Renault have made a strong commitment to electric vehicles and have been busy developing their ZE range to suit all groups from the little old lady to white van man. For more details of their vehicle visit the Renault website.
We have added a video documentary on the history of Renault to our new satellite site. Made in 1996 there is obviously no mention of electric vehicles, nevertheless it is well worth watching as it gives a good account of the company's development and of the trials and tribulations along the way.
How is an electric vehicle manufactured ?
Learn about the main phases in the manufacturing of ZOE, the 100% electric Renault super-mini. In the Flins plant (Paris area,) it is assembled just like any combustion vehicle, on the same production lines as New Clio (Clio IV) & Clio Collection (Clio III), by the same operators.
All the production stages are the same as for Clio: deep-drawing, stamping-press, paint, assembly. Some specific characteristics, due to the fact it is electric: its battery assembly by authorized operators, the installation of new robots in the stamping-press department to shape its particular bodyshell (to fit a battery in its underfloor), and last but not least, the on-site production of its fancy front seats. Mar 2013
Renault and Nissan CEO; Fully Charged Interview.
CEO of Renault and Nissan, Mr Carlos Ghosn gets a lift in the car he helped bring to market, the Nissan Leaf and is interviewed by Robert Llewellyn. Jun 2011
Fully Charged is an online show hosted by Robert Llewellyn Here he drives the new Renault Zoe (Mar 2013,) an electric car for £13,999 on the road.
He said of the drive. "Many people have asked how far I drove. I had 2 days driving the car, I followed set routes Renault organised and covered between 60-80 miles in the morning, stopped for lunch for one hour and charged the car using their rapid charger, then did a further 80 miles. I never got anywhere near a low battery, the Zoe could easily get past 100 miles on a charge. "
Renault Zoe - Full Electric Vehicle in Motion
A Martin Doppelbauer video of the Renault Zoe on the road; not spoilt by background muzak it give a very clear impression of what it's like to drive an EV. Oct 2013
The big Renault Kangoo ZE Electric test
The first full Irish video test of the Renault Kangoo ZE. Feb 2012
Renault ZE (zero emission) vehicles. Product Information
Renault Z.E. Product Information Kangoo Fluence Electric ZE. A video aimed at Renault's dealer network. Dec 2011
The two door Renault Zoe ZE (top left), is a handy little run-about, around town or between towns.
Renault Fluence ZE (above), four doors and a bit more luxury for the driver who needs extra room.
Renault's march toward an electric future continues and Bob Flavin gets a chance to drive the Fluence ZE on the roads in Ireland. Jul 2011
And finally for the Eco-friendly 'White Van-man' there is the Renault, Kangoo ZE.