Renault’s 100-percent electric supermini, known as the Zoe model, has set a new world record for the longest distance travelled in 24 hours by a production electric car.
Completing 363 laps of the Aubevoye speed ring in Normandy, France, a distance of 1,005 miles (1,618 km), it bettered the former record of 795 miles (1,280 km) by a 25 percent.
The story behind the record
Two Renault Zoes set out on the speed ring at the Aubevoye technical centre (CTA) in Normandy, with fifteen drivers from Aubevoye, Cléon, Sandouville, Flins, Douai and Grand Couronne taking turns at the wheel, driving and charging as necessary.
Twenty-four hours later, they crossed the finishing line, with mileages of 1,618 km and 1,506 km respectively. In the process, both cars clearly highlighted the impressive performance and reliability of the French brand’s forthcoming EV.
For this result, Zoe was also able to profit from a major technological breakthrough: the Chameleon charger. This original world-first system makes Zoe compatible with any socket and any power level. Zoe was therefore able to be fast-charged at 43 kw, regaining 80 percent of battery capacity in under thirty minutes. This challenge was also made possible by the best-in-class NEDC range of 130 miles (210 km, between 62 and 93 miles depending on conditions of use). Overall, the final Zoe was fast-charged 18 times in 24 hours.
Looking beyond the performance, which was conducted in the presence of an official observer and is pending Guinness Book of Records homologation, the feat is an answer to the question: How far can Zoe go?
According to Renault, the launch of Renault Zoe in Europe marks the start of a new era in which electric mobility becomes accessible to everyone.
In the UK, prices on-the-road start at £13,650 ($21,330), plus a monthly battery lease fee of £70.