Electric Renault Fluence prices revealed

The price takes into account the £5,000 discount offered by the government and undercuts the similar-size Nissan Leaf and the smaller Mitsubishi i-MiEV by over £6,000.

This does not include the cost of leasing the battery, which starts from £75 per month based on 6,000 miles/three years, but Renault says it will reveal more contract lengths closer to the launch date.

Pre-orders of the Renault Fleunce Z.E. have begun today with a deposit of £20 needed to secure the newest electric car on the market.

Despite the low price, the Renault Fluence Z.E. is one of the more practical electric vehicles on the market because of its saloon body style.

It also boasts a range of up to 115 miles – the longest range of any electric car eligible for the government’s plug-in grant today.

Inside, Renault has revealed the standard equipment list for its flagship petrol car. The single trim level includes 16" alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control and a Carminat TomTom Live smart satellite navigation courtesy of the French marque’s tie-in with TomTom.

The car will also boast an ‘ecometer’ to show range and advise on driving styles to save energy.

The Renault Fluence Z.E. is one of four new all-electric Renault vehicles set to be released over the next two years.

Powered by a 95hp electric drivetrain, the Fluence is the largest electric car in the range. A smaller Renault Zoe supermini will follow it into the UK market alongside a two-seat Renault Twizy model.

An electric van, the Renault Kangoo Van Z.E., will be the first all-electric Renault vehicle to go on sale in the UK when it arrives later this year.