Driven Renault Fluence Z E Motoring Journo

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Renault Fluence Z.E. Electric Cars

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Renault is heavily in the electric car market, spent £2.6 billion so far their alliance partner, The Kangoo Z.E. van went on back in November 2011 and has the LEAF . which uses the motor and battery pack and it has now joined by the Fluence Z.E. the all-electric family car on sale in the UK.

The Z.E. looks very to the standard car at first glance, but the observer will see that an 130mm has been added at the to squeeze in the battery between the seats and the boot. This lend a certain awkwardness to the but it still looks normal, isn t something that can be said of electrically-powered car

It sports discreet points on the front wings, but it is the blue accents that the world to the fact that is no ordinary Fluence. Apart these it could be any mid-range, European car. That is a thing.

It s been designed as a family albeit one that is powered by and is large enough to seat adults along with a amount of luggage in the small The (optional) leather seats are the air-conditioning is powerful (and ); everything is, in fact, reassuringly the power usage meter and charge indicator in the dashboard the only visible sign this is an unusually civilised

Interior cues are subtle and only be noticed by the driver

And it is. Once you ve twisted the ignition key the sign that the Fluence is is a single green Go symbol on the there is no vibration and no engine Pulling away in Drive you are by an unexpected turn of speed and a hum. The performance figures suggest that this isn t a car, but it feels like partly because an electric produces its full torque and also because there are no changes to interrupt the flow.

The sensation and noise is a bit like a jet off and is as much fun as you might imagine.

It forward and reaches 70mph quickly, although it does down a little from point onwards. Its top speed is to 84mph to conserve battery and range.

So shall we talk the elephant in the room?

The Fluence s motor

Electric motors are of producing remarkable power and deliver it instantaneously. They are very efficient, converting 90 of the energy that they into propulsion, a huge on the 25 percent that is the case an internal combustion engine. is, then, a fine choice of with which to power a

The problem is with the storage and despite recent strides in development they are still the factor that determines the of an electric vehicle. Renault that the Fluence can travel as far as 125 in urban use on one charge or as little as 60 on fast roads. The car does an Eco mode, which reduces the output to conserve energy and the range by 10 percent, but much to use the Fluence for the journeys in which it

Boot space is reduced by the of the battery

The battery in the Fluence 208kg, the weight of two stout and it makes itself felt in the car s dynamic behaviour and in how far it is possible to in one journey. Situated behind the seats it raises the car s centre of inducing a curious wagging from the back of the car when you direction quickly. It is never and it is offset in my eyes by the wonderfully characteristics of the electric motor; car is a compromise and the Fluence strikes a satisfying balance indeed.

It very well indeed no doubt, by that extra and the need to use the (very effective) is reduced thanks to the strong braking, a time during the battery is being charged, the Fluence s kinetic energy electricity. The engineer in me likes even though I am only energy that I have expended; better to accelerate than brake efficiently

In city use where the Fluence is at home the motor s instantaneous delivery and light, accurate make it a pleasure to use. It nippy and agile and is, of course, non-polluting at the point of use. It is an and rewarding car to use in the urban environment, and make a fine car for city

And if they have the need to more widely than the Z.E. can they can hire a or diesel-engined Renault at a preferential

The front of the Fluence is very styled

A recent and increasing is the point at which the battery fail. All batteries have a life and when they replacing they can as some owners are discovering cost so as to effectively write the car off. has addressed this in rather a way, by leasing the battery of selling it. This ensures the customer always has a functioning and will never be faced an unmanageable repair bill.

The cost is £76 a month for someone 6,000 miles a year, to £103 a month for 12,000 a year, and the contract can be varied at any other than in the final months.

Charging the Fluence can be done through a normal plug

Charging the battery is I used a standard 13amp socket and got a full charge in hours at a cost of just £3.00. Those who would to accomplish the same thing in hours can invest in a dedicated socket for around £800. I m not that I would bother.

I driving the Fluence a great it forced me to consider the expenditure of more carefully than I normally do. It also demonstrates an all-electric family car can be a practical and is almost as easy to own as those by more conventional means and it can be to drive, too!

Price: from £17,495 OTR the £5,000 government grant has deducted, plus the cost of the battery

Maximum power: (95hp equivalent)

Peak 167lb ft

0-60mph: 13.7

Top speed: 84 mph (limited)

Driving up to 115 miles (New European Cycle)

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