More power to a great electric car

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IF I am being completely honest, I would have to say that the Renault Zoe ZE wasn’t a car that I was  expecting to love.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a big supporter of electric vehicles – there is even a charging point  installed outside my house so I can road test electric cars… all of which have been given good reviews on these pages.
But for whatever reason, I wasn’t in the mood for the Zoe. How wrong could I have been.
Within minutes of setting off in the little electric Renault I was smitten. This car is just pure class.
Here is a car that has been given a proper, grown-up, attractive design and look. It’s a serious little car and it’s built to last.
The cabin is just so original – everything is bright, giving it a lovely sense of space, and there is terrific visibility. It is cheerful and feels just right.
There are no half-measures when it comes to the points of contact – a proper steering wheel that gives the right amount of feedback from the road, and an automatic gear selector that looks and  feels like it’s there to do a real job, not something that has been lifted from a golf buggy.
The Zoe will get into some pretty tight spaces, and the parking sensors give added piece of mind that you won’t damage any of its elegant exterior when manoeuvring around concrete pillars in a multi-storey car park.
Perhaps what is most pleasing about the car is that it drives as easily as anything I can think of, but it moves properly and gives the driver a very reassuring feel.
This is a small car and I am big guy, but I was completely comfortable, and there was more than  enough room for me and my family – two adults and two kids.
When talking about electric cars, the range is always an important aspect to cover. In the last few years there seems to have been a bit of a plateau reached in terms of how far the cars can go, and in the case of the Zoe ZE it sits around the 100km mark in winter and 150 in summer, at least that’s what Renault claim.
My experience was that the range indicator on the car was pretty spot on and intelligently accounts for how much the other systems in the car sap the power as well as how much charge is generated from braking force.
All-in-all the Renault Zoe fits the bill perfectly. It is an attractive, well-built, nimble city car that never needs petrol!
The price of the model I drove is €19,290 including VRT Relief and SEAI Grant – and carries a €120 annual motor tax bill (about €80 cheaper than an equivalent petrol car).
If you don’t have long distances to cover, Renault have produced a car that really does impress and certainly ticks all the boxes I could think of.

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