Many of the automobile industry’s leading manufacturers took advantage of the last edition of the Paris Motor Show, held during the first half of October, to show off their most salient innovations. This year, the spotlight was on the electric vehicle market. One good example was the official launch of the latest Renault ZOE, Renault’s electric car for the franchise dealership market, with a much greater range of up to 400 km per charge.
Many experts in mobility highlight something known as “range anxiety” as being one of the main reasons why a large part of the population refrains from buying a fully electric car. In this context, the word anxiety is used to describe a sensation that is not really justified. A car like the ZOE, with a range of 400 kilometres, can easily make 92% of the different types of journeys that cars make in developed countries. Most people do not travel more than 50 kilometres in one single day. This means that on just one charge, with the ZOE we could keep going for a whole week.
Having said that, if you are still worried about making a long journey, the key is to know how to make good use of the network of available charge points. In the case of the European continent, there is a sufficiently close-knit network not to have to worry. Renault, for example, offers two related services:
Z.E. Trip locates all accessible charge points in leading European countries on the map of the R-Link navigation system, showing their availability and compatibility with ZE and how to reach them. It has been available for all European users of ZOE since September 2016.
Z.E. Pass is an app for charging your ZOE, whatever the operator of the charge point. It identifies and compares the prices of each charge point and facilitates payment by mobile phone. Developed in collaboration with Bosch, Z.E. Pass has been available in Germany since 2016 and it will be introduced in France, the UK, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Norway and Sweden in the next few months. Improvements will be made to the mobile app during the first half of 2017. Users can follow an entire route on their mobile phone as if they were on board their ZOE and then forward it to the car’s R-Link so that the route is pre-programmed for them.