Bigger batteries help to combat so-called range anxiety – the fear that the battery won’t see you safely to your destination – but that worry feels less onerous today than it might have done when the Zoe first arrived in 2013. Recharging infrastructure has improved in leaps and bounds over the past few years, as EV numbers have grown and charging networks have become more viable commercial ventures. Finding a functioning socket along your chosen route is no longer the logistical nightmare it once was, though you will have to pay for the privilege.
Helpfully, Renault says it is working on a ZE Pass smartphone app that will provide access to lots of different competing charger networks, so that Zoe owners won’t have to travel with a pocketful of smartcards. It’s still a work in progress, alas, but the idea of universal access and a single consolidated bill at the end of each month sounds like a very appealing one.