One-two for Renault at 2016 e-Rallye Monte-Carlo

Renault continued their success at the 2016 e-Rallye Monte-Carlo by taking a one-two finish.

This was the French manufacturer’s third win in three years as Christophe Ponset was the lead Renault ZOE driver in second, but first in the all-electric vehicle class.

Fellow Frenchman Alexandre Stricher, who is a blogger for was behind Ponset in third, but second in class.

The other ZOE drivers who competed at the e-Rallye Monte Carlo were Adriana Karembeu, Greg Jonkerlynck, Aurore Ferry and Gro Flatten.

Third-placed Stricher 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!”