After making the shortlist for the Supermini Award 2012, the Renault Zoe has prevailed as the victor and left competition, including the Peugeot 208 and Toyota Prius, in the dust.
The zero emissions Zoe is part of Renault’s growing Z.E. electric range which already houses the snug two-seat Twizy and the more spacious Fluence saloon.
A similar size to the new 2013 Renault Clio and boasting similar exterior designs, the Zoe is powered entirely by electrical energy and can travel up to 130-miles off a single charge.
The common problem with some EVs (Electric Vehicles) is that they take a long time to charge, but with the Zoe this isn’t a problem.
In fact, the Zoe was recently entered into the Guinness book of records as the longest distance travelled by an EV in 24 hours, which was due to the use of a new revolutionary Chameleon charger which allows the ZOE to charge up to 80 per cent battery capacity in just 30 minutes.
The Renault Zoe was also awarded the Next Green Car Gold Award 2012, which is the overall winning accolade. This meant that the ZOE saw off competition from the new and already highly successful Ford Focus EcoBoost.
Upon receiving the Gold Award, Andy Heiron, Head of Electric Vehicle Programme, Renault UK said: “We’re delighted that ZOE has collected not just one, but two awards from Next Green Car, several months before it even launches in the UK; especially the prestigious Next Green Car Gold Award.”
The Renault Zoe is expected to go on sale towards the end of 2012 with a starting price of £13,650.
Renault vehicles are available from Perrys Renault dealerships.