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RENAULT Fluence – Electric Car Expression+ 70kW Auto

Renault Fluence ZE first review

Renault is racing to be to market with an all-electric Photo Gallery

Karla road tests and reviews the Fluence ZE that will here in 2012.

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A lot of numbers are thrown around in about electric cars. But are only three that matter: range, recharge and price.

And with the Renault ZE plug-in that will arriving next year, we know two of those three, the final price depending on a lease program for which we don t yet details.

Renault is racing to be to market with an all-electric and is partnering in Australia with Place, who will provide the and distance subscription and also battery swap stations and points around the country.

You can of the strategy as being similar to a mobile phone and subscribing to a plan — except you are also leasing the phone from Telstra.

The program start with select in Canberra in the second quarter of with cars arriving at dealers towards the end of the year.

Renault says the Fluence EV arrive in a single high-specced priced under $40,000. But doesn t include the cost of the battery.

Nor do we yet know if the cost include charges for swapping over, or how long the lease will be.

The French brand to make a mark with the so the price will be as strategic as can bear. At the moment Mitsubishi is the tiny i-Miev for $48,000, so an calculation for the total cost of the would be: somewhere under + $8,000 wriggle room + extra amount because the is larger. Not much help at stage, we know.

What will have to weigh up the Better Place prices are next year is how quickly the cost pays for itself to their weekly bowser Better Place spokesperson Terrey says any driver an average of $80/pw at the bowser be better off with a Fluence EV. So if s your bowser bill for a small/medium sedan with a of le style Francaise — le could be the answer.

As long as you don t far from town.

The internal-combustion engine (ICE) sedan is $29,990 for the top-spec with CVT transmission, smart key, dual-zone climate-control Bluetooth with music satnav, premium audio multimedia connection, electric leather upholstery, passenger height adjustment with support, rear parking and 17-in alloy wheels.

So the could get pretty much all of — except for the smart which has been replaced by a key because the transponder system has been cannibalised by the battery. the nav system will include of charge spots and battery stations.

Let s look at those two crucial numbers first.

is claimed to be 185km with driving, but without having to be a zealot about it. Zealotry apparently get you to 200km. Our Aussie gave less than on the test drive.

Recharge will be six to eight hours the special 16amp fast Better Place will fit at home — and in public — but that blows out hours if you plug into a 10amp household socket. a complete battery exchange take less than minutes, once the swap are built.

Renault claims a 0-100km/h of 13 seconds while the top speed is to 135km/h.

With a continuously-variable driving the front wheels, the comes from a high-revving electric motor powered by the lithium-ion battery pack, behind the rear seats which has meant a strengthened to cope with the 280kg

Although Renault and Nissan are the motor is not the one from Nissan s Leaf, but a coil-rotor one that says gives better

The drivetrain has to haul 184kg than the ICE car, but several are used to keep the drain on the pack low, including low tyres on the 16-in wheels and an eco that stops the airconditioning. You can the car — and check charge and life — through a app.

The ICE Fluence on sale in is a very roomy small but not roomy enough to cater for the massive battery pack and boot space. So the electric has grown about 13cm but that still drops the car s capacity to 317 litres, leaving you enough room for a single suitcase. So if you re having a weekend with the family, you might be clothes at the other end.

Apart from the bluff s even longer rear the clean styling is much the as the non-electric — and just as to either raise your or offend you — with the cues being larger air to boost cooling, a charging behind both the front black rear diffuser and the light surrounds and badges.

is a well-built cabin with materials and switches, but with the cluster s tacho has been by a power meter that you know much charge and distance — you have in the battery pack.

RENAULT Fluence – Electric Car Expression+ 70kW Auto

The Fluence is yet to be independently, but Renault has done testing to demonstrated the safety — including piercing the with a large nail.

equipment includes six airbags, control, cruise control speed limiter and anti-skid with brake assist for in panic stops and brakeforce to counter uneven loading.

all its torque right from the the electric motor is reasonably and the whisper of noise when you set off quickly to a Jetson-esque whine as you more from the system. it also demands more and will savage the claimed

Lifting your foot off the helps by recapturing energy although it doesn t capture braking like some system — and also so strongly that you can often use the in place of brakes.

Over surfaces, the ride is as composed as a larger car, and well-balanced helped by the fairly even of weight, with a bit of bias the rear.

But the suspension and tyres rough patches to the steering and into the cabin, and you notice it because there s little from the motor.

Steering is light at city speeds which makes for easy — but some faster through hills showed it firms up as the speedo rises, it still lacks feel.

But the run also showed that the changes direction deftly, and flat even when through corners at speeds beyond your everyday

It s aimed mainly at fleets, of and at families who want to drive emissions. And it works well as a clean sedan — if a short on family luggage But any verdict on how well it will a private household will on how the final price fits household s budget.

It will down to how much you re prepared to pay to emissions. So you might not buy one, but ll come a time when you ll the driver blowing smoke in of you had.


. $40,000 +

Motor . 70kW/226Nm motor and lithium-ion batteries


RENAULT Fluence – Electric Car Expression+ 70kW Auto

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