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Renault ZOE sets world record

The Renault ZOE, has set a new world record for the longest distance travelled in 24 hours by a production electric car.

The full electric supermini completed 363 laps of the Aubevoye speed ring in Normandy, a distance of 1,005 miles, bettering the previous record of 795 miles by 25%.

Two Renault ZOEs set out on the speed ring at the Aubevoye technical centre (CTA) in Normandy, with fifteen drivers from Aubevoye, Cléon, Sandouville, Flins, Douai and Grand Couronne taking turns at the wheel, driving and charging as necessary. Twenty-four hours later, they crossed the finishing line, with mileages of 1,618 km and 1,506 km respectively.

To achieve this, the ZOE benefited from a major technological breakthrough: the Chameleon charger. This original world-first system makes ZOE compatible with any socket and any power level, allowing the car to be fast-charged at 43 kW, regaining 80% of battery capacity in under thirty minutes. Overall, the final ZOE was fast-charged 18 times in 24 hours.

"This is a superb technical and human adventure. This victory is the result of a joint commitment to showcase the quality of Renault electric vehicles," says, with enthusiasm, Bernard Dumondel, Customer Specifications Electric Vehicles Director and challenge coordinator.

"We completed this operation in two months. In April, we started calculations to check feasibility with the Group electric powertrain department. In early May, we started track runs and established a strategy. We decided to keep the production car without any changes. We were confident and we were right," says Philippe Vinot, Reliability/Durability Coordinator.

While the result is pending Guinness Book of Records homologation, the Renault ZOE is available to order now, with UK prices from £13,650 plus monthly battery hire from £70.

Posted on 15.06.2012
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