Long term report: Renault Zoe


Our time with the Zoe has got off with a bang – quite literally.

Like DJ and his Kia Carens, the Zoe suffered some vandalism over Christmas. The reflector on the bumper has been kicked in, leaving us with the headache of trying to get it fixed.

But that's not the end of our woes – our second problem is a little more concerning. I've installed a Polar EV charging point in my garage but the Zoe has been tripping the power in our house.

It went from a frustration to a major issue when it happened at 11.30 at night over the Christmas period.

The next morning I discovered that as there was no power and the car was only six per cent charged.

As this was my only means of transport I had to wait for over three hours until I had sufficient charge to get to the office.

As a result, Polar came round and changed the charging unit, assuming this to be the problem.

Sadly, this didn't help, so the kind gent rewired the unit. I can't report back if this has resolved the issue, as I decided against taking the car home again, because I didn't want to be stuck without transport if it didn't work.

This turned out to be a stroke of luck, as the house completely lost power during the fierce storms.

Of course, this wasn't the Zoe's fault, but it goes to show how difficult living with an EV can be.

The knowledge

Model: Renault Zoe Dynamique Zen
Price: £16,250 (as tested, Govt. grant incl.)
Engine: Electric motor
Power: 88bhp, 219Nm
Max speed: 84mph
0-60mph: 13.3s
Emissions: 0g/km
Mileage this month: 35

This month's highlight

Not getting stuck at the side of the road in storm Hercules and not putting too many miles on the clock