It’s well documented that one of the biggest drawbacks to pure electric vehicles are their range. It’s an aspect that’s proving a significant barrier to mainstream consumer acceptance, nevertheless, some manufacturers continue to push the boundaries of battery technology, in an effort to make such a cars a more viable proposition.
Among them is Renault, which recently set a distance record for pure electric cars over a 24 hour period; when an example of its shortly to be introduced ZOE sub compact, clocked a total of 1,050 miles on the Aubevoye speed ring in Normandy.
The ZOE, bested the previous EV distance record by a quarter distance and the test, besides highlighting the distance possible by EV propulsion was also performed to showcase the viability of the Chameleon charger. This unit was designed to be compatible with just about any electric power source and socket, making charging far easier and more accessible than comparable EVs currently on the market. The ZOE was fast charged 18 times during the event and Renault says the new record was partly made possible by the ZOE’s 130 mile range between charges, which currently ranks as best-in-class.
Not surprisingly, Renault brass were pleased at the result; Bernard Dumondel, Customer Specifications, Electric Vehicle Director, remarking, “this is a superb technical and human adventure” and “this victory is the result of a joint commitment to showcase the quality of Renault electric vehicles.” Also present at this historical event was an official observer for Guinness World Records.
According to Renault, the ZOE is set to mark the beginning of a new era for the brand when it goes on sale in Europe later this year. Projected price, at least in the UK, is £13,650 ($21,194) on the road, with a £70 ($109) per month lease on the battery .