The Renault ZOE appeared on the European market in 2012. Since then, its sales and popularity have been very notable among a public that needed the benefits of an electric car for predominantly urban use. However, Renault’s new strategy coupled with the arrival of new electric models means that the Renault ZOE no longer makes much sense and is definitively replaced once its current generation is over.
In recent statements issued by Fabrice Cambolive, head of Renault, to the Autocar medium, the manager assured that the urban electric will not be updated at the end of its useful life, mainly due to a possible duality in the model offer. In just a few years, Renault will have an offer covered by electric and electrified models, among which will be the long-awaited Renault 5 and the electrified variant of the Renault Clio, so the ZOE would no longer fit due to its enormous similarities with both models, especially with the Clio.
Cambolive assured that the next generation of electric and electrified models from Renault will be filled with a generous range of urban and compact vehicles, among which will be the aforementioned Renault 5 and Renault Clio, but also the Renault 4 and the Renault Captur. All of them will take over the most urban offer and will arrive over the next 3 or 4 years.
The end of the useful life of the Renault Zoe will put an end to a model with more than 10 years of history, which came to monopolize the lists of the best-selling electric models in Spain, as well as in other European countries. However, neither the manager interviewed nor other sources of the brand have confirmed what will be the date of the disappearance of the small electric city, although this could come as soon as the Renault 5 makes a commercial appearance, as well as the generational renewal of the Clio.
Renault, seeks to simplify its range of models. They currently have the Renault Megane E-Tech and later the arrival of the electric Renault Scenic is expected to position itself as a crossover for family use above the aforementioned compact. The manager assumed in his interview that the French firm wants to conclude the development of its C-segment models (Megane and Scenic) before starting to develop its urban range, so the ZOE will still have a few years of service left.
The Renault ZOE was updated just a few months ago to continue its commercial life. In its latest update, the model incorporated new design details, as well as a new top-of-the-range variant called “Iconic”. This new version makes use of new shades of exterior paint, new design details, and technological equipment. Today, the ZOE starts its commercial offer at 31,700 euros, for the access variant.