Long term report: Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe outside garage
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As our time with Zoe draws short, she has been on her longest adventure with me yet and it went far smoother than expected. We needed to get the damage to the rear bumper sorted from late last year, so I approached a branch of a nationwide chain of bodyshops. Their view was that a replacement rear bumper would be the best bet because of the damage being around the fog light. Given it was a small crack, this was ridiculous.

So, I called John Miles of RA Vehicle Body Repair in Sandhurst, Berkshire. He's been repairing bodywork for longer than I've been alive (I think) and I can testify to the quality of his work. The only challenge was not getting to John's – it's a 70-mile trip, which would be fine – but how to get back? John did a cracking job on the car (no need to replace the bumper) and it looks like new. So I set off home, with 20 miles of charge remaining.

I made it to Fleet services, where I had my first experience of a rapid charger. Arriving at 5pm, I didn't expect to make it home for the 8pm kick off (Spain v Netherlands). So imagine my surprise when, after plugging the car in, I was told it would be fully charged in 45 minutes.

One large cup of coffee later, I was recharged, as was the car. Now that I know there's a lifeline every 30 miles or so on the motorways I'm thinking of being braver. It's a shame the Zoe is due back soon, now that I've finally worked out how to make the most of it.

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: 74

This month's highlight

My first experience of a rapid charger at a motorway service station