The French automaker’s new Zoe version comes to the worldwide audience of the Paris Motor Show with a new 41-kWh battery pack, enabling the all-electric subcompact to reach a range of up to 250 miles (400 kilometers) on a charge.
Following a leak from the Dutch division of the automaker, we already knew the details about the Zoe ZE 40 but now it’s all official from the French headquarters. The main difference is the introduction – next to the still existing 22 kWh battery pack – of a much bigger 41 kWh battery pack. The standard version has juice for 149 miles (240 kilometers) as per the New European Driving Cycle, the new installment is good enough for 250 miles (400 km) in NEDC. Renault adds the real world conditions range bests the smaller version’s 106 miles (170 km) by far, reaching 186 miles (300 km).
The new pack, co-developed with LG Chem, will need about the same recharge time, and there’s also the Quick Charge functionality. The pack is being produced at the Renault manufacturing facility in Flins alongside the Zoe and the Clio subcompact. The new Zoe ZE 40 will become available across Europe starting next month and at home in France it will arrive alongside an upscale Edition One model. It benefits from a bespoke Yttrium Grey paint and a host of interior updates – such as Bose sound system, leather upholstery, velvet carpets, new badges, heated front seats, as well as manually adjustable lumbar support for the driver seat.