It looks like things are running according to schedule for the Renault Fluence Z.E. pilot programme in the country – it was reported last October that the Turkish-built C-segment hybrid saloon was due in sometime in the first quarter, and it’s now here.

A Fluence Z.E. example has been spotted in Renault’s PJ showroom, and this should be the first of the pilot fleet set to be deployed here. The car was also spotted parked at the EV charging station at KLCC by reader Farhat Haniff, who sent us a shot of it. We sampled the Fluence Z.E. briefly last October, and it’s quite a nippy thing, despite its 4.75 metre-long size.

The car is powered by a 160 kg synchronous electric motor with rotor coil and has 70 kW at 3,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 226 Nm for output figures. The operating range is 185 km on a NEDC cycle, with a top speed of 135 km/h.

The Fluence Z.E. is equipped with 22 kW/h lithium-ion battery pack weighing 280 kg, located behind the rear seats, which explains the Z.E.’s largish rear and a sacrifice in boot space, but there’s still 317 litres of usable space on call. Charging time for the car is between six and eight hours in standard mode, but at fast charge – using a 32A 400V supply – the unit can be replenished in 30 minutes.