Renault Zoe dominates Monte-Carlo zero emissions rally
The Rallye Monte-Carlo ZENN is said to be the 'greenest' part of the Monte-Carlo New Energies Rally; an annual event that tests the latest and greatest electrically-powered cars to the limit.
This year saw the fifth anniversary of the gruelling automotive shakedown hosted on the twisting and testing runs from La Turbie to Peille and from Sainte Agnès to La Turbie.
The Zero Emissions, No Noise (ZENN) segment was set on stages that ranged from 29 to 55 miles in length and included a variety of handling, acceleration and reliability assessments to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Renault's Zoe managed to bag first place in every single category going this year and despite battling heavy fog and torrential downpours on the treacherous mountain routes, the electric city car managed to fend off stiff competition from the likes of the Mitsubishi i-Miev and the Citroen C-Zero.
AOL Cars has been running a Renault Zoe as part of our long-term test fleet and can attest to its comfort and reliability, even in some pretty horrific UK winter weather.
In addition to the impressive medal haul this year, the Renault Zoe also established a new 24-hour electric vehicle distance world record two years ago, achieving an impressive 1,011 miles in the allotted time frame.
According to Renault, the Zoe's range never dropped below 42 per cent on even the longest 55-mile Monte-Carlo rally stage.
"Thanks to ZOE's Range Optimizer, there was always sufficient range for the drivers to focus solely on their driving," revealed a Renault spokesperson.