Charging Renault Zoe from Regular Socket Is Highly Impractical - Needs €1,000 Charger

The Renault Zoe, an all-electric car which sounds so promising from almost all points of view, has one major drawback - the fact that it cannot be charged using a simple wall socket, as it requires the use of a special on-board Chameleon charger, which adds almost another €1,000 to the car`s final price tag.
2013 Renault Zoe 1 photo
If the charger is not specified, then the charging time for the car`s 22 kWh battery pack takes nearly 20 hours to charge, which makes it extremely impractical. We first thought the Chameleon charger would come standard with every car, but it seems not to be true.

Still, with a starting price of €15,700, in France, for the entry level version of the Zoe, with a €5,000 government discount, it is still an enticing prospect, even with the extra cost of the charger. Also, with an 88 hp electric motor, which also happens to have 220 Nm of instant torque, it will be a cinch to drive in town.

It also comes well-equipped, with the R-Link tablet, which allows users to download apps, air conditioning, electric windows all-round, as well as the usual slew of safety and practicality features one would expect to find on a small, posh Renault.

Via L'Automobile Magazine


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