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Renault has confirmed the 2018 model-year Zoe electric vehicle will cost from £18,420 including the Government’s £4,500 Plug-in Car Grant.

First deliveries of the facelifted EV – which features a more powerful motor – will commence in the summer.

According to Renault, the revised model – which won the Electric Car of the Year award at the inaugural Company Car Today Awards in January – gains 16hp over the 2017 model year Zoe, however the car’s range is not impacted, meaning it is capable of travelling 186 miles between charges in real-world conditions.

However, the extra power enhances the vehicle’s usability, shaving two seconds off its 49.7-74.5mph time compared with the predecessor.

The previous-generation battery – which offers a real-world range of 174 miles – is retained in the line-up, with Renault advising high mileage drivers who need to recharge their vehicles en-route to choose the older model, as it recharges quicker than new battery when using public charging points.

In addition to the extra power, the Zoe gains the Android Auto smartphone linking system, allowing users to display certain apps on the vehicle’s multimedia screen.

Renault has also simplified the model’s range, with just two trim levels available – Dynamique Nav and Signature Nav.

As standard, the vehicle is equipped with rear parking sensors, cruise control, climate control, a seven-inch infotainment system with voice-controlled TomTom satnav and LED daytime running lights, while the higher-spec Signature Nav models gain leather upholstery, a Bose audio system, heated front seats, electrically folding door mirrors and a rear parking camera.

Prices start from £20,670 including the Plug-in Car Grant for the top-of-the-range variant.