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Renault set to launch electric car before 2012

James Day 11 Aug 2011 3:16 pm

Ecowheels: The car company is launching more new vehicles in the next year any other manufacturer but there s a they are jumping the gun.

have announced they be launching a range of electric including the Twizy (pictured), now and 2012

The definition of Renault’s slogan ‘Va Va Voom’ is lively, passionate and exciting. In recent it has covered these bases its Renaultsport range; bold including the booty-shaking Mégane; and 1 engines deemed worthy for champions Red Bull.

Is all that about to change? announcement at the 2009 Frankfurt Show that an electric car would go into production year shocked many, accusations it was abandoning its roots and its eco hand too early.

Renault be making a huge commitment by 4 EV cars: Twizy, Kangoo, Zoe and the Sedan

‘I’ve heard from people saying has bet the farm on electric vehicles,’ Andy Heiron, head of the vehicle programme at Renault UK. ‘If going to do it you need to offer a of vehicles and we’ve made a significant investment.’

Heiron, 45, had with the company for 23 years being handed the ‘the interesting, broad and quickly job’ he’s ever had at the end of

‘Somebody said to  me EV years are dog years,’ he says. ‘We’ve in about seven years of into just 18 months and I think about what we talking about just a ago, people have their opinions and now a lot of manufacturers are their forecasts quite

The Renault Kangoo is one of four cars to be released by Renault now and 2012 (Picture: Getty)

a collective movement towards vehicles.  There’s still a lot of out there but the only proof of  particular pudding is going to be in the

Between now and October next Renault will be bringing an four EV models to the British a Kangoo van in November; the ultra-compact in March next year; the Sedan next summer; and hatchback the Zoe (pictured below) in 2012.

Renault’s huge EV seems all the more risky as has long had an unwavering love with diesel.‘I don’t we should write-off France as an EV says Heiron. ‘Admittedly and Peugeot have taken a product but all of the major manufacturers and a few ones have embraced it.

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[diesel] love affair go on. We’ve never said will move across to electric vehicles, it will become a closer choice petrol, diesel and electric. will switch to fit their compass, others because it financial sense.’

To achieve the latter, Renault it has taken a unique approach to Motorists lease the costly rather than owning it, rivals like the £25,990 Leaf.

‘Take Fluence,’ says.  ‘You pay £17,850 on the It’s totally different to the products already out there in the mid to £20,000s.’

Battery leasing typically cost between £70 or £80 a depending on your contract and the of miles per year.

‘The battery is £75 including VAT for a three-year, miles-a-year contract,’ adds ‘That’s comparable to a full of fuel in a small to medium car.

‘In terms of realistic running and forget off-peak  Economy 7 tariffs, £3 will charge a battery, that’ll get you 100 miles. 3p a mile compared with up to

Range anxiety and charging problems still exist ‘There is always going to be a of faith,’ Heiron concedes. ‘I know what it means but tell me there’s going to be a effect.’


Renault is among the manufacturers exhibiting at EcoVelocity month, if  the proof is in the pudding, down and try a slice  of French

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