2017 Renault Zoe Brings Better Battery Tech, Almost Doubling Its Driving Range

Though we don’t get any them in the United States, Renault has one of the largest lineups of electric vehicles in the business. Arguably chief among them is the Zoe, its only proper dedicated EV. And it brought out a vastly improved version at the Paris Motor Show today.

With the new ZE 40 battery pack, the latest Renault Zoe is rated to travel 400 kilometers (250 miles) on a single charge. That’s based on the New European Driving Cycle, by whose standard the Zoe was initially rated at little over half that (210 km or 130 miles) when it first launched in 2012.

The manufacturer itself has slightly more conservative expectations of its battery-powered hatchback, saying it will realistically go for 300 km (or 186 miles) before needing to plug in. That would be enough to drive from Paris (where the vehicle is now on display) way up to the north of the country to Calais on the southern bank of the English Channel without having to stop.

It also puts it (almost) within spitting distance of the Chevy Bolt and some Tesla models, and well ahead of the rest of the field – including the recently updated Leaf from Renault’s corporate ally Nissan. Unfortunately, like we said, you can’t get it in the US, so we’ll just have to look at these photos from the the show stand at the Port de Versailles instead.

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