#Genevamotorshow2018 - Renault's knowhow set to electrify driving enjoyment with a new motor for ZOE
With a power rating of 80kW, the new R110 motor is not only even more fun to drive than its predecessor – the R90 – but it is also 12kW more powerful, with no increase in either size or weight.
Drivers effectively benefit from brisker mid-range acceleration performance, with almost two seconds shaved off ZOE’s 80kph-to-120kph time.
Meanwhile, the new R110 motor carries over the same pick-up response at low speeds as the R90, from which it is derived, thanks to the near-instant availability of peak torque (225Nm) for sprightly performance in urban areas.
“Thanks to this power boost, ZOE is even more responsive and versatile when used for journeys out of town,” says Elisabeth Delval, Assistant Director, ZOE programme. “In addition to being able to enjoy the pleasure of driving a ZOE, customers will also benefit from the longest range available for a mass-market electric car.”
More improvements for the electric motor made by Renault, Europe’s electric vehicle technology expert
In addition to reasserting its expertise in the field of electric motors, the new R110 marks another important phase in the roll-out of Renault’s electric motor development and production strategy.
Like its predecessor, the R90, the R110 is an all-electric, all-Renault motor that is made in France. Designed by engineers working out of the Renault Technocentre, near Paris, it is produced at the company’s Cléon plant in Normandy, close to the Flins factory where ZOE itself is made. The R110 was developed in the space of just two years.
“The R110 motor packs several innovations, notably regarding its stator winding and inverter components,” explains David Mazuir, Project Leader, Electric Vehicle Motors and Batteries. “The result is a power increase of 12kW without any increase in size or weight compared with the R90.”
The R110’s introduction takes the number of variants of the Renault motor available for Renault’s Kangoo Z.E., Master Z.E. and ZOE, and for the Daimler Smart Electric Drive to five (44kW, 57kW, 60kW, 68kW and 80 kW).
In addition to its zippy performance in urban areas, ZOE is now even more dynamic on faster roads too
Thanks to its higher power output, the new R110 motor’s peak torque is available across a broader band. The gain is notably felt from 80kph and ZOE’s 80kph-to-120kph time is effectively almost two seconds quicker for improved pick-up response on faster roads and motorways.
“With the new R110 motor under the bonnet, ZOE packs even more punch on faster roads,” reported Etienne Chavanne, Marketing Manager, ZOE, after test driving the 2018 model-year ZOE. “The result is extra driving enjoyment, while slipping into fast-moving traffic and controlling delicate situations is even easier.”
ZOE is naturally as at home in built-up areas as ever since the near-instant availability of peak torque (225Nm) ensures crisp acceleration and brisk pick-up when driving at lower speeds. This, plus the greater scope they offer for journeying out of town, makes R110-versions of Europe’s best-selling electric car even more versatile and allows drivers to benefit fully from ZOE’s range which is the longest in its segment.
Along with the availability of the new R110 motor, the 2018 model-year ZOE is also Android Auto-enabled and can be ordered in an exclusive new body colour. These features can be specified from March 2018 in France before they are rolled out gradually across the rest of Europe.