It’s a disappointment to pull its historic electric hatchback just as the industry is finally picking up steam.
Potential replacements for the Zoe (above), which was recently abruptly withdrawn from sale purely as a result of a scathing ‘zero stars’ crash test verdict, are another compact hatchback and medium crossover.
The former is the modern reinterpretation of the Renault 5, a famous design from the 1990s, and the latter, which could be more immediately available, is the Megane e-Tech Electric, the brand’s first all-electric compact car and the second all-electric car, after Zoe. †
Production of the right-hand drive Megane e-Tech Electric was expected to begin around July, but the program has been hampered by a semiconductor shortage and other factors. The Five is still mentioned for 2025.
Meanwhile, the local operator is also looking at hybrid and plug-in hybrid choices, some also based on the CMF-EV platform Renault has developed with Nissan.
Those certainly include a version of the compact Arkana presented to the media yesterday in pure 1.3 liter petrol form. That coupe crossover sits beneath the mid-sized Koleos sports car, which like Arkana was built in South Korea and is now the local distributor’s only other regular passenger car, as the budget Duster has also disappeared and the compact, French-originated Captur has proved a challenge to pin down.
Also possible is a plug-in edition of the current Megane hatch, which Kiwis currently only knows in its RS performance pedigree. Again, however, nothing is immediately available.
Renault NZ won’t say what it feels like not to have an EV choice for the foreseeable future, but it’s clear that the loss of Zoe was a shock – in all likelihood the model was expected to spark interest in Renault’s electric technology until the new cars were launched. finished.
But everything went wrong with the ‘right car at the right time’ when European NCAP hit the bomb in the second week of December.
Zoe just zapped more electricity along the way… one day — Motoringnz
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