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The all-electric Renault Zoe is now available in Malaysia, priced at RM145,888 (OTR without insurance). The five-door, B-segment hatchback that made its global debut in 2012 was made available for bookings here back in April 2015, and is now in local Renault showrooms.

To put its dimensions into perspective, the Zoe is roughly the same size as the current Ford Fiesta. It measures 4,084 mm long, 1,730 mm wide and 1,562 mm tall, and has a 2,588 mm-long wheelbase. Conventionally, the Zoe EV offers seating for five and has 338 litres of boot space — 1,225 litres with the rear backrest folded.

Unconventionally, the Zoe features a fully-electric powertrain. Its single synchronous electric motor produces 87 hp between 3,000 to 11,300 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 250 to 2,500 rpm. This helps the Zoe reach 48 km/h from standstill in four seconds, and perform the century sprint in 13.5 seconds. It also has a top speed of 135 km/h.

The Zoe is powered by a 22 kWh lithium-ion traction battery which is positioned flat across the floor of the vehicle. Unlike some of its competitors, this Renault has been purpose-built to be an electric vehicle, and is not converted from an existing fuel-powered model into an EV. Its power is sent to the front wheels via single-speed automatic transmission.

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The Zoe is equipped with Renault’s patented Caméléon charger, which makes it compatible with all power levels up to 43 kW. What this means is that you could charge the Zoe with any kind of power outlet, almost, so long as the sockets match – naturally, charging times may differ accordingly.

Based on a 3.6 kWh charger, it would take nine hours to get the Zoe fully charged. On a 7.0 kWh fast charger, the deed is done in four hours. Notably, a 3.6 kWh Delta wall-mounted charger is included in the purchase of a Zoe. Once fully charged, the Zoe has a claimed driving range of 210 km (based on the NEDC test cycle).

Sharply styled, the Zoe features a conventional exterior design that doesn’t estrange itself from modern fuel-powered models – save for its electric blue trim. Key standard exterior highlights include halogen projector headlamps, LED combination tail lamps and 16-inch alloy wheels. For now, only one exterior colour option is available, being the Glacier White you see pictured here.

The interior is similarly designed as the Renault Clio, and offers basic fabric seats, a seven-inch Renault R-Link touchscreen display, six-speaker 3D Arkamys sound system, single-zone automatic climate control, a engine push-start button and a full LCD instrument panel monitor. It also has USB connectivity, handsfree Bluetooth operation and a 12-volt power socket.

For safety, the Zoe offers four airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC and ASR and height-adjustable three-point front seat belts with pretensioners. The outer rear seats and front passenger seat offer Isofix child-seat anchors too.

To recap, the Renault Zoe is now available for sale in Malaysia, priced at RM145,888 (OTR without insurance). The price includes the 3.6 kWh Delta wall-box charger, as well as a three-year or 100,000 km (whichever comes first) manufacturer’s warranty and a five-year or 100,000 km (whichever comes first) warranty for the traction battery and electric drivetrain.

For further details of the Renault Zoe, visit Carbase.my.