The new Zoe is a small battery-powered hatchback and was delivered to French minister Arnaud Montebourg today amidst a flurry of media interest.
The minister said the new Zoe will be the “the car of the future and “the emblem of a new France.” The car was presented by Renault’s second in command Carlos Tavares, who also showed journalists how to charge the vehicle via the Renault badge at the front of the grille.
The car is due to appear in the United Kingdom next year, with Renault using the electric model’s quiet nature as one of its key selling points. The car appeared at the Paris Motor Show in September, with Renault believing the car will sell well across Europe.
“When we launch in the UK the main message is going to be one of silence,” says global sales and marketing director Stephen Norman. “We have to get people into a position where they say “Why would I not have a Zoe?”
Renault already has a number of electric vehicles available in the UK including the Kangoo van, the Fluence saloon and the eye-catching Twizy.
The new Zoe will be Renault’s first ever 100 per cent electric car and will be available in showrooms in spring 2013.
Renault says that the new Zoe will have the longest range of any electric vehicle currently on the market thanks to its NEDC cycle of up to 130 miles. It’ll also be available with the manufacturer’s R-Link connectivity technology.
The new Renault Zoe will be available from £13,650 on-the-road (which includes the £5,000 UK Government Plug-in Car Grant deduction).
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