Renault Fluence Z.E.


Other electric Renault’s set to turn the French car maker into an extremely green brand is the new Fluenece Zero Emission, going on sale early next year.

First unveiled as a concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009, Fluence Z.E. will be launched in the UK in mid-2012. It is aimed at private customers and fleet operators looking for a four-door saloon which is both economical and more respectful of the environment.

Fluence Z.E. is the first affordable, all-electric three-box saloon, and completes Renault’s offer in this segment with a version that doesn’t produce any emissions during its use on the road. It features elegant lines, a comfortable interior and a raft of useful technologies. The well-made and well-equipped family saloon is priced from £22,850 on the road.

Fluence Z.E. Renault Fluence Z.E.

Details in the press release below:

1- GETTING TO KNOW FLUENCE Z.E.

Step through the door of a Renault dealership and take two minutes to look around Fluence Z.E..

As the saloon segment’s first electric vehicle, it was necessary for Fluence Z.E. to be instantly recognisable.

To distinguish itself from its internal combustion-engined cousin, Fluence Z.E. features the distinctive and defining hallmarks of Renault’s electric vehicles. Fluence Z.E. is instantly recognisable thanks to a number of blue-tinted details, from the lights and fog light surrounds, to the front and rear Renault logos and the Fluence badge. Fluence Z.E. also features entirely redesigned rear lights – including a strip of blue-tinted diamond shapes – plus a specific, more open grille design.

With an overall length of 4.75 metres, the electric version of Fluence is 13cm longer than the internal combustion-engined model. This has enabled the batteries to be located behind the rear seats. The sides have consequently been redesigned to maintain the visual balance of the original version. Employing fluid, crisp lines, the design of Fluence Z.E. features longer quarter panels which harmonise with the longer rear overhang.

The rear window, now framed by lengthened quarter panels similar to those seen on some coupes, is extended by a gloss black strip. The lights also contribute to the overall visual balance of the car by extending onto the sides of the body.

In harmony with this distinctive profile, Fluence Z.E. stands out through its gloss black mirror housings, body colour bumpers (standard on Dynamique versions) and charging flaps located on both front wheel arches. The boot lid features a chrome strip with an embossed, blue-tinted Fluence Z.E. monogram. Finally, the lower part of the rear bumper features a black diffuser to reduce aerodynamic drag. In the same spirit, the alloy wheel design, which is unique to Fluence Z.E., has been designed to reduce aerodynamic turbulence. Seven body colours are available, including Energy Blue, a new shade exclusive to Fluence Z.E.

A WELCOMING INTERIOR

Fluence Z.E. is proof that an electric vehicle doesn’t have to be a small city car.

Fluence Z.E.’s interior comes with all the features you would expect to find in an internal combustion-engined version. The on-board computer now displays essential ‘electric vehicle’ information, such as instantaneous and average fuel consumption, range, battery charge and discharge. The ‘energy gauge’ indicates the battery’s level of charge, in the same way as a conventional fuel gauge. The trim strip on the uncluttered dashboard is in an exclusive aluminium shade.

The width of Fluence Z.E. is the same as that of the internal combustion-engined version, which means its cabin is as spacious as that of a saloon car from the next segment up, including elbow room (1,480mm front/1,475mm rear) and rear space among the best in its class.

Thanks to the lengthened rear section, boot capacity remains unchanged at 317dm3, in spite of the incorporation of the battery. A folding panel is incorporated at the back of boot to facilitate storage of the battery charging cable, optimised when this panel is positioned vertically. Access is simplified thanks to the low sill (698mm) and wide aperture (1,020mm).

Fluence Z.E. provides more than 23 litres of storage space in the cabin, including a nine-litre illuminated glove box, a 2.2 litre cubby in the centre console and front door bins of 2.6 litres each.

ERGONOMIC DRIVING POSITION

It takes no time to adapt to Renault Fluence Z.E. thanks to its carefully designed ergonomics and simplified interfaces.

It is easy to find the ideal driving position thanks to a range of adjustment possibilities, as well as controls within easy reach. It is possible to adjust the angle of the seat back and head rest, modify the lumbar support, adjust the height of the steering wheel or adapt the seating position (height and fore/aft position adjustable through 70mm and 240mm respectively).

Fluence Z.E. features a raft of useful technologies, such as an integrated navigation system, networked and adapted for electric vehicles, Bluetooth® telephony and dual-zone automatic climate control, plus automatic headlight and wiper activation. In order to make them easier to use, these systems are perfectly integrated to ensure outstanding ergonomics: controls for the radio, telephone and cruise control, for example, can be reached without moving one’s hands from the steering wheel.

NETWORKED SERVICES FOR OPTIMUM MOBILITY

Fluence Z.E. includes a large, centrally-positioned screen which serves as the control panel for your new electric world.

A suite of networked services permits intelligent mobility aimed at optimising range, finding the ideal route and, in the case of business customers, optimising the management of fleets.

With the My Z.E. Connect Pack, you can also access range-related data from outside your vehicle, on your smart phone or computer. At work, at home or wherever you may be, it is possible find out about the status of the battery (level of charge, time required for it to be fully charged, vehicle range, etc.), receive a warning that the battery charge is getting low or consult your battery charging history.

