Electric Renault Zoe breaks distance world record

The previous record for distance travelled by an electric car over a 24-hour period was 795 miles, which the Zoe smashed with a massive distance of 1,005 miles.

The record was complete by fifteen different drivers and amassed to 363 laps of the Aubevoye speed ring in Normandy, France.

The new Zoe joins the already established Renault EV range alongside the Fluence Z.E saloon, Kangoo Z.E van and the two-seat Renault Twizy.

The four-seat Zoe hatchback emits zero tailpipe emissions and can travel up to 130 miles on a single charge.

One of the contributing factors that made the feat possible was the new Chameleon charger, which is a speed-charger for the Zoe.

As electric cars usually take somewhere between six to nine hours to charge, the Chameleon charger is able to charge the Zoe up to 80 per cent battery capacity in just thirty minutes. Whilst completing the record the Renault Zoe was charged 18 times in 24 hours.

This record required vigorous test runs and a great deal of determination, as explained by Philippe Vinot, Reliability/Durability Coordinator:

“We completed this operation in two months. In April, we started calculations to check feasibility with the Group electric powertrain department. In early May, we started track runs and established a strategy.”

The Renault Zoe is expected to go on sale towards the end of 2012 with an on-the-road price of just £13,650, plus monthly battery hire from £70.

The will make the new Renault Zoe one of the cheapest electric cars on sale in the UK.

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