The 2010 Paris Motor Show sees Renault reveal the definitive version of its electrically powered, three-volume Renault Fluence Z.E. which will go on sale in Europe from mid-2011. Ordering opens
from 30th September. Prices will be between €21,300 and €26,000, depending on the local VAT rate and available tax incentive packages, excluding battery.
Renault Fluence Z.E. will sell in certain countries at prices similar to those of comparably powerful diesel versions of Renault Fluence with the same equiopment level. In France, for example, prices will start from €21,300 (with the €5,000 tax incentive deducted). From launch, Fluence Z.E. will come in a choice of two equipment levels.
Customers will also subscribe to a monthly lease starting from €79 (including VAT) to cover the battery.
As the compact segment's first three-box electric vehicle, it was imperative that Renault Fluence Z.E. should be recognizable at first glance. To distinguish it from the internal combustion engined-version, it comes with a package of specific features and details that unmistakably associate it with Renault's electric vehicle range. The electric version of Fluence stands at a length of 4.75 metres, which is 13 centimetres longer than its internal combustion-engined cousin in order to accommodate the battery behind the rear seats. At the same time, the lines of its flanks have been revised in order to maintain the same overall balance as the original version.
A vast interior space
Renault Fluence Z.E. is conclusive proof that electric vehicles do not have to be small, narrow and uncomfortable city cars with a limited touring ability. The new model is the same width as the internal combustion engined-version of Fluence, and the cabin space it delivers is worthy of that of a saloon car from the next segment up, including best-in-class front and rear elbow room.
Renault Fluence Z.E.'s interior is based on the same layout as the internal combustion-engined version. Only the rev-counter has been replaced by a bespoke instrument which displays data concerning remaining range and battery charge. The decorative trim of the uncluttered dashboard is picked out in a colour that is exclusive to the model, while the centre console includes the displays "forward", "reverse", "neutral" and "parking" which are the different positions for the transmission control lever.
Renault Fluence Z.E. also packs a raft of useful technologies, including a built-in smart navigation system, Bluetooth telephony and automatic dual-zone climate control, plus automatic headlamp and windscreen-wiper activation.
Motor, battery and charging methods
Fluence Z.E. is powered by a synchronous electric motor with rotor coil. Peak power is 70kW at 11,000rpm, while maximum torque is 226Nm. The weight of the motor – excluding peripherals – is 160kg. Acceleration performance is crisp and linear, with maximum torque available very early on.
The capacity of Renault Fluence Z.E.'s lithium-ion battery is 22kWh. The battery itself tips the scales at 250kg and is located behind the rear seats in order to free up a boot volume of 300dm3 (VDA/ISO).
An energy recovery system enables the battery to be charged when the car decelerates.
It will be possible to charge the battery of Renault Fluence Z.E. in one of three ways:
Via a household mains supply (10A or 16A, 220V) which will fully charge the battery in between six and eight hours. This method is particularly suited to vehicles which are charged during the workday or at night, since it permits owners to benefit from the off-peak rates available in certain countries.
At fast charge stations using a 32A 400V supply which enables the battery to be charged in approximately 30 minutes (available in 2012 or 2013, depending on model).
The QuickDrop battery switch system will enable Renault Fluence Z.E.'s battery to be swapped in approximately three minutes at bespoke battery exchange stations.