The order takes the amount of Zoe vehicles purchased by Onto to nearly 1,300, with the original ‘Evezy’ business purchasing 180 to kick-start its 2017 launch; the company got renamed to Onto in July 2020.
Onto customers can get behind the wheel of a Renault Zoe immediately, where no deposit is required. A major benefit of the subscription scheme is that there is no long-term commitment as the term is only for a month. Prices start from £339 a month.
In return for a monthly payment, the company’s customers benefit from a hassle-free EV experience – the car, insurance, breakdown cover, maintenance and even the electricity to charge it is included. Here, customers can top-up their Zoe on the move thanks to the supply of an RFID card, which works with Polar’s charging infrastructure.
All Renault Zoe vehicles feature a 50KW DC rapid charge, which allows 90 miles of charge to be restored in 30 minutes, and offer up to 245 miles of driving range.
Onto opted for the latest Zoe based on customer feedback to its existing models, ease-of-use and spec. With many customers also being new to electric vehicles, another benefit for Onto was that the new Zoe has many features that are shared with traditional diesel or petrol vehicles, such as a conventional handbrake.
Rob Jolly, CEO of Onto comments: “We are in the midst of a big societal shift which has been further accelerated by the pandemic. Our subscription service offers more freedom to customers when it comes to driving an electric car. We know the new Renault Zoe will be great for customers who are ready to experience their first EV. The previous generation Zoe has been core to our growth as a business, and we’re excited to see the improvements in the new model – with more features, a better range and DC rapid charging.”
“We want to give customers a great value, hassle free, flexible car usership experience that also makes them feel good about their impact on the planet. Renault’s impressive goals for electrification match our own and we are excited to go on this journey with them, helping customers to make the inevitable shift to EVs and a greener way of life” added Jolly.
With its latest Zoes, Onto is giving its customers a choice of two versions, the order has been split between the Iconic R135 Z.E. 50 and the sporty GT Line R135 Z.E.50. Standard features on the Iconic include climate control, inductive smartphone charging, 100% recycled seat upholstery, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) with lane departure warning, lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition, and rear parking sensors.
The GT Line adds the 9.3″ infotainment display, front parking sensors with rear parking camera, synthetic leather and recycled cloth upholstery, blind-spot warning and 16″ diamond-cut alloy wheels.
In addition, both the Iconic R135 Z.E. 50 and GT Line R135 Z.E.50 support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Vincent Tourette, Managing Director of Groupe Renault UK, said: “The rate of people switching to electric vehicles is rising fast but there are still many who are wary of making the step or who need to fully see how an EV will work with their day-to-day lifestyle.”
“We are delighted that Onto has chosen the New Zoe as the perfect all-electric vehicle to help these drivers, plus those who are already converted and need no persuading, experience the many benefits of driving an EV. As Onto recognises, the New Zoe is incredibly easy to use and own, a fact that is backed up by its popularity with customers and the motoring press alike” added Tourette.
Renault has a line-up of EVs – the Zoe starts from £26,495 and is the company’s most popular electric supermini. The French manufacturer also recently announced the Zoe van – identical to the passenger car variant, but just made to suit van drivers with a flurry of must-have features. Other zero-emission models include the Twizy quadricycle, the Kangoo Z.E. 33 Van and the Master Z.E. Van.