PHOTO CAPTION: Pair of Renault Zoe electric superminis outside gates to Versailles Palace in France.

Renault Sells 10,000 Zoe Electric Cars in First Year

While reportedly only 20% of originally anticipated target, nonetheless, the ZOE has high customer satisfaction rate of 98%, with 97% being willing to recommend the electric supermini.

Published: 02-Feb-2014

Following the partnership agreement signed by Renault and the Château de Versailles on July 29, 2013, almost 23 electric cars (10 Twizy, 10 Kangoo ZE, 3 ZOE) are used by employees (security guards for Versailles and Marly, gardeners, administration....). Thirty charging stations have been installed in the grounds. This partnership protects the environment of the gardens, and contributes to the comfort and safety of the 12 million annual visitors.

ZOE drivers are its best spokespeople. For this first anniversary, Renault received a huge and enthusiastic response when it invited owners to come and talk about their car and their experience with ZOE. Many believe that simply test driving an electric car is enough to make anybody want one: 98% of ZOE owners are satisfied and 97% would recommend it. Alongside driving pleasure, customers appreciate the comfort offered by ZOE: no noise, no vibrations and smooth acceleration (no gear shift).

In terms of safety, ZOE meets the highest standards. It was recently named "Best Electric Vehicle of 2013" by Euro NCAP, the independent test organization.

For Benoist, 50 years old, a doctor who loves new technologies, his car gives him a more relaxed approach to life: "I took delivery of ZOE, my first new car, just over a month ago, and I love it. The fact that it's so smooth and quiet makes it really comfortable to drive. And it's funny to see how ZOE attracts looks and smiles from people who are clearly intrigued by electric cars".

Renault is a pioneer and leader on the electric vehicle market in Europe, with market share of over 40% and already 10,000 ZOE vehicles sold to date. With many other manufacturers now starting to build electric cars, Renault already has a full line-up of electric vehicles and remains well ahead of the field.

Starting 2014 with good news, for consumers buying a new ZOE, Renault is launching "ZOE Access", a new battery rental service from €49/month, targeting drivers with low mileage.

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Illustration of Renault Zoe electric car, now slated for a Spring 2013 launch.

According to blogger Rude Baguette, launch of flagship electric car delayed until Spring 2013.

Renault Zoe sells for US equivalent of  $18,000 in France with a monthly battery lease of $104USD equivalent.

French public procurement group UGAP will deliver 2,000 Renault ZOE and 100 Renault Fluence Z.E. electric vehicles over the next three years.

Renault Twizy can be hired for £49-a-day package.

The £49-a-day Twizy rental package comes complete with a Brand New Forest card, which offers hundreds of discounts at pubs, restaurants and tourist attractions equipped with a charge point.


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