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Renault Finalizes Designs of and Kangoo EVs, Accepting

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Not to let its sister Nissan get away with all the car press. Renault has also busy finalizing its plans for electric cars to Europe and early next year.

Renault showed off the finalized of its Fluence electric sedan and its small commercial electric van. In addition, the company announced a pre-reservation list, will give potential a chance to get their name in to order one of the upcoming electric

The Nissan-Renault Alliance has been hand in hand to get electric into mass-market consumers Yet, while Nissan sell its upcoming LEAF car to markets in North America and Renault has been given the of designing and building EVs that do well on the European market and in

Both the Fluence and Kangoo EVs are to have a ranges of 160km miles) on a single charge and very similar to their counterparts. One might even them incredibly conventional-looking (by standards). But, then that may be the strategy here.

Renault says that the will be chargeable in three by a standard European 220V in 6-8 hours, on a fast charge outlet in about 30 minutes . and by swapping in 5 minutes. Although the 30 fast charge is pretty it s the bit about battery swapping has me most intrigued. Last the Renault-Nissan alliance announced collaboration with battery start-up Better Place.

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Since that time it has clear that the collaboration only relates to Israel and as Renault-Nissan doesn t see battery working particularly well in the given the sheer size of the and infrastructure required to make it

Although Renault hasn t spelled out who the battery swapping be done by or where it would it appears that the Fluence EV is the car built by Renault specifically to with Better Place s swapping scheme. Better has adopted the strategy of making swapping work in Israel and is working hand in hand Israeli government to develop a battery swapping infrastructure.

No word on whether or not the Kangoo van accommodates battery swapping, but that it s specifically left out of the release, my guess is that it t and that the Fluence is the only car has agreed to make work Better Place at this just to see how that relationship out.

To get on the pre-reservation list for the Fluence and EVs (as well as the upcoming Twizy and Zoe EV you can visit Renault s zero website and follow the links.

out the pics of the Fluence and Kangoo EVs and you can read the thorough (14 page) press release on the next

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