Renault Zoe Z.E. electric car gets to have its name after French court’s ruling

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Renault’s Zoe Z.E. concept electric car is slated for production sooner than expected. It is marketed as an all electric subcompact vehicle that is a versatile enough to meet daily tasks such as going shopping, schools or running errands. A French court has ruled in favor of Renault to name its new electric car as the Zoe Z.E. after a complaint from a group of parents who have daughters named Zoe. A French judge stated that the name “Zoe” is a common noun not specifically reserved for humans.

Aside from that, lets talk about what we know about the new Renault Zoe Z.E. electric car so far. As we learned from the recent debut of the Zoe Z.E. at the 2010 Paris Motor Show a few months ago, not only the Renault Zoe Z.E. concept electric vehicle provides zero emissions, but also looks attractive with dynamic and edgy design as well. The Renault Zoe Z.E. concept is about 12.3 ft long and is powered by a 70kW electric motor with 226Nm (167 lb-ft) of torque. Performance wise, the Zoe Z.E. can sprint from 0-62 mph in about 8.2 seconds with top speed of 84 mph. Although the Zoe Z.E. concept gets the large 21-inch wheels, but that may be reduced to smaller 19-inch wheels in the production version.

As for the battery system on the Renault Zoe Z.E., it takes between four and eight hours to get a mininal to a full charge with a standard charging socket. There are also a quick charge system where you can get up to about 80 percent battery power within only 20 minutes at designated charing points that are equipped with a rapid charging system. If you think 20 mintues is a long time to wait, you can opt for a “Quickdrop” system, where the battery unit is swapped out within three minutes at these rapid battery exchange stations as well. A full charge of the Renault Zoe Z.E. is good for about a 100 miles.