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Future Models — 2012 Fluence

First Electric Fluence closes on

Charged and ready: Renault release the Fluence ZE in Australia in the quarter of next year.

s world-first electric sedan in late 2012 at higher than promised

24 October

FLEET rather than buyers will be Renault s when the world s first three-box sedan electric the Fluence ZE surfaces in Australia in the quarter of next year.

its proposed on-sale price of $40,000 is somewhat adrift of an statement from Renault the ZE will be in the same ballpark as the equipped petrol-powered Fluence (which is priced at $29,990).

that price will not the cost of leasing the battery from electric mobility and specialists Better Place

Neither company will to outlaying specifics 12 months out launch, although Renault maintains that the Fluence ZE Zero Emissions) will be extremely competitively in the high-$30s segment, complete with a number of features including a new satellite-navigation/communication system known as

The Better Place line, is that motorists spending $80 a or more on petrol or diesel be better off financially going its business proposition.

This electricity green , not coal-sourced a single charge box fitted at or place of work, limitless use of its swap stations, guaranteed performance satisfaction for the life of the and Australia-wide 24/7 customer connectivity.

To help hammer the home, a number of Australian-market, Fluence ZEs will be imported by Place in March or April as of its first urban infrastructure in Canberra.

Fleet customers are expected to the lion s share of sales, to the of 70 per cent.

At least one more zero-emissions vehicle is also in the for Australia next year the ZE placing the French car-maker at the of mainstream EV availability for both the car and commercial vehicle markets.

the fixed-battery Nissan Leaf is also due out in 2012, the Renault is a version of an existing model, the X38 launched in October 2010, but a 130mm longer boot of it rear overhang) to accommodate the 280kg lithium-ion battery stacked vertically between the seat and bulkhead.

Renault this system of battery Quick Drop .

Codenamed L38 to its extra length (4748mm), the Fluence s rear sheetmetal and are subsequently different, though the wheelbase remains the same.

the stretch, total cargo still tumbles from 520 to just 317 litres and the split/fold function is also lost.

ZE cues include the fitment of flaps on both front a new grille and front bumper, tail-lights with Renault detailing, alterations to the boot lid and diffuser, a subtle blue to the headlights, badges and body and unique wheels and tyres.

will immediately notice the tachometer in the instrumentation binnacle, by a battery gauge, and a new trip system designed for EV functionality.

keyless entry has not yet been for the Fluence ZE owing to interference associated with the electrification

A compact synchronous AC motor 70kW of power between and 8900rpm, and 226Nm of torque just 400rpm to 2500rpm, to the front wheels through a Reducer gearbox.

The lithium-ion battery is rated at 398 consists of 48 modules and 192 cells, 22kWh of energy, and has a capacity of

Maximum range is quoted as though as with all EVs external such as speed, topography, load, ambient temperature and mass can reduce that In Eco mode, more than of range is possible.

Life is eight to 12 years though the Place agreement means ZE customers will not have to about that as long as keep subscribing to the battery program.

In the event of imminent charge depletion, the car resorts to a power mode that as a further warning, and allows for a few kilometres of low-speed travel. means the driver can exit off a arterial to a nearby charge or park out of harm s way.

speed is 135km/h and the 0-100km/h takes 13 seconds some seconds longer than a 2.0-litre Fluence with

Tipping the scales at 1605kg, the ZE is 150kg heavier than the Fluence, but is otherwise identical. It has a strut front suspension and beam rear end, power steering, ABS brakes and electronic stability control.

says the Fluence ZE has been to match its sibling s five-star crash-test result.

Extensive side and rear anti-intrusion have ensured no deformation or pack intrusion. This the nail test that no foreign objects can penetrate the pack.

The extra weight of the over the rear axle a more favourable weight

Tyres are Goodyear low-resistance

All Australian-bound Fluence ZEs will climate-control air-conditioning, auto and wipers, cruise control a speed-limiter function, and the aforementioned system, which shows a of travel according to remaining

An audible warning system also be made available to pedestrians of the moving EV.

The Fluence resulted from meetings Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn and Place founder Shai commencing in 2006 was chosen of the preference for three-box sedans in which is expected to account for than half its sales

Access to the swappable battery ordinarily takes less four and a half minutes to also influenced Renault s to use the Fluence body shape, was already being developed.

