Renault to continue offering free home charging points

Renault have confirmed that they will still provide a free home charging point for their ZOE model, despite the government cutting subsidies for them.

The French carmaker was among the first companies to offer buyers a free charging point for their homes, backed by government subsidies of up to £1,000.

With the addition of a further £9m worth of funding in June, the 75 per cent subsidies will now last until the end of March next year. However, the government have announced that they’re due to reduce the available funding thereafter.

Regardless, Renault will still provide a free 7kW wall box, as opposed to the standard 3kW offered by other manufacturers, for the foreseeable future.

The box, which is installed courtesy of British Gas, is able to charge the ZOE to full capacity within three to four hours. There’s also a quick-charge option, which will charge the battery to 80 per cent capacity in just half an hour.

Safest electric supermini

The ZOE, Renault’s flagship electric vehicle, boasts the longest range of any mainstream electric car and has been ranked the safest electric supermini with a five-star EuroNCAP rating.

In addition to the free charging point, the model is also exempt from all road tax, congestion charge and benefit-in-kind costs. This makes it one of the current cheapest new cars to run.

Monte Carlo New Energies Rally

Not only is it cheap, the ZOE clearly doesn’t skimp on performance either, after it dominated at the Monte Carlo New Energies Rally in March.

Designed to push the latest and best electric vehicles to the limits, the rally consists of a series of stages ranging from 29 to 55 miles in length. In each of the stages, the ZOE managed an outright win, leaving the competition far in the rear-view mirror.

With its 88bhp electric motor, the ZOE can go from a standstill to 60mph in 13.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 84mph.

The ZOE also has an official maximum travel range of 130 miles and standard equipment on the ZOE includes cruise control, climate control and an integrated infotainment system.

Available in three different trim levels, pricing for the Renault ZOE begins at £18,444 for the entry-level five door model.