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Revamped Renault Zoe now with 250-mile range

Renault has announced pricing and specification for the updated ZOE, which has just gone on sale in the UK.

Recently unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the 2017 model features a new Z.E.40 battery that has a 250 mile (NEDC) range – the longest of any mainstream electric vehicle says Renault.

The French car manufacturer estimates the ZOE fitted with the new Z.E.40 battery has a real-world range of between 186 miles in temperate conditions and 124 miles in extreme cold conditions. The new model comes with a choice of two batteries – the new one and the existing 22kW battery. The new battery has 41kWh of useful energy, equivalent to almost double the storage capacity of the ZOE’s standard battery (22kWh of useful energy).

The entry level Expression trim comes with the 22kW battery whilst the Dynamique Nav and above are offered with the new Z.E.40 battery. The Z.E.40 battery is also available with an optional Quick Charge facility that reduces charging times further. All ZOEs sold to private customers are supplied with a fully-installed 7kW fast-charging box that enables charging at home.

The updated ZOE is being expanded to a five-version line-up based on three trim levels familiar to owners of other Renault vehicles – Expression, Dynamique Nav and the new Signature Nav trim.

Regardless of trim level, the ZOE is available to purchase in two ways - buyers can lease the battery on a monthly basis, from £49 per month or alternatively, the car can be bought outright, including the battery.

Prices start at £13,995 on-the-road (after Plug-in Car Grant) or £18,995 with the battery, for the Expression trim, which comes with a 7-inch touchscreen housing the R-Link2 infotainment system with TomTom satellite navigation; climate control, electric windows and electric heated mirrors, cruise control, speed limiter, keycard, Bluetooth connectivity and ample storage throughout the cabin.

The Dynamique Nav (£17,845 after Plug-in Car Grant, £23,445 with battery) adds hands free keycard, automatic lights and wipers, rear parking sensors, rear electric windows and electrically operated, heated and folding door mirrors, 16-inch ‘Black Shadow’ alloy wheels and a leather steering wheel and gear lever. In addition to the Z.E. Connect app, the Dynamique Nav benefits from a one-year subscription to the Z.E. Interactive app. Via a smartphone or computer this allows you to remotely charge your ZOE and schedule charges, as well as cabin temperature pre-conditioning, in order to take advantage of available off-peak electricity rates.

The all-new Signature Nav trim (from £19,895 after Plug-in Car Grant or £25,495 outright) sits at the top of the range and adds supple leather upholstery, heated front seats, a seven speaker BOSE audio system, rear parking camera, 16-inch ‘Grey Shadow’ alloy wheels and driver’s seat lumbar adjustment.

The new Renault ZOE goes on sale today and will arrive in UK showrooms from January 2017.