Renault and Better Place Fluence ZE owners to conduct 95 per of all their charging needs at home or during business at work, since most travel within the range charge offers.

European show 87 per cent of motorists do not 60km daily, so the battery facility is there as a back-up for journeys than the daily

Neither company will sales expectations, but the majority of adopters will probably use it as a vehicle, in mostly urban

Tax incentives, cheaper registration and rates, and no road congestion are some of the incentives being to lure customers into an EV, none are yet offered in Australia.

Renault Australia will special reduced car rental for local ZE owners to use for extended

Key rivals will be the Leaf, as as upcoming EVs like the Ford BEV, Holden Volt and Ampera, while Renault name-checks the Toyota Prius Hybrid.

Like all Fluences, the ZE is by OYAK-Renault in Bursa, Turkey.


REMEMBER The Greatest American , a short-lived 80s TV Superman spoof on a totally unremarkable schoolteacher after stumbling across a red belonging to an extraterrestrial, finds out he can fly (among other extraordinary

In a way, our short time the Renault Fluence ZE in beautiful Portugal, reminded us of this series.

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The regular Turkish-built four-door sedan makes a value, safety and features for itself, but is completely outshone by dynamic, refined and appealing like the Mazda 3 and Ford

But electrification turns the mundane X38 a super-Fluence .

Sure, it may have an (130mm longer than bum and tail-lights that look at you Louie The Fly, but the L38 ZE for Zero naturally is a brave new world

When it arrives in Australia time next year, the Fluence will be (relatively) with a pioneering extra-cost lease/maintenance/swap arrangement with EV and ownership specialists Better that promises to smooth the way for green motoring without or worry.

Whether the Renault is the of many or merely a valiant but road to nowhere, it is an historic that deserves to be remembered for to affect change towards an future, if the Better Place is to be believed.

So, should you place Fluence ZE order in now?

At $40K plus around $320 per month (by our calculations, not Place s, for they re keeping mum on for another year) the well-equipped EV opens up a whole new world of driving.

What this is that you can plug your car the mains at home or the office for eight hours, then like you normally do which for people is less than its claimed 185km range.

If you need to go much further, you can the battery pack for another charged item at a planned Place Battery Swap or rent a petrol or diesel at significantly lower prices.

And you can about truly having exhaust pipe emissions the power provided by Better s charge box uses so-called electricity .

It s a win/win, right? mostly.

Electrification makes the super-smooth, quick on the uptake and serene at speed, backed up by quieter running gear for an addictive (and perhaps too turbine sound coming the motor.

Operating the Renault t be easier, either. You get inside, a key, hear a click and see a GO in the instrument cluster, slot the T-bar lever into then zoom off.

The ZE feels quite energetic at speeds, but hills slow it and extreme temperatures can result in power. And these factors, things like extra can slash the range between to well below half Renault claims.

Driven over 65km of hilly but country roads, and with no for preserving charge, our ZE consumed a over half, or around of the available electricity in reserve, was a good result.

But we couldn t lamenting the actual chassis the humble Fluence that all this impressive electrical

Why does the steering have to be so light and numbing? It feels disconnected to the car, and so ruins it for drivers.

A more favourable to rear weight balance in composed and controlled handling, but the also feel like a especially when the regenerative kicks in off-throttle. Yes, it help recharge the batteries, but also make the Renault weirdly slower and held .

And, despite the stretched there is no solution to the low roofline restricts easy entry and in all Fluence models. At least is plenty of legroom and shoulder once inside.

An oddly boot area limits the ZE s so-called family friendliness. It s bigger than a coupe s like the Megane CC.

But this is the EV under $40K and it feels behind the wheel, despite the familiarity, because the drivetrain is so smooth and zingy. After a it seemed completely normal, and intimidating.

It is also worth that, in two days and about of real-world driving, Renault felt compelled to have an or PR person accompany us, which to a degree of confidence.

After the many virtues that motoring brings, it is easy to about the humble some even say humdrum Fluence at the of this historic EV.

But, to the advanced drivetrain, we are much willing to forgive the Renault s and packaging flaws. It even far less mundane than

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