| 29th June 2011
Renault's pulling out all the electric stops with four electric vehicles (EVs) in the pipeline; starting with the Fluence Z.E.
Renault will launch the UK’s cheapest electric vehicle (EV) when the Fluence Z.E. arrives early next year at a start price of £17,850, including the Plug-In car grant.
That means the new Fluence EV – a Megane-sized saloon – is over £6,000 cheaper than both the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV city car.
Unfortunately the French manufacturer’s list price doesn’t include battery leasing costs which will stand at £75 per month and cover just 6,000 miles from launch, however it expects to reveal a range of different contract lengths and mileage limits closer to its 2012 launch date.
The Fluence is a typical Renault saloon with its raked headlights and the signature bonnet. Inside, it is heavily influenced by the Megane with just one specification available comprising 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, climate control and a Carminat TomTom satellite navigation system.
Where it differs is with the inclusion of an ‘ecometer’ which displays battery charge and range for the electric drivetrain under the Fluence’s bonnet.
It will be driven by a 95hp electric motor capable of a range of 115 miles and developing 226Nm of torque.
The Renault Fluence Z.E. is available to pre-order now with a £20 deposit online however it will not be the first electric Renault to hit UK forecourts with the Kangoo Van Z.E. set for release some months before the electric saloon.
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