RE: ZE Services
I don't pay ongoing fees other than the pack rental, and I haven't done a single thing to the car in terms of upgrades or fixes or service activations. This is primarily because it was never explained what the services were, but also because a) the car works just fine as it is and I see no reason to upset anything, and b) Renault STILL have the car registered to its prior owner. My suspicion is that attempting to do anything other than drive it will result in another train wreck. In simply booking in the service that's due, there was a reasonable level of confusion arising from the fact I wasn't who their system claimed I should I be: this, you may recall, despite having had it all out with both RCI and Renault head office when they had the temerity (to be fair, they were just gold standard disorganised) to leave a smudge on my credit file having cocked up taking payment for the battery.
While most EV owners today are genuinely interested in the hardware and keen to update the software and keep various connected services working, I suspect that, long term, most will be like me and not give a bleep. Having said this, I am a programmer by trade and spend most of my life around computers and the notion of having to mess about with the car the way I mess about at work fills me with absolute dread. I really do not want those same work complications at home.
Remember also that my Expression+ doesn't have a lot of the gubbins that the Dynamique has as standard and even if it did I wouldn't use them anyway. The TomTom navigation is the same as in my wife's Mazda5 and it's slow and garbage and behind the curve compared with anything you can get on a smartphone. One of many reasons the tech in cars will gradually fade away to be replaced by a single mobile device interface!