The Renault ZOE EV smashes electric car record.

In Renault by Jonathan Humphrey

The exciting coming soon ZOE electric supermini from Renault has beaten the longest distance travelled by en electric car in 24 hours record by a quarter.


The record was completed at the Aubevoye speed ring in Normandy, France and the total distance covered was 1,005 miles (1,618 km)


The story behind the record

Two Renault ZOEs set out to break the record at the speed ring, 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% 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.

“This is a superb technical and human adventure. This victory is the result of a joint commitment to showcase the quality of Renault electric vehicles,” says, with enthusiasm, Bernard Dumondel, Customer Specifications Electric Vehicles Director and challenge coordinator.

ZOE shows that a new era is possible

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?

“We completed this operation in two months. In April, we started calculations to check feasibility with the Group electric powertrain department. In early May, we started track runs and established a strategy. We decided to keep the production car without any changes. We were confident and we were right,” says Philippe Vinot, Reliability/Durability Coordinator.

The launch of Renault ZOE marks the start of a new era in which electric mobility becomes accessible to everyone. It is a major step forward for cars and for Renault. In its 110 years of history, the brand has shown its ability to innovate with the clear aim of bringing technology to the masses. ZOE embodies Renault’s excellence in electric technology. It is compact, attractive and affordable, with UK prices on-the-road from £13,650, plus monthly battery hire from £70.

The Zoe is a car to watch out for and will be a gamechanger on price and practicality for an electric car This car will usher in the new affordable era for electric cars. The Renault ZOE is arriving in showrooms later this year . You can reserve one now for a £49 deposit on the Renault ZE Website.