Could Zoe finally get here?
Renault Australia appears to be gearing up to bring in the all-electric Zoe compact hatch to our shores, as documents have surfaced showing that the company has received government approval to offer the Zoe locally.
First seen on Oz soil in 2012, we’ve been waiting with bated breath to see whether or not the lovable urban runabout would ever make it here. Renault Australia’s CEO Justin Hocevar had commented in the past that he would love to see it here. That said, he also made it clear that with few government incentives on offer, it would be difficult to bring a car like the Zoe to market.
Since that time, the Zoe has been updated in Europe, offering a new ZE.40 battery system that can keep the Zoe going for up to 400km. The updated 41kWh battery pack also offers a quicker charging time, with 80km capable for every 30mins of charging. The documents show that Renault Australia has been given permission put the Zoe through plate approval, which is essentially the last step before a car goes on sales.
Globally, the Zoe accounts for 10% of Renault’s urban-car sales, and is the most popular electric vehicle in Europe. As part of the Renault-Nissan alliance (which now includes Mitsubishi), the Zoe is marketed abroad alongside vehicles like the Renault Fluence ZE (a mid-size electric family saloon), the Renault Twizy, the Mitsubishi i-Miev, and Nissan Leaf.