Are you in the market for an electric car, but haven’t yet decided which model is right for you? Let us narrow things down for you by pointing out the benefits of two of the most popular electric vehicles on the market: the BMW i3 and the Renault Zoe R110. Read on for the full electric cars comparison guide.
The Renault Zoe R110 is a supermini electric car, built for urban environments. Whilst similar to a small petrol car in appearance, in contrast, it includes eco-mode air conditioning and EV tyres to maximise driving range. It’s designed for the enthusiasts of innovative technology, who choose not to be showy.
How much does a Renault Zoe R110 cost? Prices can vary with retail recommended prices (RRP) at £21,220 through to used deals starting at £16,000. Alternatively, you can get a subscription-based ownership with EVezy for £289 per month, which includes fuel, insurance and servicing. We think our pricing structure is the future of electric car ownership and would love to introduce the idea to you. It’s very competitive compared to other finance deals which start at £300-400 per month for new Zoe’s, without insurance and repairs included.
Entering the market at a slightly higher end is the BMW i3, which wows enthusiasts with its futuristic looks and high-tech driving experience. Suitable for your adventure junkies and admirers of engineering brilliance, the i3s ConnectedDrive function and lightweight construction is well worth checking out.
How much does a BMW i3 cost? More expensive than the Zoe, the i3’s RRP price is £34,445. As with the Zoe, EVezy offers a very competitive, flexible offering for customers who are ready to try the future of electric car ownership. BMW i3’s are priced at £399 per month, compared to other finance deals which range from £440-550 per month, without insurance and repairs included.
What is the performance like of the i3? The new i3 has a second faster 30-70mph sprint time than its previous version and will outpace most everyday cars up to the national speed limit. With lots of torque available, the i3 is well-suited to urban driving. It’s when driving beyond 60mph that there is less focus on pace ‘for efficiency reasons’.
The i3 is a great city car: it’s agile, has super responsive accelerating and takes corners amazingly well. Just be wary of the regenerative braking, which is highly sensitive and may take some getting used to.
What is the performance like of the Zoe? The Renault Zoe R110 has a more powerful electric motor than previous editions, offering 107 bhp compared to 91 bhp last year. Despite this upgrade, the energy efficiency and battery capability of the car remain, meaning that you can still get a ‘real world’ range of 186 miles. But, in terms of power, the Zoe is no match for the i3 which has far superior accelerating speeds.
Renault claims that it’s at the long-distance speeds where you will see the difference with the new motor upgrade. The R110 is two seconds quicker to accelerate from 50-75mph compared to the R90. But, in its natural, urban environment, you will see great improvements in acceleration and will have no problem getting from 0-40mph. The car handles well on bends and on smoother surfaces.
If you’re looking for an electric car for long driving journeys, then the Renault Zoe R110 has the furthest range from a single charge compared to any of its rivals (Nissan Leaf, BMW i3). But, range can drop significantly in cold conditions, if driving quickly on a motorway or using the cars heater.
|Car manufacturer||Max Speed||0 to 60 (Secs)||‘Real World’ range||Domestic charge time||Fast charge time|
|BMW i3||93||6.9||120||9-10 hours||40 minutes|
|Renault Zoe R110||84||11.4||186||13 – 15 hours||1 hour 45 minutes|
While not necessarily as important as price and range, electric car efficiency could be a useful aspect for the more technically-minded owner. Simply put, it is how well a car converts electrical energy into kinetic energy or even simpler, how well a car converts electricity into miles of travel.
The easiest way to calculate efficiency is by dividing the average range by battery capacity, to get the miles per kWh. Based on our calculations below, the Renault Zoe R110 turns out to be a more efficient electric car compared with the BMW. However the i3 is built for performance and driving, so naturally, this affects the range capability.
|Car model||0-60 mph||Average range||Battery||Miles per kWh|
|BMW i3||7.2||120 Miles ‘Real World’ Range||33kWh||3.64|
|Renault Zoe R110||11.4||186 Miles ‘Real World’ Range||40kWh||4.65|
Making a decision does come down to your preference on pricing, performance and charge time. If you’re looking for a nippy car, packed with the latest driving features, then the BMW i3 could be your perfect choice. The performance and innovation will give you a flavour of what it’s like to own a high-end vehicle if you did have ambitions to own a Tesla, but currently, don’t have the finances.
The Renault Zoe R110 is a fun city car, which handles well and gives you plenty of range. If you’re looking for an affordable option without having to commit to buying out-right, then an EVezy subscription would be a good option.
Both cars are great options on the market and before making a decision it could be worth reviewing other features. Stay tuned for a more detailed electric cars comparison by battery and mileage on our next blog!