The Fluence was named the winner of the challenge based on its environmental performance, energy consumption and more conventional aspects such as braking, acceleration and manoeuvrability.
The challenge, Challenge Bibendum, is now into its 11th year. It is designed to showcase challenges facing the car industry, including sustainability issues.
The Fluence Z.E., which runs on purely electric power, was calculated as having 57g/km of CO2 when well-to-wheel output is calculated – eight per cent better than any other vehicle in the challenge.
To complete the 300Km course, the Fluence Z.E. needed on battery swap en-route. The battery swap technology has been designed by Renault to reduce the amount of time waiting for electric cars to charge.
The French manufacturer is currently investigating the technology for use at electric charging stations. If batteries can be swapped quickly, it could reduce the range anxiety seen as a barrier to electric vehicles.
The Renault Fluence Z.E. is one of four new all-electric vehicles set for release in the UK from the French brand.
The first will be the new Renault Kangoo Z.E. van, followed by the Fluence Z.E. saloon, Zoe supermini and Twizy city car.
Designed as part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the Renault electric range uses similar technology to the Nissan Leaf, which is currently on sale in the UK.
“The tests are the same for all vehicles taking part so it is a level playing field. The results show that the 100% electric Renault Fluence Z.E. and Nissan LEAF can more than hold their own with conventional cars when it comes to dynamic performance yet comprehensively outscores them on environmental performance,” said Hidetoshi Watanabe, corporate vice president, Global Zero Emission Vehicle Business Unit, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.