With the Government reaffirming its commitment to electric vehicles (EVs) in Budget 2018 and Ministers pledging that only zero emission vehicles will be on sale here from 2030, the subject of EVs is now certainly on the agenda.
This year, leading carsharing company GoCar announced the expansion of its fleet by adding five new Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 fully electric cars. The expansion of the GoElectric fleet gives GoCar members the chance to drive the Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 with a battery that provides exceptional range (400km NEDC, 300km summer, 200km cold winter), giving drivers the freedom to travel further afield if wished. ZOE’s impressive driving range also helps to remove the final psychological barrier that stands in the way of driving an electric car – so called ‘range anxiety’.
GoCar first launched its GoElectric fleet in October 2016 and since then over 800 customers have chosen an EV to drive.
Last year 622 fully electric cars were sold in Ireland, an increase of almost 59% on 2016.
Driving a Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 is a surprising blend of punchy performance and peace and quiet. The R90 electric motor instantly delivers maximum torque of 225Nm, producing brisk acceleration and pickup from low speeds. The car effectively accelerates from a standstill to 50km/h – the normal speed limit in city driving situations – in just four seconds.
ZOE Z.E. 40 is the ideal EV for GoCar customers whose journeys include visiting friends or family, weekly shopping, work meetings, and day trips out of the city. It’s a compact car for great manoeuvrability, but with a spacious interior and a large boot, so ideal for urban adventures.
With hourly pay as you go driving and no subscription charges, GoCar is ideal for people or organisations who only need occasional access to a car but don’t want to own one or families who need a second car sometimes. By allowing multiple people to use the same vehicle at different times, each GoCar replaces up to 15 private cars, reducing car ownership and car dependency, congestion, noise and air pollution, and freeing up land traditionally used for parking spaces.
After reviewing the most popular locations, GoElectric vehicles will be located near public charge points, using these points when they need to be charged, and parking in regular spaces when they’re fully charged. The GoElectric ZOE will be €10 per hour, with 50KM of driving included on each trip.
ZOE Z.E. 40 is the only EV that can charge at 22kW at all 1,200 ESB eCars standard AC charging points. This allows ZOE to add 75km of summer range in just 30 minutes, or a full charge in about 2½ hours.
Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Group Ireland:
“The success of electric vehicles is very much down to building awareness amongst the general public of the benefits, infrastructure, incentives and getting commitment from Government and manufacturers to really highlight what electric cars are all about. Renault Group is very committed to the electric vehicle in Ireland and in Europe where our models are the best sellers, with ZOE still Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle. We are delighted to work with GoCar again, this time with EVs, and look forward to seeing the uptake on drives in Dublin. It’s a great awareness building exercise and will bring EV driving and its benefits to an audience who don’t own a vehicle yet like the option of having one when they need it. ZOE is the ideal urban car, but with an exceptional range that can allow the driver to move out of the city and drive much further afield, if they so wish”.
Colm Brady, Managing Director, GoCar:
“GoCar are delighted to expand our electric vehicle offering with the addition of the Renault ZOE. EVs have been extremely popular with our members since their introduction, with over 800 GoCar members driving an electric car since we first introduced them in October 2016. GoCar’s mission is to provide a convenient, cost effective, and sustainable alternative to car ownership, and the expansion of our EV offering with the Renault ZOE is another great improvement to that alternative. It is clear from the popularity of the GoElectric range that electric vehicle carsharing is the ideal opportunity to give both individuals and organisations access to EVs without having to own one. Due to the ease of accessibility and low cost, carsharing is the most cost effective method to allow people the experience of driving and living with an electric vehicle, carrying out every day errands and adventures. Once they’ve experience both the GoCar service & Renault ZOE together, we’re sure they’ll be impressed.”
About Renault Group Electric Vehicles:
ZOE Z.E. 40 is further evidence of Renault’s proactive policy as Europe’s electric vehicle pioneer and number one electric vehicle manufacturer. There are over 100,000 Renault electric vehicles in Europe today, with more than one in four EVs in Europe a Renault. Renault has been Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle brand since 2010 and Renault ZOE is Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle.
In addition to being an electric vehicle pioneer, Renault Group still stands out as the only car maker to offer a full range of readily affordable all-electric vehicles. Its line-up covers a wide variety of uses, from the ZOE supermini and the Kangoo Z.E. compact van, to the Twizy urban quadricycle and soon to launch Master Z.E. van.
GoCar is Ireland’s largest carsharing operator, with over 300 vehicles across 200 locations, and has over 15,000 members. GoCar launched Ireland’s first carsharing scheme in Cork City in 2008, and has since expanded to 18 counties.
With pay-as-you-go pricing and no subscription charges, it’s ideal for drivers who don’t want to own a private car or for families who find themselves in need of a second car. The once-off joining fee is €10, with no further subscription fees. The GoElectric ZOE costs €8 per hour with the first 50km of fuel included in each trip. Any distance driven over 50km is charged at 50c per KM.
GoCar users can book cars online or via the app, then unlock with their phone or GoCard; the keys are in the car, with fuel, insurance and city parking all included. How to book a Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 with GoCar –www.gocar.ie