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Renault Fluence Z.E. and hands-on

Renault has bet big on electric Bigger than any other car in fact — and by 2013 have four of them for in the form of the recently launched Z.E. Van, Twizy hybrid, Clio-sized Zoe and this, the Z.E. the most conventional and of the all-electric range.

To herald the of the cars, Renault’s been the slogan Drive the Change, so it invited us to check out the Fluence we thought we’d better go and see the noise — or lack of was all

A more traditional style

got used to electric and hybrid looking rather different the norm. The Nissan Leaf, Ampera/Chevrolet Volt and Toyota all adopt a hatchback form, a high rear end that’s off for better aerodynamic efficiency. distinctive looks have a real draw as this generation of green cars to the market, because early were keen to shout the fact they’d bought a new car.


So the Fluence Z.E is surprising because of how and conventional it looks (massive and rear overhang apart). one in a metallic silver or grey than the electric blue of our car and you can just blend in. Partly because — as we move in to a where more and more cars come to market manufacturers reckon the desire to out and shout about what driving will diminish.

also because Renault’s this at fleet and company car — electric cars from huge tax breaks who aren’t known for wanting to out from the crowd, and also the Fluence Z.E. is based on the Fluence saloon that’s in other markets — based on the Megane hatch we get in the UK. We think it’s a bit of a shame it so bland and normal.

Understated with a small

But if you want an electric car and don’t to shout about it, this be for you. And as far as compromises go, Renault has just about all it can to remove the that might put you off buying The interior and dashboard is just the one in the Megane — which is to say plain, but nice enough some good quality plastics. In the back, there’s of space and this car will four full-size adults no

The only issue comes you open the boot and discover rather than the massive that protruding rear suggests, there’s a fairly luggage compartment, because the stacked up behind the rear

Those expecting the kind of interior full of touchscreen you get in the Toyota Prius or Nissan might be disappointed there’s no screen or large futuristic Instead you get a Megane-like three on the dash, with the rev counter by a battery charge gauge, and the gauge replaced by a small which shows how efficiently driving and a digital display how many kW of power you’re and if power is flowing from or in to the battery.

It’s all linked to Renault’s Sat Nav system, which knows how charge is in the battery and will you if there’s not enough to get to your and try to find recharge stations the route and also includes Live services.

Relaxed good range

Jump in and set off and straight away realise why a real appeal to electric Up to about 50mph the motor virtually no noise. Sensibly, than trying to pretend the Z.E. is some kind of car, Renault has set it up with a soft and comfortable ride and steering.

The result is the Fluence Z.E. is a easygoing car to drive.

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It also from the usual electric car of providing max torque from rpm, which in non-jargon means, when you put your down it just takes off Above about 55mph you get a electric humming whine, has slight overtones of Eighties spaceships, all the better for reminding you driving the future. The range of the is up to about 110 miles, according to and after 45 miles behind the the gauge showed the battery lost just over its charge.

Given that a lot of miles were at fairly speeds on A-roads and dual around town and with a foot, 100-odd miles plausible as this car’s world range.

The best is the price

It’s easy to at the plain-Jane Fluence Z.E. and so what? But the reality is that could be the smartest and most-appealing car yet. Keeping the design and skimping on the visible tech has Renault to wield one huge card, which is typically the off-putting factor of electric price.

You can buy a basic Fluence Z.E. the Government’s £5,000 grant, for £17,495. The Dynamique version we here — which you a few extra toys such as air and cruise control — is Which means it massively rivals such as Nissan’s and Vauxhall’s Ampera.

There is a because on top of that you’ll to pay Renault a monthly charge for the of the battery (it’s a bit like a phone contract), which for the miles per year deal, out at £81 per month over three, or five years (other are available). But given that tech is improving and that people are worried about the of a failing battery over — Renault’s deal you for all that — it might not be a bad way to run electric car. Plus, out over a typical four-year period, it still makes the Z.E. cheaper, all in, than a

The Fluence Z.E. goes on in the UK next month.

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