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Renault Zoe e-Sport and Formula E racer lead EV parade in Paris

French multinational automobile manufacturer Renault has revealed its eDams team racer in preparation for the Formula E Paris ePrix along with the dashingly quick Zoe e-Sport Concept and a whole lot of production Zoe 40 units for retail purposes. Now we would like to wholly witness a race between the two high-powered electric vehicles.

Renault eDams team is a force to reckon with, as they’ve been leading the Formula E standings. The team celebrated the outstanding performance of its homestead by having a parade of their electric vehicles through the City of Light. Last Saturday in Paris, Sebastian Buemi earned his fifth win in six races of the current season of the Formula E. This means that he presently has a lead of 43 points in the electric racing series.

Leading the way of the procession are the Renault eDams R.S. 16 race car and the dapper Zoe e-Sport Concept in a video released by Renault. However, the drivers don’t follow a particular formation in the clip. But this doesn't mean that the Zoe e-Sport can't catch up with the R.S. 16. Renault confidently claimed that its conceptual hot hatch variant of the Zoe can leave you in the dust with its 62 miles per hour (100 km per hour) run, needing only 3.2 seconds to reach that coverage, and according to the French automaker, this performance can outrun the open wheel Formula E racer. That's a solid performance coming from a hatch.

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Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept has quicker acceleration than a Formula E car

A tweet from Renault has suddenly put the focus on its Zoe E-Sport Concept. Unveiled during the recently concluded 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the brand said that this concept car was able to go from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds.

Just how fast is that? Consider the fact that the Formula E car can go from standstill to 60 mph is exactly 3 seconds. Though there is a fractional difference, it is safe to say that if the figures are true, the Zoe E-Sport Concept does have a quicker acceleration.

When first presented during the Geneva Auto Show, the Zoe E-Sport was a small sports car powered solely with electricity and features an all-wheel drive. The wide body is composed of carbon fiber and it is placed on top of the alloy 20-inch wheels. In order to help lower the weight, the rear seats were removed with carbon fiber being combined with Kevlar. Thus even if the battery pack does weigh 992 lbs. (450 kg), the whole vehicle comes in at 3,086 lbs. (1,400 kg).

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X-Tomi’s Renault Zoe RS rendering turns out more realistic than the E-Sport Concept

After we drooled over Renault’s E-Sport Concept in Geneva for the last several days, X-Tomi Design has cooked up a better meal. We’re talking about the Zoe RS, a reimagined version of the Zoe embodying the RenaultSport division’s more extreme “personality” that is also more practical. That being said, it has more realistic features which we think are more “doable” in case Renault decides it wants to build a production version of the Zoe concept.

First of all, X-Tomi got rid of the Zoe E-Sport concept’s rear door, front fender and side air intake design. Instead, the rendering artist uses its own take on the bumper along with the new checkered themed-LED lights to complete the new look.

X-Tomi obviously got some inspiration from the Clio RS especially for the LED lights and its new set of alloy wheels. Nevertheless, we think the Zoe RS as a whole is much better than the E-Sport concept that graced the Geneva Motor Show. Now if only Renault would have the RS badge on the Zoe. We’re seriously pining for this.

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Renault unveils 460-hp Zoe e-sport Concept at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

This electric hatch could give conventional hot hatches on the market a good run for their money. In fact, it could even be the quickest hot hatch if it reaches production. French carmaker Renault is introducing the new Renault Zoe e-sport Concept, a show car that has taken too much electric steroids.

Unveiled at the ongoing 2017 Geneva Motor Show, new Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept is meant to highlight the French carmaker’s continued commitment to development of electric vehicles. The matter is that Renault has compressed its three years of overwhelming success in the FIA Formula E Championship – considered as the peak of electric car racing – into its Zoe supermini. From its electric powertrain to its lightweight body, the new Renault Zoe e-sport concept indeed is a personification of the carmaker’s Formula E technology.

The electric powertrain of the current Renault Zoe ZE with the 41 kWh battery pack is able to develop 66 kW (89 hp) of max output and 220 Nm (162 lb.-ft.) of instant torque – good enough to allow this mini hatch to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 13.5 seconds.

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Renault has added 30km to the range of its battery powered Zoe subcompact hatchback, allowing the car to go 240km (149 miles) on a single charge. Renault was able to extend its range by using a lighter and more compact electric motor and an optimized electronic management system. Renault seeks to boost sales of the Zoe, which will start selling this spring in Europe.

It will be priced lower than the current Zoe, which has a starting price of 22,400 euros in France, excluding a government rebate that cuts the price to 16,100 euros. At the recently held Geneva auto show, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said that the range of the Zoe as well as the Nissan Leaf will be gradually increased to 300km.

For now, the Leaf has a range of 199km. Ghosn said that the enhanced ranges will be achieved in increments of 30-40km and their introduction will be hastened. He also said that to ease the “range anxiety” of car buyers, there will have to be more charging stations available.

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Renault expects to sell just around 10,000 Zoe subcompact electric cars in 2013, 40,000 below its initial target, market analyst Inovev was cited by Automotive News Europe. Inovev said the 50,000 sales target for Zoe was provided by several high-ranking executives at Renault.

