Renault Zoe receives new R110 electric motor

Renault’s ZOE is among the most popular zero-emission vehicles on the market

In an attempt to keep the momentum, the French manufacturer announced on Monday it will launch a revised version of the model this year, one that will use for the first time the R110 electric motor, one that is 12kW (16hp) more powerful than its predecessor.

Commenting on the new model, Elisabeth Delval, assistant programme director, Renault ZOE, said: "Thanks to this power boost, ZOE is even more responsive and versatile when used for journeys out of town". It will not replace it but be an additional option for ZOE buyers, Renault now offering 44, 57, 60, 68 and 80kW motor options across its electric range. The French automaker explains the new powerplant is delivering "greater versatility when driving outside urban areas" by offering "crisper acceleration performance on trunk roads, since the new motor shaves nearly two seconds off ZOE's 80-to-120kph time". The all-Renault R110 – an evolution of the R90, developed in just two years – is made in France at the makes Cléon plant in Normandy and was designed by engineers working out of the Renault Technocentre, southwest of Paris, as well as in Cléon. Renault says that a series of innovations allowed it to find more power without increasing the motor's size or weight.

These improvements join other Zoe model range updates, including optional purple paint and interior trim known as Aconite, plus the inclusion of Android Auto.

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The 2018 Renault Zoe will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, with order books opening at Renault's United Kingdom dealers in the spring.

However, Renault also publishes its own "real-world" range figure for the ZOE, which, at 186 miles, is unchanged from that of the less powerful electric motor.

Renault is claiming an 11.4-second sprint to 100km/h and a 135km/h top speed, but both figures are largely immaterial: the Zoe is a vehicle designed for European cities, making highway performance less of a concern.

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