Driving the Renault Fluence Z E in Portugal

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Renault Fluence Z.E. Electric Cars

Portugal Electric Vehicle program Driving the Renault Z.E.

Day 1 of the Renault Electric media drive in Portugal was a brief one with about 40 spent behind the wheel of the Z.E. (stands for Zero This is Renault s first vehicle, launched in some of Europe last Friday. We provided a chance to drive through the city of Lisbon to see this is the next big thing in the world.

The journey started at the and concluded at the Onyaria Golf situated at Cascias, about an away from the airport.

The Map

The drive started with a at the Lisbon Airport basement While serving refreshments explained the route for the day. The took us through the city at some points bordered the

The Fluence Z.E. ditches the dCI motor for a Synchronous AC motor produces 70KW of power and of torque. It has a 398 Volt Lithium Ion case that produces and weighs 280 kilograms. The battery is situated in the boot while the and controller are placed under the

Driving-friendly European roads a lower ground clearance

It the Fluence to reach a top speed of with a 0-100kph time of 13

The Renault Fluence Z.E. has the diesel spec s black with silver highlights. navigation helped us reach our on time.

The range of the Fluence EV in the spec sheet is 185km, but in world conditions much of it on driving habits and style.

Fluence diesel vs Fluence Noticeable differences

Left badge on the boot lid conveys to motorists that you are the tree-hugging of driver. Right Special light cluster sectioned a beehive.

Left Low rolling tires with specially rims. Right Blue chrome decorations is another key differentiator.

Observations made on the Fluence Z.E.

Access to charging stations is by using a card

I ll skip to the most point The electric vehicles not turbo lag and sweet spot. torque is available right the start. This means you put your foot down, the car forward with the same regardless of your speed.

There s the same kind of available every time, all the You are in the power band the moment you the car.

Turning the key for the first was a confusing experience on the Fluence

Twist the key and there s no noise. A noise (generated when the is switched on, only at a higher as you twist the key indicates you are ready to go.

The plug is placed on the front on either side of the car

You are unsure the vehicle status as you are waiting for an growl or vibration as in a regular

Digital cluster is only in the Indian Fluence. Europe analog even on the Z.E. Charge indicator replaces here.

While on the go, the powertrain generates any noise. Put your foot on the accelerator, and a distant whistling is heard. Vibration is another that doesn t feature in dictionary.

Vehicle modes Park, Neutral, Reverse and Understandably no gates for gear + and

The audio clarity on standard system in the absence of engine is appreciably better.

Digital uses arrow mark battery and car icons to show of power transfer; Analog below shows real power usage

When you your foot off the accelerator, the car down as if an invisible someone is You shed speed faster you are you are not dabbling with the accelerator as the system converts the kinetic of the wheels into electric for the batteries. I saw this as a driver aid it came to negotiating corners using the brake pedal you down before the bend.

Renault increased the rear by 13cm to house the batteries, but it eats into the luggage reducing it to 317 liters from the 530 liters of the standard model. Not impressive considering owners use it for long distances.


Motor, and power transmission wires the engine bay

Renault achieved a 50:50 weight distribution by part of the driveline on the front and part of the battery on the rear It lowers the center of gravity and the roll is noticeably less. The holding convincing to push the car the corners.

On board equipment is untouched. It has the comfort, space and safety as the diesel or petrol variant.

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