A leaked timeline from French carmaker Renault shows an upgraded, second-generation all-electric Zoe is planned for production from September 2019, followed by three more hybrid models in 2020.
The leak firms up previous reports of a camouflaged next-gen Renault Zoe that was spotted in France in October 2018, and is rumoured will be built on a bespoke platform with upgraded battery and charging specifications.
The timeline was first published on French news site Largus, shows a continuing electrification strategy for the French carmaker, which announced last October its plan to further its international expansion starting with China, with its expanding range of zero and low emissions vehicles.
This is now confirmed in the timeline below, which shows a Clio V hybrid, Megane plug-in hybrid and Captur II plug-in hybrid planned for 2020.
In addition to the leaked timeline, details of upgraded specs for the Renault Zoe II electric hatchback as reported by Largus promise a big improvement on charging capabilities: 100kW CCS2 fast charging, to be exact (22kW AC charging will remain).
To put that in perspective, the current model available to order through Renault’s Australian dealerships has a 41kWh battery, 300km real-world range and motor with 68kW output and 220Nm torque – and only 22kW AC charging.
It is also expected that the new Zoe II will have a slightly larger battery of 50kWh and with it, an improved range of 400km.
In addition to improved charging and battery specs, the Zoe II will also feature Level 2 autonomy features such as Lane Keeping Assist, Active Cruise Control and a “Traffic Jam” system to allow the vehicle to edge forwards in traffic without the driver’s intervention.
Design-wise, there will be little change from Zoe’s first-gen looks save a refresh to the front end including hood, windscreen, and grille, and the rear lights and window.
Missing from the timeline is the promised all-electric K-ZE, the concept for which debuted at last year’s Paris Motor Show and which is slated first for China.
There are as yet no details on specs for the Clio V hybrid, or PHEV Megane and Captur II.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.