Renault delays the Zoe electric car due to software glitch

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 27, 2012

Because of a software glitch, Renault’s Zoe electric car won’t arrive in dealerships until 2013. This subcompact is a major part of the EV strategy of Renault. It was initially set to be shipped to Europe showrooms by the end of 2012. After having experienced issues with the Zoe's R-Link infotainment system, deliveries to dealerships will start in 2013 and not in 2012, according to a Renault spokesperson.

Customers can order the Zoe beginning at the end of September when it will be displayed at the Paris auto show. The Zoe will be equipped with the R-Link system that offers information about the car's battery usage and other data in real time.

The spokesperson said that there are software glitches that are particular for the Zoe and don’t have an impact on R-Link's rollout on non-electric models.

The R-Link system is set to be offered on the new Clio subcompact, which will start selling at the end of September. The Zoe is a crucial aspect in the 4-billion-euro investment of the Renault-Nissan alliance in EVs.

Renault is targeting a production capacity of 150,000 Zoes each year. Renault is relying on this model to bring the EVs more mainstream.

Renault already offers battery-powered versions of the Fluence mid-sized sedan, Kangoo van and Twizy two-seater. Renault and Nissan anticipate that 10% of cars sold worldwide by 2020 will be electric. The alliance is hoping to get 20% of those EV sales.

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