly affordable full-electric car, comes ahead of further deliveries set for between now and the end of 2012 and mass launch in the Renault network in first-quarter 2013.
The delivery is fully in line with the French government’s policy, as set out in the “Plan Automobile”, of building a sector of clean and competitive vehicles. It also underscores the importance of introducing an extensive network of charging stations.
After ordering a vehicle at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012, Arnaud Montebourg, Minister of Industrial Recovery, was presented today with the keys to the first ZOE in the Cour d’Honneur of the Bercy Finance Ministry by Carlos Tavares, Chief Operating Officer of the Renault group.
ZOE, the spearhead of Renault’s Z.E. range, is the Group’s first full-electric car. The widely affordable vehicle qualifies for a €7,000 government environmental bonus, bringing the starting price in France down to €13,700 (including VAT).
ZOE targets consumers and professionals alike. It is ideal for daily journeys and embodies Renault’s excellence in electric technology. The mobility-enhancing model features the most advanced technology in terms of range, user friendliness (with the installation of a charging station at motorists’ homes or workplaces) and connectivity. It is a key symbol of the Group’s commitment to the electric revolution.
The Minister of Industrial Recovery is the first customer to take delivery of ZOE before mass launch in the Renault network in spring 2013.
Commenting, Carlos Tavares, Chief Operating Officer of the Renault group, said: “The first ZOE delivery is a vital step in Renault’s electric vehicle offensive, aimed at making zero-emission mobility affordable for the greatest number. The commitment of the government and Mr Montebourg, as confirmed today, is a decisive advantage for making France a robust cornerstone of electric vehicle development and serves to reinforce Renault’s position as a French champion on the international stage.”
The launch will be accompanied by the widespread development of public and private charging stations with the support of the taskforce headed by Philippe Hirtzman and tasked with stimulating and backing infrastructure projects in large urban agglomerations.
The initiative is ideally embodied in the installation by the Ministry of Industrial Recovery of charging stations at the Bercy Finance Ministry. The move is part of the “Plan Automobile” announced by the French government on July 25, 2012 and providing for the installation of charging stations at government ministries and the inclusion of electric vehicles in public fleets.
At end-October 2012, Renault had put 16,600 electric vehicles on the road in Europe.
At end-September 2012, Renault led the European electric PC + LCV market (excluding Twizy) with a 28.2% share.
Renault led the French EV market with sales of 4,566 units (including 1,999 Twizys) at end-October 2012.
Some 10,000 charging stations had been installed in Europe at end-2011. This figure has now risen to roughly 15,000 (up 50% on end-2011).
In France, the 2,000 to 3,000 Autolib stations are accessible to other EVs besides the Bluecars. Considerable efforts have been made in the Seine Aval area, in the Alsace, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Nord-Pas-de-Calais regions, and in cities such as Rennes, Rouen and Angoulême.
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