Why I chose the Zoe

Yesterday I got to enjoy one of the main reasons why I chose to drive a Zoe.

I had a normal working day and had to go out at night. After my 100 km round trip commute, I arrived at home with 28% remaining charge. Good for about 40 km. I had to go to Amsterdam, a 95 km round trip. I hooked up my Zoe to the 3 phase wall charger at 16:50 and when I left at 18:30, she was at 95% charge level. More than enough to cover the 95 km. That would not have been possible with any other electric car (except a Tesla).

Two records in one week

Today my Zoe carried me for 142 km without needing a charge. That is a record (for me). The weather was good today, both temperature and wind were moderate (13-18° C, 3 bft).   According to her GoM (battery indicator) she could go for another 19 km. The trajectory was mostly motorway, about 80%. I usually kept the right lane at a speed of 90-95 km/h (on the speedo). The accessories consumed 0.7 kWh. This is my scorecard for today:

142 km single charge

I broke another record too this week: highest consumption. It was night and the wind was strong, my Zoe had to struggle against an 8 beaufort. She was very brave! But it cost her a lot of energy: 20.9 kWh/100 km (70% motorway). Usually I get around 15-17 kWh/100 km. I kept the cruise control at 98 km/h on the motorway, occasionally going a bit faster to pass a truck. I arrived home with only 17% battery capacity remaining (21 km on the GoM). It makes me curious for the winter with the cold increasing consumption even more and decreasing battery capacity. But how much will the cold affect range? I can hardly wait.

Back from holiday

A week ago I arrived back home from a two week vacation. I was happy to see my Zoe still parked in the same place where I left her.

The experts tell me that it is best to store a lithium battery with about half a charge. So I left her with 62% charge. When I started her, she still showed she had a 60% charge. So there is almost no self-discharge of or vampire drain on the traction battery.

What I did notice though is how badly aligned the door sill is at the driver’s side. It is protruding by more than a cm. See the picture below. On that same side, the front and rear doors aren’t perfectly aligned too, bu that is more like a few mm. I hope they can correct these things.

Also, Tomtom lost connectivity and reports it can’t get an internet connection. That means I have no HD live traffic information which is quite important if you commute in the Amsterdam area. I will visit the garage for both issues in the coming week or so.Zoe door sill misalignment