our Supertest loading and travel times

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

Released since 2019, the second generation of the Renault Zoé fixed many flaws of the first version. And this is particularly the case in terms of versatility, as its dated platform allowed it to gain a 52 kWh battery. According to the WLTP standard, the mixed range can reach 395 km, or 386 km at best with the R135 engine. On our long motorway trip between Lyon and Paris, we observed consumption of exactly 23 kWh/100 km, or 226 km of range before running out of fuel. Or 158 km at 80 to 10% charge. But the autonomy / recharge time ratio is clearly not advantageous.

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

You have to put €1,000 on the table to benefit from fast charging on your Renault Zoé. At this price point, it will offer a Combo-CCS socket on its muzzle, allowing for a maximum power of 50 kW DC. A power that we will never find during our various measurements, the maximum recorded being 45 kW.

Despite an actual reload power a bit below promises, the reload curve is properly maintained until around 45-50%, before slowly starting to drop. At 80% load, we recorded a remaining power of 24kW, which is 46% lower than the observed peak of 45kW. The difference is ultimately in the relative mean, but the value is very low in absolute terms.

So don’t expect miracles in terms of charging speed, and you’ll have to wait a long time at charging stations. And you will have to stay there more exactly 53 minutes to reach the 10-80%. An additional twenty-five minutes will be needed to reach the 100% mark (including 12 minutes at 80-90%). In the end, the full tank requires 1 hour and 18 minutes, that is, 15 minutes longer than with an e-208 that suffers from a very slow recharge.

Typical recharge curve
10 to 80% 80 to 100% 10 to 100%
Charging time (in minutes) 53 25 78
Acquired autonomy (in km) 152 45 203

Autonomy recovered: 99 km in 30 minutes

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

Autonomy recovered
Charging time (in minutes) 15 30 45 60 65
Acquired autonomy (in km) 50 99 136 171 199

Renault Zoé R135 charging costs

The terminals to which we connected indicated an average amount of 54.24 kWh to completely refuel the Renault Zoé. The cost of recharges will depend, as always, on the operator’s tariff table. At Electra, which promises to freeze prices, charging is the most interesting with a total close to €24 (€17 at 10-80%). At Ionity, things get more difficult as the price rises to almost €37 (€26 at 10-80%). We can therefore easily count on a direct cost of use of €11.50/100 km on the motorway with the most expensive operator.

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During our trip we made three charging stops for a total amount of €59.27 excluding charge badge fees. Carrying out a domestic charge on arrival to recoup the initial fare would increase the total cost to €64.70, resulting in a final cost of €12.94/100km over this 500km journey.

Travel time for 500 km: 6 h 43

Like the Peugeot e-208, the Renault Zoé does not have an on-board route planner. It simply allows itself to announce that the destination is beyond the reach of the 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 solid habits on this trip. Note that for this route, the Chargemap and ABRP apps are very cautious with 5 stops planned for the first and 4 stops for the second. Note also that the charging times are also pessimistic with 2 h 12 according to the Chargemap and 2 h 30 according to the ABRP.

The Renault Zoé finally needed three charging stops. Nothing new with a range of almost 230 km, which allows just enough to make hops from one station to another. And with it, visitors will have time to visit every nook and cranny of the rest areas due to its loading times. Even with a precise strategy, the stops are long. And we stayed connected for more than exactly 2h 11, bringing our total travel time to 6h43. It is the longest of all, with 1h11 more than the Peugeot e-208!

No value judgment here, but simply a demonstration of what its autonomy/charging power ratio actually gives. Undoubtedly, it is no wonder that it is this city car that is regularly used in reports to charge to 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 day-to-day basis, with smooth driving and a zen atmosphere, although autonomy on the motorway is limited. But it’s its fast-charging power that annihilates any ambition to travel behind the wheel. This is one of the missions of the next Renault 5, which will soon replace Zoé.

What is the Supertest?

Lovers of numbers and allergic to official sheets, Supertest, Automobile-Propre’s new test format, is made for you, gathering data collected during a test under real conditions and according to a transparent and accurate protocol. We will add them on the Wednesday following the publication of the second part dedicated to the Renault Zoé R135 to our summary article allowing to compare the annotated values ​​of the tested models, which will make the entire value of the section.

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