Renault has unveiled the finalised designs of the Fluence and Kangoo Z.E. vehicles while announcing that those who wish to be among the first to drive them can pre-reserve their unit at www.renault-ze.com. Renault will contact these pioneering customers closer to the date of the vehicle’s release to obtain confirmation.
The Fluence Z.E. will be built in Turkey, on the same production line as the internal combustion engine-powered variants of the C-segment saloon. Production is due to begin in the first half of 2011. It will first go on sale in Denmark and Israel before reaching the rest of Europe from 2011. The Fluence Z.E. is powered by a synchronous electric motor with rotor coil. Peak power is 70kW at 11,000rpm, while maximum torque is 226 Nm.
The 22kW/h lithium-ion battery pack is located behind the rear seats, which explains the Z.E.’s rear heavy appearance (the electric Fluence is 4.75 m long, 13 cm longer than conventionally powered variants). The battery can be charged in between six and eight hours. At fast charge stations using a 32A 400V supply replenishes the battery in 30 minutes – this facility will be available from 2012. Range is 160 km and top speed is 135 km/h.
But what’s good EVs without the supporting infrastructure? As part of its zero emissions strategy, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is working actively with governments, administrative bodies, local authorities, energy providers and other partners. To date, it has signed more than 50 agreements across the world aimed at preparing markets and establishing the necessary infrastructure for the mass marketing of electric vehicles from 2011.
Renault estimates that electric vehicles will account for 10% of the world market by 2020. The Alliance is investing €4 billion in its zero emissions programme and a 2,000-strong team (1,000 at Renault and 1,000 at Nissan) is already working on electric vehicles
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