The Renault ZOE took first and second place in the battery electric category of the 2016 e-Rallye MonteCarlo. Renault ZOE has won in the same category in 2014 and 2015; making it three in a row.
The automaker entered with four ZOEs: two for specialists Greg Jonkerlynck / Yves Munier and Aurore Ferry / Pascal Ferry, plus one for Norwegian journalist Gro Flaaten and a fourth for French bloggers Alexandre Stricher (Autocult) / Michael Torregrossa (Automobile-Propre). Adriana Karembeu, TV presenter and model was part of the all-lady crew in the ZOE.
At the end of the four-day competition, ZOE not only topped the final order in the all-electric class but also claimed second and third places overall. ZOE was equipped with a new battery, which has doubled its New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) driving range to 400 kilometres.
Alexandre Stricher who finished third overall said, "The level of the entry was much higher this year. The status of the e-Rallye Monte-Carlo is growing fast and the organisers served us with a genuinely challenging event. Our ZOE was equipped with the new Z.E. 40 battery and we were able to cross France without having to worry about running out of power.
"We prepared carefully and, with road sections of up to 240 kilometres in length, we obviously had our eyes on the satnav, but never on the battery gauge.
"Renault has sparked a revolution in the world of affordable electric cars and we completed the rally ahead of models like the BMW i3, the Kia Soul, the Volkswagen E-Golf and even the Tesla S! We could have exceeded distances of 340km during the rally and I am certain we could even exceed 400km in real-world use. That's my personal challenge!"