the loading and travel times of our Supertest

The Renault Zoé is more versatile with its second generation. This is what the WLTP autonomy and the optional fast charger promise. But unfortunately this is not enough to make a long journey.

The second generation Renault Zoé, launched since 2019, has corrected many flaws of the first version. And this is especially true in terms of versatility, as the aging platform has given it a 52 kWh battery. According to the WLTP standard, the mixed autonomy can be up to 395 km, or in the best case 386 km with the R135 engine. On our long highway drive between Lyon and Paris, we observed a consumption of exactly 23 kWh/100 km, or 226 km of autonomy before the fuel ran out. Or 158 km from an 80 to 10% load. But the autonomy / charging time ratio is clearly not in his favor.

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Renault Zoé charge curve: a useful full tank in 53 minutes

You have to put €1,000 on the table to take advantage of fast charging on the Renault Zoé. At this price, it will then offer a Combo-CCS connection in its muzzle, allowing for a maximum power of 50 kW DC to be pursued. A power that we will never have encountered during our various measurements, with a maximum of 45 kW.

Despite real charging power that is slightly below promises, the charging curve is properly maintained to around 45-50%, before slowly starting to tumble. At 80% load, we noted a residual power of 24 kW, which is 46% less than the observed peak of 45 kW. The difference is ultimately in the relative mean, but the value is very low in an absolute sense.

So don’t expect miracles in terms of charging speed and you will have to wait a long time at the charging stations. And you’ll have to stay there exactly 53 minutes to get to the 10-80%. An additional 25 minutes are required to reach 100% (including 12 minutes on the 80-90%). In the end, a full tank takes 1 hour and 18 minutes, which is 15 minutes more than an e-208 that suffers from a much too slow end of charge.

Typical charging curve
10 to 80% 80 to 100% 10 to 100%
Charging time (in min) 53 25 78
Autonomy gained (in km) 152 45 203

Autonomy restored: 99 km in 30 minutes

There are no surprises when comparing the autonomy gained with the charging time: the Renault Zoé is at the very bottom of our ranking! It takes 30 minutes to get 99 km of autonomy, while an e-208 only needs 15 minutes to reach the same range. Only after an hour of charging, after having gained 171 km, in most cases it will be possible to disconnect the car, even if it is not impossible to retrieve it further away. Because as we saw during the first episode of this Supertest, depending on the terrain, the Zoé can be greedy quickly on the highway.

Autonomy restored
Charging time (in min) 15 30 45 60 65
Autonomy gained (in km) 50 99 136 171 199

Renault Zoé R135 charging costs

The terminals we connected to indicated an average amount of 54.24 kWh to fully refuel the Renault Zoé. As always, the cost of topping up depends on the operator’s tariff schedule. At Electra, which promises to freeze its prices, charging is the most interesting with a total amount of almost €24 (€17 at 10-80%). At Ionity it gets more difficult as the price rises to almost €37 (€26 on the 10-80%). We can therefore safely count on a direct running cost of € 11.50/100 km on the highway with the most expensive operators.

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During our trip we made three charging stops for a total amount of € 59.27 excluding costs for charging badges. Implementing a domestic charge on arrival to recover the starting fare would increase the total cost to €64.70, resulting in a final cost of €12.94/100 km over this 500 km journey.

Travel time for 500 km: 6 h 43

Like the Peugeot e-208, the Renault Zoé does not have a route planner on board. It simply lets itself announce that the destination is out of range of remaining autonomy, symbolized by a halo on the map. You will then have to manually search for nearby terminals. From then on, we trusted our estimates and our regular habits on this journey. Note that for this route the Chargemap and ABRP applications are very careful with 5 planned stops for the first and 4 for the second. It should also be noted that the charging times are also pessimistic with 2 hours 12 according to Chargemap and 2 hours 30 according to ABRP.

The Renault Zoé eventually needed three charging stops. Nothing new with a range of almost 230 km, which allows him to make just enough jumps from one station to another. And with that, visitors have the time to visit every corner of the rest areas because of the charging times. Even with a precise strategy, the stops are long. And we stayed connected exactly 2h11, bringing our total travel time to 6h43. It is the longest of all, with 1 h 11 more than in the Peugeot e-208!

No value judgment here, just a demonstration of what the autonomy / payload ratio actually gives. It is probably not for nothing that it is this city car that is used regularly in dependent reports on the limits of the electric car on long journeys. However, the Renault Zoé is a good city car that promises a certain versatility. Especially on a daily basis, with smooth driving and a zen atmosphere, although the autonomy on the highway is limited. But it’s its fast charging power that negates any ambition to travel behind the wheel. This is one of the missions of the next Renault 5, which will soon replace the Zoé.

What is the Supertest?

Lovers of numbers and allergic to official technical sheets, the Supertest, new test format d’Automobile-Propre, was created for you, bringing together data collected during a test in real conditions and according to a transparent and precise protocol. We will add them on the Wednesday after the publication of the second part dedicated to the Renault Zoé R135 on our summary article which allows the noted values ​​of the tested models to be compared, yielding all the value of the section.

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