Onto, the innovative subscription-based EV service formerly know as Evezy, has just ordered 1100 Renault ZOEs to add to its fleet. Onto is a highly flexible alternative to full ownership of an electric vehicle, and the New ZOEs represent the biggest ever single order for the company.
The business model of Onto is focused on one thing, and that is to make customers’ lives easier. It will be very simple for drivers to get behind the wheel of a new ZOE. No deposit is required and in return for a monthly payment, customers will enjoy everything they need for a hassle-free EV experience: the car, insurance, breakdown cover, maintenance and even the electricity to charge it via the Polar network.
A major benefit of the subscription scheme is that there is no long-term commitment as the subscription term is only one month. The previous-generation ZOE is now the entry-level model for the scheme with a monthly subscription of £339. The original Evezy scheme consisted of 180 of this model, so the new order takes Onto’s ZOE total to 1,280.
All the 1100 new ZOEs, however, will be the R135 model featuring the 50KW DC rapid charge option, which allows 90 miles of charge to be restored in only 30 minutes and offer a highly usable range of up to 245 miles (WLTP). The new, more powerful R135 motor is twinned to a 52kWh battery.
Onto will be offering the two ZOE R135 versions, the Iconic R135 Z.E. 50 and the sporty GT Line R135 Z.E.50. Standard features on the Iconic include climate control, inductive smart phone 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-inch EASY LINK screen, front parking sensors with rear parking camera, synthetic leather and recycled cloth upholstery, blind spot warning and 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels.
The new ZOE also includes the entry-level Play trim version. Its standard specification encompasses full LED headlamps, air conditioning, 7-inch EASY LINK multimedia screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, full 10-inch TFT instrument cluster, DAB radio, hands-free key card, cruise control and speed limiter, automatic wipers and headlamps. Purchased directly from Renault, the new ZOE will be available at a starting price of £26,495 on the road after the Plug-in Car Grant.
Vincent Tourette, Managing Director of Groupe Renault UK seems quite satisfied with the business venture with Onto.
“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,” he said. “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.”