The first-generation Renault Zoe was a trailblazer when it debuted in late 2012. Back then, EVs were only just beginning to pop up in Europe so the Zoe didn’t have much competition. This helped the electric supermini become the best-selling battery electric in Europe, with more than 110,000 units sold since launch.
Today, the landscape is rather different: this year and the one after it will bring an array of new similarly-sized electric vehicles in Europe, including the Honda e, Peugeot e-208, Opel / Vauxhall Corsa-e, Mini Cooper SE, DS 3 Crossback E-Tense and more. Thus, the second-generation Renault Zoe wil thusl need to up its game in the face of increased competition.
We saw the first photos of 2020 Zoe prototypes last October; now, however, we have a new batch of cars conducting hot weather tests in southern Europe. Unfortunately, Renault still keeps the new Zoe fully wrapped in camouflage, which may (or may not) indicate that its launch could come later than expected.
Despite that, it’s pretty clear that the second-generation will feature an evolutionary design approach. There are obvious changes at the front and rear compared to the current model, but overall the side window line and the outline of the trunk lid seem to be very similar. The Zoe II appears to have grown in size compared to its predecessor, but that may be just an impression given by the bulky camouflage.
While the looks will stay more or less the same, the new model is expected to bring major technological upgrades thanks to the switch to a dedicated EV architecture. The new electric supermini could offer a slightly larger battery of 50 kWh and, with it, an improved range of 400 km (295 miles). Charging capabilities will also take a major step forward with the adoption of 100 kW CCS2 fast charging (22 kW AC charging will still be available).
The Zoe II is also expected to gain Level 2 autonomy systems such as Lane Keeping Assist and Active Cruise Control with stop & go capability. All signs point to Renault launching its new EV at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with sales most likely to commence in early 2020.