Renault Zoe 50kWh 2020, Steve – EV Owner Review

Renault Zoe 50kWh 2020, Steve - EV Owner Review

What first name would you like to appear in the review? 
Steve

 

What is the make and model of your EV?
Renault Zoe 50kWh

 

What year was your EV registered?
2020

 

How long have you owned your EV?
0 – 1 year

 

What is the mileage on your EV?
5,000 – 10,000 miles

 

How many EVs have you owned?
This is my first

 

What is the average mileage range you achieve from your EV when fully charged?
185

 

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Why did you choose this car?
I took the opportunity to switch from my ‘18 VW Golf GTi because it was at an all-time high used value due to semi-conductor shortages and because of wanting to save money for retirement the same month. I managed to negotiate a straight swap into the Zoe, having owned the Golf and now the Zoe outright.

 

Also, I knew that due to the ban on new sales in 2030, that the Zoe with its range and low comparative price would be a good car to get used to life with an EV, until I upgrade; as the capital risk is far far lower than either my past Golf or a new EV, which start at almost double the price.

 

Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this car.

  • Excellent range for outlay
  • Tried and tested design
  • Extremely easy to drive
  • Excellent sized interior with a good shaped square boot, you can get more in than you’d expect.

 

Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this car.

  • Regenerative braking could be better
  • No height adjustment on the seat.

 

Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
No faults whatsoever but only had it around 3 months.

 

Renault Zoe 50kWh 2020, Steve - EV Owner Review

 

What are the standout tech features of the car?
The Zoe just gets by with the basics and is better for it, especially as a first EV. It has all the features you’d expect and recognise coming from an ICE vehicle and is less confusing and easier to live with as a result.

 

Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this car.
It’ll out-accelerate to 40mph more ICE than you’d think. Don’t get me wrong, with my cars 135bhp and 0-60 of around 8.5 seconds it’s no Tesla. But because of the instant torque, up to 40mph, I’d say it quicker than my previous GTi.

 

Rate your EV out of 5.

 

What car are you interested in next and why?
Tesla Model 3 long range. More choices for charging, longer range and much quicker.

 

What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Currently a 3 pin granny but have an installation date in two weeks time for a Hypervolt.

 

Rate your home charging unit out of 5.
N/A.

 

What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
British Gas variable called The People’s Tariff. Not really as I was previously with People’s Energy before they went bust and now stuck on that because it cheaper than fixing myself into a longer-term or switching suppliers to do the same. Unfortunate situation really. Best of a bad choice.

 

Rate your electricity supplier out of 5.

 

What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?

  • Gridserve
  • Instavolt
  • IONITY
  • Osprey
  • All are in my experience, 100% reliable.

 

List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).

  1. Gridserve
  2. Instavolt
  3. Pod Point.

 

Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Admiral MultiCar – just found them faultless.

 

Rate your insurance provider out of 5.

 

Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an EV compared to a petrol/diesel car.
£300.

 

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