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Renault boosts ZOE range to 149 miles

The ZOE R240 will be sold alongside the existing model, recognising that there are two distinct user groups for its electric supermini. This new version is tailored for those who don’t need rapid charging ability for motorway trips.

It uses a new drivetrain, previewed late last year, which features air cooling and improved packaging to reduce overall volume. The all-new motor produces the same power, yet consumes less energy as a result of improved electronic management, contributing to the longer range.

Charging is optimised for urban drivers. Its new Chameleon charging system means it takes 10% less time to charge when connected to low output power supplies such as a domestic or workplace wallbox, improving flexibility when using inner-city infrastructure.

However, the ZOE R240 does not support rapid charging at 43kW like the version offered to date. Though it can still connect to the rapid charging units, it takes a maximum power output of 22kW and reaches 80% capacity in 60 minutes – twice as long as its counterpart.

UK pricing and availability for the ZOE R240 will be announced later this year.

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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