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Renault Zoe E-Tech covers 475 miles on single charge

A Renault Zoe E-Tech has set a new hypermiling record by covering 475.4 miles on a single charge, for charity Mission Motorsport.

The forces’ motorsport charity, which aids in the recovery of those who have been affected by military operations by providing opportunities through motorsport and the automotive industry, broke the Renault Zoe hypermiling record after its team drove the all-electric supermini for more than 24 hours at Thruxton Race Circuit.

The Renault Zoe, fitted with ENSO’s propriety electric vehicle (EV) tyres achieved the record after lapping the circuit in excess of 25 hours, Renault said.

Two Renault Zoes were used for the record attempt, both of which were supplied by Hendy Renault.

The first Renault Zoe with OEM tyres achieved 424.7 miles on a single charge to break the existing record, having been driven for over 22 hours.

Tom Barker, electrification manager at Renault UK, said: “What Mission Motorsport has achieved is incredible and everyone at Renault UK sends a huge well done to them.

“Not only is it testament to how far it’s possible to go on a single charge in a Zoe, even taking into consideration the optimum conditions and lowly speed, but it’s a great illustration of just how comfortable and usable it is, too.

“There’s no doubt this was pretty extreme, but it’s further evidence that the Renault Zoe really does go the extra mile when it comes to viably being a household’s only car and that it’s suitable for covering all kinds of distance.”

The original record of 351 miles was set in France in 2018 on the Paris Peripherique, but the Mission Motorsport team, consisting of veteran beneficiaries, military spouses and a hypermiling expert, took the record on June 10.

The team managed to achieve 9.14m/kWh, while averaging an optimum speed of 19mph.

James Cameron, chief executive officer at Mission Motorsport, said: “The Zoe was a perfect choice for us – but to cover such an extraordinary distance frankly blew us away.

“Driving through the night both in training and for the record itself with absolute precision was a challenge for the team but the Zoe proved more than up to the task. It was important to set a record with an absolutely standard car, and we’ve all been charmed and astonished by the little Renault’s character and tenacity.”

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