2018 Renault ZOE now on sale for private buyers in Australia

Renault Australia has confirmed the new ZOE all-electric small hatch is now available for private buyers, following its local market arrival last year for fleet buyers only.

The Renault ZOE will be available via an expanded electric vehicle dealer network, with four showrooms around the country equipped to sell the ZOE. These include Sydney City Renault, Barry Bourke Renault in Melbourne, Unley Renault in Adelaide, and Melville Renault in Perth. In the near future Renault Australia is planning to expand the network to include another dealership in Melbourne and Sydney, and one in Brisbane, Canberra and Hobart.

All four dealerships have gone through special training in terms of the sales and service to ensure they can cater for all things associated with electric vehicles, including answering questions from potential customers. Andrew Moore, MD Renault Australia, said:

“Our initial roll-out was to focus our discussions directly with forward-thinking fleets who want to incorporate an electric vehicle into their existing fleet of vehicles. As at the end of June 2018, our sales to fleet customers this year have surpassed our initial sales projections.”

Two variants are being offered to Australian customers, including an entry level Life and a more luxury-focused Intens. Both are powered by an electric motor system that provides 68kW/220Nm to a reduction gear single-speed transfer to the front wheels. Renault claims a 0-100km/h time of 14.5 seconds, with a top speed of 135km/h.

With a full-charge the range is claimed at 300km in real-world conditions, or around 200km in city conditions. Recharging the 41kWh battery pack takes 15 hours using a 3kW single-phase 16A socket, or 7.5 hours with a single-phase 7kW 32A socket, or 2 hours and 40 minutes with a 22kW three-phase 32A socket.

As standard both models come with a 7.0-inch R-Link touch-screen media interface inside with sat-nav and digital radio, while the Intens adds a rear-view camera and sensors, 16-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights and wipers, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Both are covered by a three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, with four years roadside assistance and five years/100,000km warranty on the battery.

The Renault ZOE is just one of many electric vehicles on the way from the brand. Renault says it is planning to launch eight pure electric vehicles and 12 electrified models (includes hybrids) by 2022. Interested punters can place an order for the ZOE now, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs):

2018 Renault ZOE Life – $47,490
2018 Renault ZOE Intens – $49,490

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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