ON LOCATION Fancy an electric car in your garage? Now is your chance to own one, courtesy of the all-electric Renault ZOE. Renault Malaysia (TC Euro Cars) has announced the availability of the ZOE in limited units.

Designed from the ground up as a pure-electric vehicle, ZOE is Renault’s solution to Zero Emission mobility. Like all electric vehicles, ZOE emits no CO2, NOx, CO or fine particles. It also signals the disappearance of unpleasant smells and ‘engine’ noise during road use.

More than 60 patents have been filed for ZOE’s design. Enhancing user-friendliness, range, connectivity and occupant well-being are at the core of the vehicle’s innovations.

Speaking of design, the all-electric car from Renault takes up a compact five-door hatchback outlook, with sleek, fluid lines. Its agile, dynamic looks express driving enjoyment. 16-inch alloy wheels and contemporary proportions combined with sculpted volumes make the Renault ZOE a reassuring and captivating car. Unique headlights and DRLs (daytime running lights) add a bit of Zing to the all-electric Renault.

On the inside, the Renault ZOE reflects its modern, ‘eco’ character, with a bright color scheme evocative of purity. The dashboard moulding has been designed to resemble the blade of a wind turbine. The Renault ZOE also comes standard with a seven-inch Renault R-Link touchscreen display with USB connectivity and hands-free Bluetooth kit with music playback, an audio keyless entry system with walkaway lock, and a 12V power socket. Other highlights include cruise control, speed limiter, automatic climate control, automatic wipers, and a boot space of 338 liters (expandable to 1,225 liters).

Electric cars are known for being subtle and less performance-oriented, but fret not, it’s the ZOE’s relaxing, enjoyable ride that really matters.  Acceleration and pull-away of the Renault ZOE are responsive from low speeds while driving is more relaxing thanks to the silent ride and smooth, gearshift-free acceleration. Its synchronous electric motor with rotor coil delivers an output of 88PS from 3,000 to 11,300 rpm and 220Nm of torque, from as low as 250 rpm.

Fitted with an automatic gearbox and powered by a 22kWh lithium-ion battery, full charging times for the ZOE ranges from four hours on a 7kW fast charger to nine hours on a regular 3.6kW charger. At full charge, the Renault ZOE has a driving range of 210km (based on the NEDC cycle). Additionally, a 3.6 kWh Delta wall-mounted charger is included with the purchase of the electric car.

The ZOE’s new-generation regenerative braking recovers practically all of the energy otherwise wasted during braking, without any significant impact on ZOE’s on-road dynamics. At the same time, the all-electric vehicle’s heat pump provides very dependable thermal comfort without detracting from the vehicle’s range.

Standard safety features include four airbags; dual front airbags as well as head-and-chest side airbags for driver and passenger; ABS with EBD, ESC and ASR; height adjustable 3-point front seatbelts with pretensioners; and ISOFIX.

Limited units of the Renault ZOE are available for sale in Malaysia at an on-the-road price of RM145,888, minus insurance. Only Glacier White color is available at this point in time. Service intervals for the Renault ZOE are 10,000km or six months, whichever comes first. It also comes with a three-year or 100,000km mileage manufacturer’s warranty, five-year electrical powertrain warranty or 100,000km (whichever comes first) and a five-year traction battery warranty or 100,000km.