2- ON THE ROAD TO A NEW EXPERIENCE

The first surprise when you test an electric vehicle is the silence when you’re on the move. There’s no engine noise, and careful attention has been paid to the cabin’s soundproofing to make the most of this new environment. At standstill, the car seems to be ‘switched off’, although an audible signal – coupled with a ‘GO’ light – tells you that Fluence Z.E. is ready to drive. It pulls away in total silence, but you soon become guided by wind and road noise. Driving is calmer, more serene; motoring has never felt quite so Zen…

The second surprise is its electric motor. Peak power of this synchronous electric motor with rotor coil is 70kW (equivalent to 95hp) at 3,000rpm, while maximum torque is 226Nm. This torque is delivered instantaneously and ensures crisp, immediate and constant acceleration across the power range. Having maximum torque available every time you press the throttle guarantees a safe and enjoyable drive. It’s a unique, astonishing feeling, and perfectly suited to today’s mobility needs and driving challenges. You no longer need to shift gear, either; you just concentrate on the road ahead. Driving is as fun as it is reassuring.

Fluence Z.E. also signals the end for exhaust fumes; no unpleasant smells, no more smoke… Clean and quiet, Fluence Z.E. will radically change the quality of life in built-up areas.

A BESPOKE ARCHITECTURE

Fluence Z.E.’s architecture has been modified compared to the internal combustion-engined Fluence in order to meet the specific requirements of its electric motor.

Fluence Z.E. has been completely rethought. Not only is it longer, but its weight distribution is also influenced by the electric motor which is lighter than any of the internal combustion engines available for Fluence (160 kg compared to 200 kg for an entry level diesel powerplant). The front end has consequently been designed with softer suspension. At the rear, however, the battery has introduced additional mass, 280 kg, although its location near the drive train – between the rear seats and the boot – has no detrimental impact on handling. The redesigned rear end contributes to Fluence Z.E.’s safety performance and driving enjoyment, since the revised weight distribution ensures a well-balanced and easy handling package.

Fluence Z.E. is fitted with low rolling resistance tyres. The Goodyear-developed EfficientGrip reduces fuel consumption thanks to extensive work on its carcass and sidewalls. The tread pattern, which is identical to that of a traditional tyre, permits a high standard of road holding and braking performance.

The electronic driving aids – ABS and ESC – have been recalibrated to match the different weight distribution resulting from the addition of the battery. In terms of passive safety, the structure of Fluence Z.E. has been modified to ensure the same level of safety as the internal combustion-engined version of the car. Meanwhile, the rear sub-frame and chassis rails have been strengthened in order to accommodate the battery. Fluence Z.E. is extensively equipped for its segment, with safety features including double seat belt pretensioners and six airbags as standard.

MILLIONS OF MILES OF TESTING

Hot and cold weather, dry and wet climates, rough and dusty roads… The shock treatment inflicted on Fluence Z.E. during its testing phase confirmed its strength and robustness in all conditions.

Fluence Z.E. has benefited from a design process that goes well beyond that of Fluence. It has been subjected to numerous extreme endurance tests in order to guarantee optimal reliability and durability, particularly with respect to the demanding driving conditions encountered in certain markets. It has also been developed to deliver optimum safety thanks to a long list of equipment including ABS and emergency brake assist as standard features, ESC, up to six airbags, three-point seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, cruise control and speed limiter, etc.

In the course of its development, Fluence Z.E. underwent a gruelling endurance test programme in extremely exacting conditions (extreme heat, cold weather, poor roads, dusty conditions, etc.). More than 100 test vehicles completed almost five million kilometres. In addition to the standard procedures, additional tests were carried out to cover the specific requirements of electric drive.

As an electric vehicle, Fluence Z.E. launched new ways for extreme testing of a new car, from fire tests and flooding to electronic compatibility and cutting open, etc. This work was carried out in close collaboration with specialist engineers, fire fighters and France’s Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Lodging, but Fluence Z.E. came through every test with flying colours.

Months of more conventional road tests also enabled Fluence Z.E.’s ability to cope real-world motoring conditions to be validated.

3- A SIMPLE ALL-INCLUSIVE OFFER

Renault UK has appointed a network of 20 Renault Z.E. Expert Dealers who have invested in specialist tooling, training for both sales and workshop staff (including accreditation to a European standard for electrical safety from both the IMI and Lloyds Register) and showroom display. In addition these Z.E. Dealers will have a demonstrator for each model in the Z.E. range.

The whole Renault network will however have a role to play in the sale of electric vehicles handling initial enquiries and passing these to the nearest Z.E. Dealer and are also able to carry out non-specialist maintenance operations.

In the Z.E. Dealership, customers will receive a comprehensive explanation of the electric vehicle technology. During handover of the vehicle, the technician starts the Z.E. services. In order to help you familiarise the driver with their new car, tutorials are available on the internet. Finally, a Customer Relations Freephone Hotline has been established for any questions you they have and, from November 2011, owners will also be able to chat to Customer Relations direct from the Renault UK Z.E website.

RENAULT Z.E.: AFFORDABLE MOBILITY

Renault electric vehicles come with a sale or lease price comparable to that of their diesel-engined equivalents (after the Plug-In Car Grant, ‘PiCG’ financial incentive).

Depending on market and tariffs, the cost of the energy used by a Z.E. vehicle is between five and 10 times lower than that of the fuel burned in an internal combustion-engined vehicle. For example, with Fluence Z.E, a range of 115 miles costs approximately £3 (depending on price per kWh) which marks a clean break compared to the fuel budget required for an internal combustion-engined vehicle. With an electric vehicle, the battery hire cost must also be included in the calculation. For an annual mileage of 9,000, for example, the additional cost is just under 11p/mile (based on a monthly hire agreement of £81 over 3 years).  Further mileage and duration permutations will be available nearer the launch date.

Renault electric vehicles are affordable both to buy and run, and stand out as an attractive option for business customers and ordinary motorists alike.

Summary of purchase and battery hire prices

Fluence Z.E. Prime Time      £22,850 on the road

Less PiGC          £5,000

Net price           £17,850

Monthly battery hire (3 years, 9,000 miles per annum)     £81.00

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