Renault continues to innovate in the field of automotive power and it seems that this is only the beginning, as proof, with their new Zoé, a city car with a range of 400 km.
We recently presented the Toyota Setsuna, an electric and wooden car, but Renault is undoubtedly a pioneer in the automotive sector. Indeed, the French brand is today the leader on the European market: more than one in four electric cars sold in Europe is a Renault, and more than one in two is in France.
Whether we like it or not, electric is the future of our cars, and for Renault, the electric adventure begins in 2012 with their first Renault Zoé. We can still remember the record run of this first version: 1,618 km in 24 hours constituting even the record of “the longest distance traveled 24 hours by an electric car”. Today Renault is back in force with this new version with a battery Z.E. 40 and a doubled autonomy.
Renault now has more than 100,000 electric cars sold in Europe
As the leading European manufacturer in the field, Renault now has more than 100,000 electric cars sold in Europe. The automotive group alone accounts for 27 percent of the electric market, led by Renault Zoé: the model holds 23 percent of the European market for electric vehicles.
The first curiosity is of course its autonomy: 400 km! This is an autonomy measured by the NEDC standard, i.e. 300 km under real conditions. And they really mean it with the slogan “Forget The Battery”!
Renault is also exploring a more complex level of smart charging. Innovative solutions allow the system to exchange more information with the vehicle, such as its state of charge, and to retrieve data from the national electricity network in parallel, such as supply, demand and the price of electricity.
The smart charging proposed by Renault has a major role in accelerating the energy transition. Renewable energy generates management difficulties at the level of power grids and smart charging makes it possible to adjust demand to supply.
According to Eric Feunteun, director of the electric vehicle program at Renault: “Renault electric cars contribute to the energy transition of the automotive industry, as they contribute to the replacement of fossil fuels by renewable energies. With intelligent charging systems like the one developed by Eneco, Renault electric vehicles contribute greatly to the stability and reliability of electrical networks. ”
The car can store and use electricity when it is less dependent on carbon and cheaper for their owners, with an affordable price estimated at 23,600 Euros without the ecological bonus, or a total of approximately 17,600 Euros. To date, there are more than 100,000 charging stations, including 80,000 in Europe.