Renault Zoe wins Future Car Challenge

Renault’s Zoe has emerged as the overall winner of the RAC Future Car Challenge.

Renault’s Zoe has emerged as the overall winner of the RAC Future Car Challenge.

The new all-electric supermini completed the 63-mile route using less energy than any other car taking part in a field full of celebrity drivers and cars never before seen on UK roads.

The Zoe, which has a range of up to 130 miles under optimal conditions, can be charged to 80% of its battery capacity in 30 minutes thanks to a fast-charging 43kW AC system and uses light weight to help boost its energy efficiency.

Several of the awards categories were sponsored by British Gas, which after recent announcements of partnerships with various major manufacturers now supplies domestic electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for around 70% of the UK market. Renault’s Zoe won the categories for Best Pure Electric Vehicle and Most Energy-Efficient Small Car as well as its overall victory.

A British Gas-entered Vauxhall Ampera driven by Robert Llewellyn of Red Dwarf and Scrapheap Challenge fame won the categories of Most Energy-Efficient Regular Car and Best Extended-Range Electric Vehicle in the production car class.After all the entrants had finished the measured run and arrived at Imperial College, Pall Mall, they were paraded under RAC escort to The Regent Street Motor Show, which celebrates the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries of motoring.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony in Regent Street, Tom Purves, Chairman of The RAC said: “This has been an excellent event and I want to thank all the drivers, entrants and sponsors who put so much effort into making it a success. It attracted a huge crowd along at Regent Street and has once again brought the future of motoring to the attention of the public.”