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.
For the French carmaker, the new Renault Zoe signals a new period in which a greater portion of the motoring public are now able to have access to electric mobility. Simply because, for the first time in Renault’s 115 years of existence, it is offering an affordable compact vehicle whose propulsion power is sourced from electricity. Thus, Zoe – serving on the forefront of the Renault Z.E. range -- has become a true symbol of Renault's strategic plan “Drive the Change 2016.”
Simply put, the new Zoe serves as an affordable fusion of the carmaker’s electrical expertise, as enshrined in an attractive compact package. Following its unveiling at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the new Renault Zoe was launched to the French market by the end of the year, and will be introduced in other markets in March 2013.
From the onset, the French carmaker designed and developed the Zoe supermini as an all-electric vehicle. Its design up front is marked by the blue effect of the logo, the headlight units and its dark-tinted windows – all pointing to the fact that the new Zoe is a zero-emission supermini, with its dynamism preached by clean, flowing lines.
The distinctive front end expresses the new brand identity with its friendly, appealing looks. The blue effect of the logo, headlamps and dark-tinted windows identify ZOE as an electric car. Its interior, meanwhile, features a design that exudes purity, comfort and convenience as laden with materials that are soft to the touch.
Right at the very start of the Zoe project, designers submitted radical designs, penning styles that would commit to the nature of the car as an electrically powered vehicle. Good thing is that as time passed by, designers were able to gather their rational sides and finally came up with a design that may not be as radical as first penned but is stunning enough to preach that the Renault Zoe is an electric car that is affordable and is pleasing to the eye to customers. Thus, despite being an electric, the Renault features design cues, proportions and lines that would translate to eventual customer acceptance.