Renault Zoe 2019 electric car owner review

Renault Zoe ZE40 R110 2019, Paul - EV Owner Review

Paul drives a Renault Zoe R100 Z.E.40 2019 electric car.

It’s his first electric car and Paul does under 10,000 miles a year. This car has covered under 20,000 miles to-date and achieves 180 miles range when fully charged.


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Why did you choose the Renault Zoe?

YouTube, specifically Ian Sampson as he lives in a semi-rural location. Price, £15k battery leased, have subsequently bought the battery £5k as found I drove more miles that I’d thought compared to my diesel. I chose an EV generally for environmental concerns.


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

  • Instant acceleration (sold my Smart Roadster as the Renault Zoe is faster).
  • Relaxing to drive (20mph zones are a doddle)
  • Economy: usually around 4.5 miles per kWh & at 5p per kWh, what’s not to love!


Renault Zoe ZE40 R110 2019, Paul - EV Owner Review


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

  • Can’t roof load or tow
  • Range gets badly affected by wind, heavy rain and cold
  • The back seats don’t fold down flat.


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Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?

The charging scheduler packed up and had about a month’s wait for Renault in France to fix it but this was in the middle of Covid 19 and my dealer leant me a new Renault Zoe so I was OK. Heater motor packed up so I’m waiting for a new one from France! Not all Renault dealers can service the Zoe so I have a 160 round trip for mine.


What are the standout tech features of your Renault Zoe?

  • Can’t beat pre-heating car on a cold day which also defrosts it
  • Cruise control is great for keeping to speed limits in towns especially as there are no gears to get caught out by
  • Scheduling charging to make use of cheap rate power.


Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this Renault Zoe.

It’s got light coloured head lining so it’s not as claustrophobic as cars with dark interiors!


What electric car are you interested in next and why?

Renault Megane EV (if the price and efficiency is right). It can tow enough for my needs and roof load my canoe.


What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

Rolec tethered – it’s OK, it’s not ‘smart’ but I have scheduling in the car. Cost a lot more to install than I was led to believe.


Renault Zoe ZE40 R110 2019, Paul - EV Owner Review


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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

Octopus Go – they have been very good, use and make their own ‘green’ energy; price has been competitive.


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

I mainly charge at home; I have only used the Pod Point network at Tesco branches and for free. My Zoe doesn’t have rapid charging but does take 22kW which has been OK enough for my travels.


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

Have only used Pod Point so can’t compare.


Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why? – they have been fine for me with a good price.


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