Renault confirms the new electric drive for the 2018 Zoe and is headed for a debut in Geneva. The R110 is designed for what Renault calls an “extra punch” as it delivers 80 kW while being the same size as its predecessor.
The wire had been humming with news of a new power plant for the Renault Zoe earlier and the latest statement confirms the R110 and its expected performance values.
80 kW is 12 kW more power than the predecessor had to offer and the French say they have achieved this without the drive getting bigger or heavier by using a “combination of electrical machine- and power electronics-related innovations.”
The R110 is the fifth drive of Renault’s motor line-up for the electric vehicles such as the Kangoo Z.E., Master Z.E., ZOE and Daimler’s Electric Drive Smart and power ranges from 44kW, 57 kW, 60 kW, 68 kW and 80 kW.
While the latest electric motor will be certified through the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) which has been gradually rolled out in Europe since September 1, 2017, to replace NEDC certification, Renault says range will remain the same, that is around 300 km. Still, the WLTP testing is more rigoros and intended to mirror real-word vehicle use more accurately and, in the case of electric vehicles, measures driving range, expressed in kilometres so it remains to be seen with value the testers will certify in the end.
Order books for the 2018 Zoe equipped with the new R110 motor will open in France in March 2018.