An electric car would not be what it is without the battery, an essential part that determines its range. This key part is available for lease with the Renault ZOE, depending on the distance covered annually, as part of a package comprising maintenance and replacement.
When buying an electric vehicle, soon-to-be owners may be offered two options: to either lease the battery or to buy it along with the car. This choice is worth careful consideration, since the battery is as important as the motor with this kind of car.
Buying the battery involves foreseeing its maintenance, wear and tear, and eventual recycling, even though this is still a way away.
Leasing the electric battery, an option offered by Renault for its New Renault ZOE model for example, provides the driver with long-term battery follow-ups, with assistance included and replacement should it be required.
The biggest advantage of battery leasing is that it brings down the purchase price of the electric vehicle. Instead of paying for everything at once, Renault ZOE owners who take this option spread out the overall cost of using the car with a monthly lease payment. The amount can be adjusted depending on the chosen annual distance covered. The shorter the distance, the lower the lease payment.
With a Renault ZOE, the battery lease guarantees that Renault is responsible for the battery until it is recycled, a process in which Renault’s involvement is by taking the battery back, as part of the circular economy of electric vehicles. That means that, with battery leasing, the manufacturer includes any breakdown assistance and free replacement of the battery if its capacity drops to less than 75%. Drive with peace of mind and without worrying about the wear of the battery, which comes with a lifetime warranty for the duration of its lease.
The new Renault ZOE comes with the lease of a new battery designed using the very latest technology, with a Combo (CCS) connector which enables fast charging at compatible stations and increased autonomy thanks to its 52 kWh capacity. Lastly, the age of the battery has no bearing on the vehicle’s resale: the prospective new owner can take out their own subsequent lease on the battery.
The purchase of a new Renault ZOE can come with a battery leasing arrangement which is prorated depending on the annual distance that the driver expects to cover. There are various plans to choose from.
For example, in France, the Z.E. Flex plan ranges from 74 euros (for 7,500 km per year) to 134 euros per month (for 22,500 km per year) and the Z.E. Relax plan (with unlimited distance covered) for 124 euros per month.
Elsewhere in Europe, most of the prices also range between 70 and 130 euros.
Most insurance companies now take into account the specific features of electric vehicles, updating their services with new types of coverage. This means that the leasing service is included in insurance policies. The fact that the battery belongs to the manufacturer, and the car to the driver, is already recognized, which makes the payment process easier in the case of a claim.
The insurance policy must therefore make reference to the battery and insure it for the amount shown on the lease. Moreover, if your insurer has its own assistance network, it’s advisable to check whether its garages are certified to repair electric vehicle batteries.
Whether you opt for a new or used ZOE, you can lease the battery from the manufacturer.
With the Renault network, which manages this service for other models offering battery leasing, such as the Renault Twizy, you can take out a plan to suit your needs when purchasing the vehicle. You may also be presented with special offers, whether you’re buying a new or used Renault ZOE.
Common practice in the world of electric cars, traction battery leasing is an excellent solution in practical terms, and remains the most prevalent choice. Statistically, more than seven out of ten drivers prefer to lease their battery than purchase it with their vehicle, in countries where both options exist.
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