The original Renault Zoe (which those linked to will be) have only a 20kWh battery and a range of 80 miles at most. Also battery rental was the only option that it was ever sold with so no matter how old and worthless it was by the time you'd bought it you'd still be facing a reasonably hefty (relative to an old second hand car) monthly "rental" cost for the battery. Not a good deal when the car itself is down to banger prices IMHO!NewcastleFalcon wrote: Just for balance the Renault Zoe is also well available secondhand now like this example. Plenty more where that came from but with it being a relatively new market, it is as well that the prospective purchaser gets really genned up about the "offers" and what they entail. Its always better to go into the negotiation where you know as much if not more than the person trying to sell you something and spouting the usual sales BS!:) .
http://usedcars.renault.co.uk/used-rena ... =se_na_re_
The new Zoe has a 41kWh battery which gives around 130-140 miles per charge realistically and is sold either with battery rental or at a considerably higher cost without rental. So shopping for a second hand 41kWh Zoe you'd have to be careful to know whether the one you were buying had a rented or purchased battery...
After watching a few reviews I've kind of gone off the Zoe - even the new 41kWh version - it may be one of the cheapest EV's at the moment but it seems like it is a very basic entry level EV and not particularly good as a car in many ways. Here's one such review of the new 41kWh model which is very ambivalent:
They also own a Tesla and have posted reviews on a lot of other electric and hybrid cars.
And of course there is Robert Llewellyn review of the original Zoe in 2013:
And here is is review of the new 41kWh model: