Renault Fluence Z E Review Business Line

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Renault Fluence Z.E.

Electric vehicles, which are becoming a rage around the today, are yet to make a splash in They are not new here though. We had the Reva and then there been a few concepts showcased at Expos.

The scenario is not dramatically even around the world if you the level of penetration that have had compared to conventional vehicles.

But hybrids and now, full-electric vehicles have the imagination of buyers in the mature markets. If you ignore the compulsions automobile manufacturers themselves have, such as meeting stringent emissions targets, is still good reason why are fast becoming popular.

The for electrics

With the spurt in oil that we have, it is a no-brainer electrics can help the buyer by offering the lowest per kilometre cost amongst all types of currently available fossil hybrids and full-electrics. That be true even in the markets the most expensive electricity

But, the dynamics of the electric market is governed by many restrictions and metrics and they are the why they haven’t caught on in For one, electrics, since run on stored battery power, to be limited by their operating The solution is not as simple as doubling the of batteries, because the increase in means that there only be a disproportionately lower in range.

Adding battery power also make the vehicle expensive to own and maintain, and there also be an increase in charging making it more inconvenient. The weight will also down the car’s top speeds and a more powerful electric will consume more power and in turn further the operating range.

There also been other that have restricted electrics from becoming vehicles in the past. One such was the inconsistent discharge of the battery and the problem of over-heating during the operation. These issues been successfully tackled by the battery managers and with new for ensuring even discharge.

By cooling and ventilation systems for the pack it can be protected from

The biggest stumbling block, has been public infrastructure the of charging infrastructure for extending the of electrics. Even in mature where the typical family has than two cars, the limited of electrics has been the reason why aren’t preferred. Charging along the major road and transit points can positively the acceptance levels for electrics.


Amongst the automobile that are putting their on electrics is the Renault-Nissan alliance. alliance partner Nissan’s car the Leaf has been a success, too has big plans for going down road. Last month, invited motoring journalists around the world to Cascais in to drive the new Fluence Z.E. and the Z.E.

Renault has actively with governments in cities in 12 in Europe and a few others globally for the infrastructure required for supporting electrics. Renault will have two more electrics in the and the ZOE, but we were in Portugal to drive the current Z.E.s for Zero Emission).

Obviously, I was interested in testing the Fluence a vehicle that we have all familiar with.

In terms of design, the Fluence Z.E. is much like the Fluence we here in India. At least the front, the lines are all very with some minor to the headlamp combination and the Renault just above the bonnet is in blue tinted metal. The light blue paint job is the distinguishing element in the Fluence if the special ‘Energie Blue’ is chosen from the available

The bonnet grille is also a design in the Fluence Z.E.

is no fuel filler cap, at the driver’s side, just the A-pillar on the body side is the battery charging slot The rear of the Fluence Z.E. has changed considerably compared to the fuel variants. Elongated and around triangular tail with LEDs and a bluish-tinted actually give the Fluence a more attractive backside.

The version of this popular sedan has been stretched by five inches, compared to the combustion engine versions, to it to accommodate the battery pack the rear seat. But thanks to the rear section, boot remains the same as the IC engine despite the battery pack up space. The Fluence Z.E. gets a special wheel that has been conceived to aerodynamic turbulence.


The interior of the Fluence is also familiar, but plusher the Indian spec IC engine Comfy seats, premium bits and a gear shift that looks very like an automatic gearbox in the conventional Fluence are the other The on-board computer now displays electric vehicle information as instantaneous and average consumption, and battery charge and discharge on the instrument cluster.

I step the Fluence and try to crank an imaginary by turning the key and there is only an beep and a green Go’ on the instrument cluster that that the car is ready to move. engineers have built a function into the Fluence so that it behaves like a automatic gearbox when into drive.

I expect the to be noise-free, after all there is no IC but it is uncannily quiet in the car, due to the more efficient sound that Renault engineers done. The Fluence Z.E sports a electric motor with a power of 70kW the equivalent of delivered at 3,000 rpm and a maximum of 226Nm. Top speed has been to 130 kmph.

All the usual electric car motor like regenerative braking and efficiency capturing techniques are all

Renault’s battery stack in the Z.E. and the Kangoo Z.E. are with Lithium-ion and are said to be similar to a bunch of laptop wired together. The best about the car is that it is comparable to its fuel cousins in terms of its and handling. The additional weight the battery pack has been for to retain its on-road dynamics and is no difference in the focus on safety six airbags, ABS and electronic stability being standard.


The though is in the pricing of the Renault which has been matched to the version of the Fluence in the very where both are sold. strategies like leasing the pack, instead of making the car pay for it has enabled Renault to make it affordable and less elitist.

Of a chunk of that affordability also come from incentives. This is where the blocks could be for making such as these affordable for buyers too. The debate incentives for electrics in India rage on for many years to

Buyers though, have to a point where they accept electrics with limitations and use them accordingly.

We to admit that the age of the electrics is us whether driven by the pressures of the oil price inflation or due to the self-motivated to go green. It is time that the consider a public-private partnership to at allow electrics in controlled where setting up the necessary will be easier. The prospect of emission is too tantalising, and every in this polluted ocean of will count.

article was published on December 7,

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