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Renault Fluence ZE – the best electric car yet?

The Renault ZE is a big improvement on other electric Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Jeremy doesn’t like electric Among his more reasonable are that you can’t go much than 100 miles on a charge, and the batteries might cost a bit to when they wear

Well, Renault’s Fluence ZE go some way to making him feel a bit towards pure electric at least on these fronts.

of all, the Fluence Zero manages to look like a car. That’s really not a – the G-Wiz. for example, looks something drawn by a sugar-addled The Fluence, by comparison, is a handsome and conventional saloon.

Observers won’t have a that it’s powered by instead of petrol.

Based on a car’s design, this version does 0-62mph in and a top speed of 84mph. Those sports car numbers of course, but the Fluence ZE delivers all of its torque zero revs, it does to feel quicker than the suggest.

The five-seat interior feels It’s quite roomy up and there is space in the back for a of adults. But because the battery lives between the back and the boot, the latter is a bit compromised.

the only real clue you’re in a pure-electric car is the charge-level where you’d normally a rev counter. There is also a that shows how much you’re using at any given

And driving the Fluence ZE couldn’t be Turn the key and the word Go appears on the Slot the automatic shifter D and off you go.

It really is that simple – you’re underway, the only that the Renault is electric is the absence of noise at lower and the seamless acceleration, unbroken by the gearshift jerks.

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The Fluence ZE is quite good fun to drive on roads, too. The ride while firm, is not uncomfortable.


And the thing that everybody to know about – range. says that the Fluence ZE can go 115 on a charge. But drive aggressively, as might like to, and that fall to 50 or 60 miles.

Renault is also attempting to the battery life issue. you buy the ZE, you own the car but only lease the battery. means Renault sorts any that might arise and that the battery in your car never have less 75% of its original efficiency.

And there’s a range of battery hire with Renault – for example, a contract costs £81 per month a 9,000-mile annual mileage

At £17,850 after the £5,000 plug-in car grant, the Fluence ZE be the least expensive pure-electric car on sale mid-2012. Bear in though, that you’ll to stump up another £799 to the recommended home charging as well as the monthly battery fee. Against that, costs will be much than for a diesel or petrol-powered

I’m pretty sure the Fluence ZE wouldn’t convert but it could win over a great others.

• Will Dron is managing of electric car site TheChargingPoint.com

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