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Renault Zoe gets power boost, but without rapid charging

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Renault has added a more powerful 108bhp motor to the Zoe electric supermini, said to offer better easier high-speed cruising without affecting the range.

Renault ZOE R110

The Zoe gets more power, but not the rumoured CCS DC charging capability.

The new ‘R110’ motor is a development of the 92bhp ‘R90’ motor, which was introduced in 2015 as a more efficient alternative to the 88bhp Q90 available since launch. Despite the performance increase, the size and weight are unchanged, and the R110 will always be paired with the 41kWh higher-capacity battery introduced last year.

As a result, Renault said it predicts the range will be the same as the R90 version. It’s claiming 180 miles under the new WLTP test cycle – which is said to be indicative of what owners should expect. For comparison, that should be around 230 miles under NEDC conditions, based on the R90 data.

Being based on the R90 does, however, mean the Zoe R110 will not feature full-speed 43kW rapid charging, as on the Q90. A full charge at 22kW will take two hours and 40 minutes, with 80% of the range recovered in an hour and 40 minutes. The Q90, by comparison, takes 65 minutes to reach 80% capacity.

Torque output is unchanged compared to the lower-powered units, at 225Nm, though Renault said it takes two seconds less to accelerate between 50mph and 75mph, while the sprint to 62mph is reduced by around the same time.

The Zoe R110 will be available to order in the Spring, with first deliveries due late in the summer. UK pricing will be announced in the coming weeks, alongside a range-wide update introducing Android Auto capability (in line with the Clio and Captur) and new colour options.

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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.