The new all-electric Renault Zoe Long Range model has arrived in the Middle East and it has a driving range of 300km on a single charge — that’s double the distance of the previous generation!

Renault, the first car maker to introduce a 100 per cent electric car to the Middle East, has since been blazing the trail for pure-electric, zero emissions mobility in the region. The new model features Renault’s new Z.E. (zero emissions) 40 battery — a 41kWh unit delivering the longest driving range of any mass-market electric vehicle on sale today.

The Zoe’s electric badge, Z.E. signature headlights with daytime running lights and rear lights all feature subtle blue styling cues which proudly denote it’s zero emissions status.

Inside, a modern touchscreen center console provides a hub for an array of in-car features including climate control, multi-media music and entertainment, and driving performance statistics. Charging is easy using the cables provided and connecting to a power source via the socket cleverly positioned under the Renault badge on the bonnet. ‘Topping up’ the battery for just 30 minutes provides an additional 80km of range. With the charging infrastructure in the Middle East growing, in Dubai, new initiatives have been introduced by the Supreme Energy Council meaning EV owners can now charge for free at any public charging station until 2019, as well as benefit from an array of other benefits including free parking. Marwan Haidamous, managing director for Renault Middle East, said; “Many drivers’ main fear around electric motoring is running out of battery power. Now we can offer our customers our longest driving range yet.” We’ve already driven it — look out for our review in an upcoming issue.