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The Renault Fluence Z.E. Swappable Batteries But No Hatch

By J. Masson · February 10,

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Executives from the alliance have clearly their desire to be the global in electric cars. In pursuit of goal, the Fluence Z.E. Emission) is the model that appeal to the most conservative On the other hand, it’s is a classic compact 4-door segment of the market that few buyers in western Europe.

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The Ford Focus, which is the same size, used to be as a hatchback and a sedan, but there so few buyers for the sedan that stopped selling it in most markets. Europeans love hatchbacks, and the Fluence is the sedan of the Renault Megane, which is a So why didn’t Renault make an version of the Megane? It would a lot more people in Europe. Or it be that western Europe the main market for the Fluence?

It certainly isn’t for the gasoline and it won’t be for the electric one either.

a global world. The Fluence wears the name of a French but it’s built in Turkey, and its market will be Israel. is the car that Better Place use for its battery exchange scheme. The is the first production electric car has been specifically designed so its battery can be swapped in three at Better Place battery stations.

There isn’t a single one of stations in France right nor in Germany. Few people are expecting any to be because nobody knows who pay for their construction.

Making the easy to swap involved a lot of work. The Renault Megane is 169 inches long; the gasoline sedan is 182 inches; and the electric is 187 inches. Renault had to redesign the rear end, and make it so that it could accept a where a battery can be very swapped. Located just the rear axle, the battery is a unit, built with the cells used in the Nissan

Making the 22-kWh battery swappable meant reducing the to 10.6 cubic feet of space, from 18.7 in the Fluence. The extra cargo would be nice, but with a range of 100 miles, maybe not essential.

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Weight is up from 2,785 in the base 1.6-liter gasoline to 3,405 pounds in the electric but this shouldn’t be a problem as it has torque167-lbs/ft to be exact, with 70 kW of I asked if it was the same motor as the LEAF, and the answer was negative. But seen many times Renault and Nissan are very at sharing parts.

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I’m pretty sure motor is a close cousin to the one in the Top speed is limited at 84 mph. it comes to acceleration, Renault it has benchmarked this model to the Fluence, so it should be adequate, if not

The Fluence Z.E. is available to in France and several other countries, but deliveries have delayed. They should started in July, but it’ll likely be September. Nobody has able to explain me why, than saying that want to be sure everything’s

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The price is euros (

$35,800) with a level of standard equipment, but people will pay less the government gives a 5,000-euro for electric cars. The sad thing is this price does not the battery, which will an extra monthly payment of ($107).

Renault has the same strategy for its Kangoo. It explains selling electric cars their batteries gives the same prices as diesel and that all included, the total of ownership is lower. But many may prefer the Nissan LEAF should be available just 30,000 euros with the incentive, battery included.

Also, it’s a hatch!

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