Early this year, the French carmaker said that the Renault-Nissan alliance would fail to meet its target of selling 1.5 million electric vehicles around the world by 2016. A spokeswoman for Renault said the alliance has yet to set any new sales targets yet.

Renault commenced selling the Zoe in Europe earlier this year, and sold only around 6,600 units globally in the first nine months of 2013.

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Renault hopes that more people will get to like the Zoe subcompact electric car enough to buy it. Renault pointed out its extended driving range and low running costs as its highlights. The company believes that the Zoe hatchback will be its top seller among its lineup of electric vehicles that includes the Fluence Z.E. sedan, Kangoo Z.E. small van and the Twizy two-seater.

During the car’s launch, Bouvier, marketing director for Renault's zero emissions range, said that the Zoe is the first mass-market EV offered at a low price. Renault said that the Zoe's maintenance costs will be 20% lower than combustion engine cars since the EV doesn’t need oil changes and doesn’t come with other costs linked to combustion engine cars.

In addition, customers will save fuel costs since a full charge costs is priced below two euros in Europe for a 150-km driving range. In France, the Zoe has an entry-level price of 13,700 euros after a government rebate of 7,000 euros.

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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.

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In a battle of electric vehicle sales between partner auto companies, Renault expects its Zoe electric car to outsell the Nissan Leaf. Renault's EV project director Thierry Koskas, in an interview with  Automotive News Europe, cannot help but compare the Zoe and the Leaf, which are both five-passenger hatchbacks.

According to Koskas, the Zoe's main selling point is that it is laden with more advanced technologies for a lower price compared with the Leaf. The Zoe is also more compact that the Leaf; the former measuring 4,084mm in length and the latter at 4445mm.

Koskas noted that the Zoe sports some technologies not found on the Leaf, like the braking energy-recovery system, a heat pump, and a special series of energy efficient tires. Koskas said that the Zoe is a next-generation car, with its launch scheduled two years later than the Leaf. 

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Renault has started to take orders for the ZOE, its new compact, all-electric hatchback that is currently on display at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Sales in Europe will start in the autumn for this vehicle built in Flins, France. If you want to place your order, you should go to renault-ze.com. ZOE Life, the entry level version, is offered with the following as standard equipment: the integrated Renault R-Link multimedia tablet, Chameleon battery charger and automatic climate control.

In France, the tax-paid prices for Renault ZOE have a starting price of €15,700. Meanwhile, the tax-paid prices for ZOE Zen and ZOE Intens (the two high-end versions) have a starting price of €17,500.

To promote ZOE, the vehicle will be represented at six global premieres, and it is said to have contributed to 60 patented innovations and Renault's expertise in the field of electric powertrains just like the most advanced electric vehicle technology.

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Renault says that the court had ruled that it can continue to use the name Zoe for its upcoming small electric car. Lawyer David Koubbi filed a case against Renault’s choice of a name on behalf of Zoes and two particular women named Zoe Renault.

However, the judge ruled that the girls named Zoe do not face imminent harm or threats to their dignity or private life. Koubbi told the French newspaper Le Figaro that he would appeal the decision.

In a letter written to Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, Koubbi said he received reports of girls named Zoe suffering because of the teasing they’ve been getting. The letter was posted on the Website of ADNP, a French group for the defense of given names.

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At Renault’s booth in the Paris Motor Show, visitors will get to see the ZOE electric car, which is a concept car that made its debut at last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. This electric car is actually a preview for the mass-market Renault electric car with the same name that’s set to be launched in the market in 2012.

The car that’s on display at the Paris Motor Show has been confirmed to be a near-definitive representation (90%) of the vehicle that will be produced at Renault’s Flins plant, France.

Powering the Renault ZOE Preview is a 80 hp (60 kW) electric motor, with a range of 160 km (99 miles). This enables the car to sprint from zero to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 8.1 seconds. This 4-door concept measures 4.10 m long (161 inch), 1.788 m (70.4 inch) wide and 1.54 m (60.63 inch) high. The Renault ZOE Preview concept is capable of attaining speeds of up to 135 km/h (84 mph).

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In one of the most unusual pairings so far this year comes the first 100% electric spa concept car -- the Zoe ZE. This partnership consists of French car manufacturer Renault and L´Oreal Luxury Products division Biotherm.

This concept car is simply a preview of the Renault production vehicle, which will be launched in 2012.

Biotherm research laboratories have conducted in-depth studies on the cellular mechanisms of the skin, while also testing the values of aromatherapy. Renault's involvement is limited to the design and approval of equipment for comfort and well-being.

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If the rumor that the Renault will sell the Zoe ZE model for only EUR15,000, then this stands as one of the lowest prices linked to an electric vehicle to date.

French publication Le Figaro, which cited an unnamed official, first broke the news about the price. Zoe is reportedly priced this low because of a EUR5,000-euro credit from the government.

Owners would have to pay an extra EUR100 to rent the battery for the Zoe on top of the cost of the car. At the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, the Zoe was introduced as a "zero-emission vehicle which can also possess a dynamic, edgy, attractive design.

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