Renault Zoe ZE50 GT Line 2021, Giles – EV Owner Review

Renault Zoe ZE50 GT Line 2021, Giles - EV Owner Review

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What is the make and model of your EV?
Renault Zoe ZE50 GT Line


What year was your EV registered?


How long have you owned your EV?
From new


What is your estimated annual mileage?
10,000 – 15,000


What is the mileage on your EV?
1,000 – 5,000 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?


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Why did you choose this car?
My wife and I both have GT Line Zoes. We picked them after looking at the cheapest to run versus the cheapest to lease versus best range. We both had new ICE cars before and actually replaced both of them within 2 months of getting the first Zoe. I don’t think we would’ve gone down the EV route if we hadn’t been able to charge at home and on Octopus Go. The savings for us so far have been substantial. We live in Aberdeen and I work in the Cairngorms and the range at this time of year hasn’t been too bad, lowest I’ve had has been around 180 miles at – 10 c.


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

  • I love this car and all EVs because they’re just a far better drive than any ICE car.


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

  • I haven’t found anything I don’t like about this car, if I’m honest.


Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
We have 2 Zoes, mine has been faultless so far. My wife’s rear view camera sometimes doesn’t work, just a blue screen. Her doors leak when it rains sometimes. That’s about it.


What are the standout tech features of the car?
I love the fact I can preheat the car from my phone using the Renault app. I also like the better integration you get with Android Auto. The only thing I don’t like about the tech in the car is its gearing us all up for automated driving in the future. I’m not a fan of that.


Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this car.
Even though both are cars are the same spec, i.e. ZE50 GT Line Rapid Charge, her’s has wireless phone charger, mine doesn’t, her’s has carbon effect decals on the doors, mine doesn’t. So I would say make sure you check exactly what the car is meant to have!


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What car are you interested in next and why?
We have leased both of ours for 4 years. The cars both have 5 years warranty so shouldn’t get any nasty bills. Also tech is advancing all the time so who knows what will be around when our leases are up.


What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Rolec tethered smart unit – so far I can’t complain, it’s been flawless. I like that when you order it you have different colourways you can have.


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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Octopus Go – purely for the cheap rate between 12.30 am and 4.30 am. 5p/kWh.


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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
Up here in Scotland we use ChargePlace Scotland and so far I’ve done more than 1,500 miles using them and all for free.


List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).
I haven’t used any others.


Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Mine is insured with Esure as my last insurer didn’t insure EVs. Worked out fine as my premium went down by £90 going to Esure!


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