Bolt has the Chevrolet Nissan playing cat and mouse in racing affordable electric cars, and the newly unveiled electric Renault Zoe surely be Nissan’s answer. The redesign updates the battery, but continues to occupy exactly the same space, but the autonomy grows from 149 to 250 miles – that’s according to the European NEDC cycle which tends to be very optimistic. Nissan points out that Zoe really has 186 miles. The chemistry of the battery and electrodes were reviewed (still uses lithium-ion technology) and incorporated more nickel, which has added more weight (48.5 pounds to be exact). The total capacity is 43 kilowatt-hours of which 41 are usable.
Renault worked with LG Chem to develop the current battery while the Leaf was developed by Automotive Energy Supply Corporation. What this means for the Leaf? If the range 107 miles EPA with the 30-kWh battery gets the same increase, this means that would give about 180 miles autonomy with the same volume. But the Leaf will receive a new redesign, so expand the scope to reach the magic number of 250 miles should be feasible.
Another cool trick Zoe: can be charged at high speed without the need for an auxiliary power inverter. Zoe can support up to 43 kW. That’s much faster than many chargers AC can deliver rate, but at least in Europe, much of the measurement is carried out with the charging time, so if the Renault Zoe takes more electricity in less time than regular electric vehicles, obtained at half the price. To be clear, this feature is only compatible with public charging stations, not charging at home.
Can we expect this to get some vehicles Renault-Nissan alliance? So we asked the CEO Carlos Ghosn during a session of questions and answers after the presentation of Zoe and said, “This technology will be available on time in all Nissan products.” Fantastic.