Renault Zoe to Be Priced at EUR15,000

With all the fuss going around in the US over the price of the Chevrolet Volt PHEV, rumor has it that French manufacturer Renault is planning to sell the Zoe ZE model for only EUR15,000, one of the lowest prices linked to an electric vehicle to date. Or is it?

News of such a price surfaced in French publication Le Figaro who, citing an unnamed official, says that the Zoe will be priced this cheap thanks to a EUR5,000-euro credit from the government. In addition to the price for the car though, owners will have to pay an extra EUR100 to rent the battery needed for the Zoe to run.

The Zoe was presented at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show as a "zero-emission vehicle which can also possess a dynamic, edgy, attractive design.” It features a 70kW electric motor which can develop 226 Nm of torque and batteries which are good, when charged, for 100 km.

The roof of the vehicle is fitted with honeycomb photovoltaic cells, with the energy produced by them being used to power the car's systems.

The battery of the Zoe can be recharged in three ways: standard (between four and eight hours), quick (20 minutes) and Quickdrop (change the battery all together).

The car is fitted with scissor doors, while rear access is provided by butterfly-style doors. The car’s layout allows cargo space to be accessed from the side and from the back as well.

The model will be manufactured by Renault at the Flins plant in France starting 2012. According to Le Figaro, Renault eyes 150,000 units produced each year.
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