The 2010 Paris Motor Show officially kicks off Saturday. This year’s event will feature several new electric and alternative fuel vehicles and even an electric car test center. One of the EVs on display is the Renault Zoe, a zero emissions vehicle that is expected to be released in 2012.
The Zoe Z.E. Concept was first revealed at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, but Renault is once again showcasing the vehicle as the projected market launch date nears. Although production isn’t planned for almost two more years, the vehicle on display in Paris is almost identical to the vehicle that will ultimately be manufactured for mass-market sales.
The four-door Renault Zoe features an 80 HP electric motor that can reach speeds of up to 84 mph. The estimated range of a fully charged Zoe is 99 miles, similar to the 100-mile range expected out of the Nissan Leaf.
While the Zoe requires six to eight hours for a full recharge, technology used in the battery system allows it regain 80 percent of its power with only 30 minutes of recharging. A 10-minute recharge can give the Zoe an additional 37-mile range.
In addition to the quick recharge options, a three-minute full recharge is available via a Quickdrop battery exchange. Renault is planning on installing battery exchange stations in select countries including Israel and Denmark.
The combination of the quick recharge technology as well as the battery exchange option will help address consumer’s range anxiety. Although a typical commuter does not drive more then 100 miles in a given day, knowing that a vehicle has a fixed maximum range is of concern to some consumers. However, a quick recharge system combined with a charging infrastructure will help to alleviate these concerns.