Long term report: Renualt Zoe


charging point

Now the nights are pushing out, the Zoe is getting more use. However, our use continues to be hampered by the charging network. The polar card inexplicably stopped working, leaving the car stranded at the office with less than 20 miles of charge and no way to get it home.

A call to Chargemaster didn't help, they just suggested I download the app and put some cash on it. Thankfully Renault's press office came to the rescue and we now have a new set of cards that should allow me to charge her at motorway service stations. This is a significant improvement and may help address the single biggest issue that we have faced with the little electric car.

As we speak, the car is in RA body shop in Sandhurst where my mate John Limes is sorting out the damage to the rear bumper suffered when someone hit the car while parked and did a runner. The return journey should test the range again as it's a 70-mile trip and I know that there is only 15 miles of charge left. Let's hope the motorway charging card works.

Perhaps this whole episode highlights a rather fundamental problem with electric cars... to be honest I sometimes long for something petrol or diesel powered just to avoid the unfortunate hassle I have been experiencing lately.

And let's make the most of these long evenings, by the time you read this, the nights will be drawing in again!

Author: Andy Entwistle (@CarDealerAndy)

The knowledge

Model: Renault Zoe Dynamique Intens
Price: £19,393 (as tested)
Engine: Electric motor
Power: 88bhp, 219Nm
Max speed: 84mph
0-60mph: 13.3s
Emissions: 0g/km
Mileage this month: 87

This month's highlight

Getting a new bunch of cards which hopefully will let me charge the car at motorway services